Oxford “sixth” for student experience

first_imgOxford’s lowest categories were “good student union” with a score of 4.1, “cheap bar/shop/amenities” with 4.5 and “fair workload” with 4.7 points.Some students feel this survey does not reflect their experience at Oxford.“If Oxford has dropped from third to sixth, the adjudicators clearly haven’t been to Camera on a Tuesday night,” said Sebastian Leape, who reads PPE at Keble College.“I feel like my experience is probably worthy of first or at worst second place.”Jake Lancaster, however, a first year student of English, finds the social scene lacking.“No one is satisfied with cheap and sticky club nights that leave you feeling disgusted with yourself,” he complained.“Nowhere has a vibe that even approaches cool.”In spite of Oxford’s drop in the Student Experience ranking, THE’s 2010-2011 World University Rankings name Oxford, along with Cambridge, as the best university in Europe and the sixth in the world.The World University Rankings places more weight on aspects of universities such as the volume and influence of the research produced by the faculty than on quality of student life.Experts warn against placing too much emphasis on surveys and statistics when choosing a university.“There will be no statistical significance in the scores of similarly ranked universities,” said Eleanor Simmons, associate director of OpinionPanel, the market research company that conducted the survey.It is also difficult to generalise about elements such as accommodation and facilities that can vary significantly from college to college.However, higher tuition fees might cause students to research their choice of universities more thoroughly and give more consideration to surveys like these.NUS President Aaron Porter told THE, “As tuition fees are once again tripled, students will increase the pressure on their universities to deliver a high standard of academic, social and environmental experience.” The University of Oxford has fallen to sixth place in the 2010 Times Higher Education national “Student Experience” rankings, released last week. Oxford has consistently dropped in the rankings, after coming third in 2009 and second in 2008, and this year suffered particularly in categories of living expenses and workload.Cambridge has also suffered a drop in the rankings, from second in 2009 to fourth in 2010. The chart is topped for the fifth year running by Loughborough University. THE also deems Oxford students’ experience inferior to that of our counterparts at Sheffield, East Anglia and Dundee. The survey covers twenty-one categories ranging from quality of tuition, interest of staff and structure of course, to social life, community atmosphere and quality of facilities. The rankings are based on responses from 13,000 students at 113 different universities.The survey is entirely student-based, with even the categories being generated by students.  Oxford’s scores are based on the replies of 224 undergraduates representing various courses, colleges and years.  Respondents are recruited by email invitations from the University and Colleges Admissions Service.The universities ranked in the top ten have not changed since last year, though their positions within the  ten have shifted.Despite a disappointing overall ranking, Oxford came first in the categories of “good personal relationship with teaching staff,” with 6.3 out of seven possible points, and “tuition in small groups,” with 6.9 points compared to Cambridge’s 6.8. Oxford also scored well in the “high-quality staff/course” category, topping the table along with Cambridge, each with 6.5, and received a high mark of 6.6 for “good library and library opening hours.”“It is an endorsement of the tutorial system, and testament to the hard work of our teaching staff, that Oxford ranks so highly in areas such as small group teaching, good relationships between staff and students, and the quality of teaching provided,” said a spokesperson for the University.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Celebrates “Ether Sunday” In Excellent Capitol Theatre Finale [Review/Videos]

first_imgSETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/16/17 (via @Dianna_2ns)Set One: Drifting, Magilla, Sometime After Sunset, Alive Again, O-o-h Child, 1977, It Makes No Difference, Small Axe, Last Tube, Lever Boy, BounceSet Two: Money Love & Change, The Way I Feel, Tuesday, Ocelot, Goodbye Head, Architect, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, MacArthur Park, Ether Sunday, First TubeEncore: Black DogTAB tour continues on Thursday at The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. For tickets and information on upcoming shows, head to Trey’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew O’Brien] Last night, Trey Anastasio Band returned to the Capitol Theatre for the second and final night of their tour-opening run at the historic Port Chester, NY venue following an impressive tour opener on Friday. Many Phish fans–notoriously opinionated and critical to begin with–have an interesting relationship with Trey Anastasio‘s other band. The Phish faithful still flock to see the horn-driven 8-piece whenever they’re out on the road, but idioms like “if you’ve seen one TAB show, you’ve seen them all” and “still wish it was Phish” frequently float around Internet forums and social media.TAB has been around for over a decade, but Trey has increasingly pushed focus toward his solo outfit as the years have passed. Just today, an extended discussion broke out on one of the many Phish-focused groups on Facebook speculating about whether the new next-day LivePhish TAB soundboards, the presence of the familiar webcast cameras, decreased touring from Phish, and a spike in dates for TAB signify the beginning of weening the audience off the Phish. And that prospect makes some of the band’s die-hard devotees just a little bit nervous.There’s no denying that the band’s lineup–Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals), Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals), Ray Paczkowski (keys), James Casey (saxophone), and Cyro Baptista (percussion)–is extremely talented. The gripes about TAB mainly stem from the notion that Trey–the main draw of the ensemble–is simply not at his best in this medium. While we can (and have, at great length) debated the merits/drawbacks of TAB from a Phish-facing perspective, last night made one thing abundantly clear: whatever we all think of TAB, Trey fuckin’ loves it, and that excited energy is coming across in a big way right now.The show saw the band tear through TAB staples like “Sometime After Sunset,” “Lever Boy,” “Bounce,” “Money Love & Change,” “The Architect,” “Last Tube,” and “First Tube,” as well as a pair of Phish tunes–a brassed-up “Ocelot” reminiscent of Phish’s 12/31/16 rendition with the TAB horns, and an excellent take on A Picture of Nectar instrumental “Magilla.” The band also ran through several of the most exciting covers in their repertoire, including The Five Stairsteps‘ “O-o-h Child”, Anna Tijoux‘s “1977” (delivered, as always, with Latin flair by Natalie Cressman), The Band‘s “It Makes No Difference,” Bob Marley‘s “Small Axe,” Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and more. You could feel the energy radiating off the stage all night. Trey was locked throughout the show, thoroughly enjoying the abilities of his bandmates and leading the way with thick, distorted guitar vamps and soaring, “peak Trey” refrains, bobbing and weaving intently like a boxer with a chip on his shoulder. James Casey (“on the cowbell…and other things,” says Trey) shined brightly–particularly when, at the boss’s urging, he grabbed his bass sax to trade fiery licks with the guitarist. Russ impeccably kept the beat, Cyro added vibrant texture, Tony held down the backbone, and Ray colored in the lines with his fluttering keys. But while everyone onstage excelled–and while Trey was obviously at the center of it all–last night was the Jennifer Hartswick show. Among other (ample) highlights, Hartswick led the band through two more classic covers (Donna Summer‘s “MacArthur Park” and a roaring encore performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Black Dog”), both of which left Anastasio–and the audience–happily bewildered. Add that to the funny exchange that saw a sign-weilding fan wishing the band a “Happy Ether Sunday” get their request granted by an amused Trey, and you’ve got one highly entertaining evening of live music.Sure, TAB won’t give you 25-minute improvisational odysseys. They may not give you a totally different setlist every night. You might see Trey hang back and let the other skilled musicians onstage take the spotlight. And you may still wish that you were seeing Phish–hell, wishing I was at a Phish show is my resting mental state 95% of the time. But even the most jaded of vets will have a hard time hating on Trey Anastasio Band right now. This ensemble is hot, and the temperature is steadily rising. For now, we’ll just enjoy the great shows TAB is turning in, and keep crossing our fingers that Trey continues to make time for both of his bands.You can watch fan-shot videos from the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user rdeal1999:last_img read more

Long Island Easter Egg Hunts, Parades & Brunches 2018

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Easter may be arriving early this year, but with many local egg hunts, parades, crafts, and brunches, the fun doesn’t have to stop. Whether it’s a gourmet meal or a heartwarming day spent with the Easter Bunny, hop on over to these family friendly events to make Easter season truly eggcellent.Spring EggstravaganzaStarting with a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit and ending with “carrot patch cookie” decorating, this seasonally themed family fun night will make for many big smiles! Long Island Children’s Museum. 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. licm.org. $9-11. 6-9 p.m. Mar. 24.Caumsett Foundation Members Annual Egg HuntOpen to members of The Caumsett Foundation and their families, this Annual Egg Hunt will have refreshments, crafts, petting zoos, and a special guest appearance by Mr. Bunny and Mr. Carrot for photos after the hunt! 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor. caumsettfoundation.org. $8 for parking. 10:30 a.m. Mar. 31.Easter Bonnet ParadeCan you design the best bonnet? Calling all bonnet enthusiasts and Easter lovers alike, this Easter Bonnet Parade will meet in front of Muse Restaurant and follow the Easter Bunny down Main Street! Open to all. Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborchamber.com. Free. 1 p.m. Mar 31.EggstravaganzaDesigned for children from ages 5-12, your tweens and toddlers will be able to decorate their very own ‘nests’ and Easter eggs to bring home! Reservations required. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. quoguewildliferefuge.org. $8 per child. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Mar 31.Egg Hunt and Spring FestivalRumor has it the Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance at this fun-filled event with face painting, storytelling, wildlife programs, egg hunts, and relay races! Sweetbriar Nature Center. 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown. sweetbriarnc.org. $15 for child, $5 for adults. 12 p.m. Mar 31.Easter Egg Hunt at The FarmWith a different field for each age group participating, all your little ones will be able to egg hunt at their own pace! Craft vendors each day and frequent Easter Bunny sightings make the pastoral setting of Benner’s farm an ideal place for Easter festivities! No registration required. Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com. $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Mar. 31-Apr. 1.Easter Egg Hunt at Pump It UpYour kids will hop, jump, and bounce to find as many prize-redeemable Easter Eggs as they can! After working up an appetite hunting for eggs, the bagel breakfast will feature a special fluffy guest for pictures. Reservations required. Pump It Up. 225 Community Dr., Great Neck. pumpitupparty.com. $19.95. 9 a.m. Mar. 24.Egg HuntAccompany your little ones on this special program designed for the youngest members of the family! Peter Cottontail’s Trail will be the setting for an egg hunt followed by a fun Easter craft and gift for each child. Reservations required. Ages 2-4. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. quoguewildliferefuge.org. $8 per child. 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Apr 1.Easter Brunch at The AquariumHunt for eggs among sea anemone and exotic fish! This eggcentric adventure features an incredible brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom, craft stations, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and full admission to the aquariums many exhibits! Reservation required. Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com. Adults $54.95, Children 3-12 $26.95, Children 2 & under free. 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. Apr. 1.Sapphire Princess Easter Egg HuntWith eggs hidden starboard and portside, this egg hunt is rumored to be a splash! What better place to bring in Easter than a brunch aboard one of Long Island’s finest yachts? Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Princess, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. captloufleet.com. $45-70. 10 a.m-2 p.m. Apr. 1.Easter Parade and Egg HuntA lovely Easter Parade in Port Jefferson’s scenic village will be followed by an egg hunt extravaganza for the whole family! Port Jefferson Village, 101 East Bway., Port Jefferson. portjeff.com. Free. 12-1:30 p.m. Apr. 1.Easter Brunch BuffetSpring into Easter with an elaborate brunch buffet including mimosas and Bloody Marys! An egg hunt, followed by a visit to the petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny will have the whole family smiling! Woodbury Country Club, 884 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. woodburycc.com. $59.95 adult, $25.95 Children 3-12, Children 2 and under Free. 12-3 p.m. Apr. 1Egg Hunt on the BeachEnjoy an exquisite three-course dinner off the specially selected Easter Menu! With delicate flavors of spring and a signature carrot cake offered for dessert, the beachfront dinner and egg hunt is sure to be a delight! The Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. cometotheocean.com. $55 adults and $20 children 12 and under. Seatings available at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. Apr. 1.Classic Easter BrunchBottomless mimosas and champagne will be a staple at this Easter Brunch! Serving comfort classics like crispy bacon and buttery stacks of pancakes, The Library Cafe offers delicious and hearty breakfast favorites to celebrate Spring! The Library Cafe 274 Main St., Farmingdale lessings.com $25 per Adult $10.85 Children 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr. 1.Easter Brunch at The MansionBoasting an elaborate dessert table with a chocolate fountain and numerous delectable pastries, this splendid Easter Brunch will be set in one of Long Island’s renowned mansions. The Mansion at West Sayville 200 Main St., West Sayville lessings.com $49.95 per Adult $19.95 Children 4-10 Reservations available at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Apr. 1.-Compiled by Karly Eberly and Stephanie Perronelast_img read more

USA Basketball names 17 finalists for FIBA World Cup team

first_img Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup FIBA World Cup 2019: Hawks’ Trae Young leaves Team USA camp with ‘minor injury’ The rest of the players making the trip to California for practices Aug. 13-15 and an Aug. 16 exhibition against Spain are: Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker,  Myles Turner and Kemba Walker. USA Basketball needs to cut that group down to 12 before it opens the tournament Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic in Shanghai, and it sounds as if the braintrust plans to take its time in doing so. “We’re bringing a couple of young players from the Select Team so we’re going to be patient with the rest of the squad because we have plenty of time, we have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12,” Colangelo said in a release. “Forty-eight hours before Game 1 in China is when we have to submit a roster so we want to make sure everyone gets a real shot.  That group includes 13 of the 15 players invited to Vegas as part of the full national team, plus four more added from the select team that provided the opposition all week and in Friday’s scrimmage. The two national team players not moving on are Thaddeus Young and Bam Adebayo, while Marvin Bagley III and Derrick White were late additions from the select team after De’Aaron Fox and Joe Harris had been promoted earlier in the week.  Related News “There’s some things we like about every one of the players but how do we come to 12? We don’t have to make the decision now and we want to give everyone a real shot.”📽️ Highlights from @TMobileArena, where the USA Men’s National Team (Blue) defeated the USA Select Team (White) 97-78 in an intrasquad exhibition on Friday night 👇#USABMNT pic.twitter.com/WiKVXDsV9i— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 10, 2019Some of the decisions likely will be based on input by the medical staff, as Lowry continues to recover from thumb surgery while Smart sat out the latter half of the Vegas workouts with calf tightness. After working out in Los Angeles, the U.S. team will head to Australia for further training and exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney before moving on to China for the tournament, which runs through Sept. 15. USA Basketball still has some work to do before heading to China for the FIBA World Cup, but coach Gregg Popovich’s roster is starting to take shape. Following a scrimmage Friday night that wrapped up five days of practices in Las Vegas, managing director Jerry Colangelo said 17 players would move on to Los Angeles for the next round of training camp.  FIBA World Cup: Celtics excited for new season, extra time with new teammate Kemba Walkerlast_img read more

Project Prom giving away a pair of tickets to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — A pair of tickets to the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert are being raffled to benefit Wellington Project Prom.Tickets are one chance for $5 for five chances for $20. The chances can be purchased from the following board members: Jodie Bartelson at Wellington KOA, Maria Cornejo, Stacey Fair, Amy Norris, Alison Rusk, Erin Struble and Staci Wiley. Dena Martens at Wheatland Services is also selling Project Prom. You can e-mail: wellingtonpr[email protected] and the group will get some to you.The drawing will be December 1, 2015.Tickets are for Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. for the concert at Intrust Bank Arena, for Wichita, Kans. Sec. 220 Row L (not giving seat numbers to be careful, but they are printed on the raffle tickets).Please help support this wonderful night for our local youth. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Cream Rose Hair Clip Large Rose Fascinator Rose Hair Accessories Clip Elastic Wedding, Pretty and a good size

first_imgDont get a fascinator get 1 of these . Genuinely beautiful product wife wore it in her hair for a wedding instead of a pricey fascinator and it seemed stunning pretty fragile with a clip an elastic so could have wore it in many techniques ,i did say would have been great as a flower on the collar as well,so good would def advocate.Key specs for Cream Rose Hair Clip Large Rose Fascinator Rose Hair Accessories Clip Elastic Wedding:Rose Hair ClipLarge 11cm DiameterFeathers and RoseBeak Clip and BobbleIdeal FascinatorComments from buyers“Beautiful and easy to use, Pretty and a good size, Here comes the Bride!”Very really just as pictured, was nervous from other assessments that it would be flat and no good to dress in but the packaging was fantastic and it went quite properly with my dress. Could use possibly with the hairband attached or the slide clip.Dont get a fascinator get 1 of these . Genuinely beautiful product wife wore it in her hair for a wedding instead of a pricey fascinator and it seemed stunning pretty fragile with a clip an elastic so could have wore it in many techniques ,i did say would have been great as a flower on the collar as well,so good would def advocate.More compact than i thought but does the job.Wore this to a friend’s funeral and it appeared pretty in my pink hair, and the clip stayed place even though my hair is wonderful and wavy. Effortless to circle the band absent, or put on it on your wrist or as a corsage.Arrived pretty speedy but was a little bit squashed so experienced to fluff it up a bit prior to carrying to a wedding,colour matched my outfit perfectly. Would of been 5 stars if packaged better.Attractive rose with either clip in or tie in as a bobble the materials is pretty & comfortable. . I experienced appeared just about everywhere for this color to match a wedding outfit for my stage-sons wedding future week. So shipping and delivery was quite rapid as well.Arrived pretty speedy but was a little bit squashed so experienced to fluff it up a bit prior to carrying to a wedding,colour matched my outfit perfectly. Would of been 5 stars if packaged better.Great productspeedy delivery.A but crushed but normally okay.Great productspeedy delivery.Product as described and arrived on time. It is quite rather with the gkitter, but sticks out as well much from clip to use as fascinator and isnt big more than enough to cover the elastic band. This signifies i will have to use rhe brooch and but yet another fascinator.Was seeking for a modest orange fascinator for my hair to go to a wedding. This rose was just stunning, wasn’t far too major. The only factor was it was also orange to go with my outfit, my fault fully as it did point out neon orange in the description but was hoping it was not too vibrant. Because i favored it so a great deal i sent for a different in a cream color as i understood that would go with nearly anything. Rapid delivery but a tiny squashed, but just fluffed it up.Attractive rose with either clip in or tie in as a bobble the materials is pretty & comfortable. . I experienced appeared just about everywhere for this color to match a wedding outfit for my stage-sons wedding future week. So shipping and delivery was quite rapid as well.Great flower grip, excellent dimension & high quality. Comes with a bobble attached aswell as a pin to attach to clothes. Undoubtedly worthy of the revenue, you would possibly pay nearly triple for the identical thing in the stores.Wore this on my wedding day with a white on navy location dress and other orange accessories. The photographer and absolutely everyone who seen the images was really confused with it as it matched my bouquet way too. I am an more mature bride and it really additional a lift to my day.Great flower grip, excellent dimension & high quality. Comes with a bobble attached aswell as a pin to attach to clothes. Undoubtedly worthy of the revenue, you would possibly pay nearly triple for the identical thing in the stores.A but crushed but normally okay.Wore this on my wedding day with a white on navy location dress and other orange accessories. The photographer and absolutely everyone who seen the images was really confused with it as it matched my bouquet way too. I am an more mature bride and it really additional a lift to my day.It was fantastic & matched my gown for a wedding.Arrived on time, and product or service as explained.last_img read more

‘Australian cricketers beat the Indians as much on the field as in the mind’

first_imgOn the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past,,On the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past, as symbolised by the caps worn in Sydney, to the community and to Australian sportsmen in other disciplines.As the rain fell on the first day in Sydney a marathon runner called Pat Farmer was invited into the Australian dressing room. Farmer had recently completed a run around the coast of this enormous country and was accordingly awarded a lap of honour. Justin Langer brought him to the rooms and asked him to talk about his experiences.After he had spoken, Farmer was invited to write something on the sheet. He wrote, “There is no greater force on earth than your own personal will. If you want to do something, anything, you will find a way. And if you don’t you’ll find an excuse. Never, ever give up.”Langer used these words of inspiration during a lengthy innings that began in disarray and ended with a commanding display of strokes. This was typical of Australian cricket. Find the motivation, find the means, tap the strength. Survive. Prosper. Overcome.Another picture from the same match, the sight of Ajit Agarkar nodding to the bowler after he had survived his first ball in the second innings. It was an understandable reaction because already his innings had outlasted its predecessors. Nonetheless it was a concession.advertisementAgarkar was joining the widespread amusement at his predicament. His approach was that of a man pleased to negotiate that ball and not expecting to be around much longer. It gave the impression of a broke man playing for a broken team. And these Australians can sniff blood.Ajit Agarkar: Aggression yes, discipline noAgarkar fell next ball, drawn into an indiscretion by some malevolent spirit. He had also bowled badly. Abandoning the lessons of his upbringing, ignoring the advice of his mentors, he tried to send down bumpers and yorkers and was aghast as they turned into juicy deliveries duly despatched by his opponents.Agarkar had wanted to capture the spirit of Australian cricket, tried to bring it into his own game. But he had misunderstood. The Australians talk a lot about aggression and so forth but they play tight and disciplined cricket.More than any team around, except possibly South Africa, they respect the basics of the game, batting with a sound technique and bowling a line and length. As much can be told from studying the work of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.McGrath hardly every bowls down the leg side, he bowls to his field. Warne nags like a drinker’s wife and only loses control when he tries something unusual. Against opponents he respects, the leg-spinner tightens his game.Even a firebrand like Brett Lee bowls within parameters. His bumper was intended to push the batsman backwards and is followed by an intense attack on the stumps. Agarkar had not seen this. He had seen only the specialities and not the substance.Agarkar is a proud cricketer who lost his way. Even the mighty Sachin Tendulkar mislaid his mind in Sydney, playing a blaze of strokes and arguing with umpires about trivialities. Rahul Dravid was a shadow of his former self and seemed unsurprised to lose his wicket cheaply.The Australians had taken him apart. Before the series began Warne said he’d detected a weakness. They preyed upon his mind, refused to show him any respect. Perhaps Dravid’s self-esteem suffered. In fact it was a compliment. The Australians were only pretending. They hold him in high regard.Champions work that way, throwing opponents off their game. Anil Kumble bowled slower as the series went on in an attempt to take more wickets. It was a mistake. It was also part of the Australian trick of turning opponents upon themselves.In the first Test they set out to disrupt India’s opening pair, knowing the disarray it would cause. They succeeded. Sadagopan Ramesh and Devang Gandhi did not bat together again. Meanwhile the Australian openers were faring worse and no one said a thing.India did not survive its trip Down Under. There was something beautiful about the destruction of India’s hopes. It didn’t take long. Indian cricket is brittle and a reconstruction of the domestic game is needed. It is also a cultural matter.The players must rid themselves of the notion of cricket being a gentleman’s game. They must look into the past for strength, into their own tradition, and must mix with the great warriors of Indian sport, the fighters, the lifters and the runners who’ve crossed a desert and lived to tell the tale.advertisementlast_img read more

SET OF SIX – VOLUME TWENTY-NINE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Nine.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 1Touch Football South Australia Welcome Aboard New Faces to the OfficeMr. Matt Cross begins work this week as the new TFSA State Branch Manager.Matthew has a background in sports marketing and has worked in both AFL and soccer and has a vast scope of networks within the local community.In other staffing news, Kyra Mc Mahon has been working as the casual Administration Assistant during the TFSA office’s transition period. She is also Competition Co-ordinator at the Western Districts Affiliate and will be first port of call for TFSA in her new role of Administration Officer.Pania Mariu also begins this week as a Game Development Officer whose areas of concentration will be Program and Event Management after previously holding down the Administration Officer position in South Australia.Other events: A level 1 Referees Course was held in Clare with 12 new referees being put through their paces by Simon Millcock.Clare President and Competition Coordinator Karen Pink, in a bid to boost referee numbers, made providing a duty referee compulsory part of the nomination process for the summer season.The Clare affiliate are providing fee reductions to teams who referee four or more games this season in a bid to further attract referees to adequately service the expanding competition.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 2AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)ACT Staff “Grow the Mo”During Movember (the month formerly known as November) the lads in the ACT Touch office are all growing a Moustache. That’s right, the ACT “hunk of spunks” are bringing the Mo back because they’re passionate about changing men’s health and the fight against male depression and prostate cancer.Following on from the efforts of the boys in the NSWTA office who participated in Movember last year, the ACT lads will keep the Touch Football flag flying for this keynote cause that has the potential to make a huge difference to so many Australian men.Depression affects 1 in 6 men and most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide. Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 5 years less than females.To sponsor the ACT Touch Mo Bros please go to: http://www.movember.com/au/donate and enter the registration number 184163 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor by cheque made payable to the “Movember Foundation” clearly marking the donation as being for Registration Number: 184163. Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue – the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.Stay tuned for updates on the ACT Boys progress during Movember.Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 In the upset of the round in the Darwin Men’s competition, Bundy Bears confirmed their premiership favouritism with a hard fought victory over last year’s premiers Palmerston Bulls 6-5. Leading the third placed Bulls 3-1 at oranges; Bundy never gave up the lead.In other Men’s Division 1 results, Dream Team easily accounted for Honkers 12-3 who were without a number of their key players. Crocs had to dig deep with only six players to overcome a full strength Incredibles 7-4. Only two rounds remain until the Finals series. In the Women’s Division 1, Divas winning run came to and end with the young side being beaten by Scorpions 8-4.Palmerston Bulls account for All About Us 6- 2, whilst Crocs had the bye.The Darwin Junior competition has three rounds remaining with all teams fighting for positions for the finals. Many teams are close on the ladder, so some exciting clashes are expected.Other news: Northern Territory Touch would like to advise all their members of the Annual General Meeting to be conducted in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Four ActionNorthern Districts hosted Round 4 of the Super League series and both their teams threw down the gauntlet to their rivals with impressive displays.In the Women’s Open, Northern took on the youthful and skillful Fremantle outfit.Fremantle came into the contest with form on their side defeating Tompkins Park the previous round, and also accounting for Northern in the 2006/2007 Series, the only team to do so.Northern had made a poor start in defending their title with a win, loss, and a draw from their first three games. But on their home ground they put out a sincere message that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Former Australian Open Mixed World Cup winner Angela Doyle and Elyse Guatta were superb for the home side, helping Northern to a 5-2 victory. The win now puts Northern into second place on the ladder.In the Men’s Open, Northern did not disappoint the home crowd either with a hard fought 3-1 win over Fremantle. Northern have been the real surprise packets of the tournament with consistent performances throughout. The litmus test for the Northern combination will be next round against Southern Stars. In other results in the Women’s division, Southern got home over Tompkins Park 4-2, whilst Perth Brothers put on a clinic in their 12-3 demolition of Rosalie in the Men’s competition.Other Events: This weekend there will be Referee Courses all across the state with Level One courses being held at Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, and Fremantle. There will also be a Level Two course in Geraldton on the same weekend. Much credit must go to the new WA Referee Panel and Presenters for commitment to providing courses for members. Initiatives are being put into place to retain and develop the latest influx of referees in order to further grow the sport in the state. The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 Final Round of VT League loomingThe final round of the inaugural VT League season will be at Trinity Grammar School’s Bulleen playing fields on Friday 23rd November 2007, with the Women kicking off the night’s matches at 6.30pm. Don’t forget the Grand Final at Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer Club off Williamstown Rd on December 1 2007 at 2.30pm.Rounds 7 and 8 of the VT League was played at Endeavour Hills Rugby Club, and the results were:Round 7Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Melbourne City Lions 7; University 7 d Bayside Vipers 3Women: Casey Cougars 7 d Melbourne City Lions 4; Bayside Vipers 8 d University 3Round 8Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Bayside Vipers 2; Melbourne City Lions 6 d University 2Women: Bayside Vipers 4 d Casey Cougars 3; Melbourne City Lions 5 d University 4Other Events: Endeavour Hills started their first official competition Round on Thursday at Frogs Hollow Reserve. With 6 teams registered from the local community it’s a family atmosphere for the new competition.Traralgon Touch started their season this week, with 28 teams competing over Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Games are played at Davidson St Oval, Davidson St Traralgon and if you want to pull on the boots or would like more information, contact Marcus Roylance on 0409 754 487 or [email protected] Touch Association, Victoria’s biggest regional Association, needs referees to officiate the massive 44 teams that play over 5 divisions on Wednesday evenings at McEwan Reserve. If you live near by and would like to help out, or even play a game or two, please get in touch with Brett Hand on 5821 0644 or 0428 996 075, or [email protected] The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 6Origin Training Camp ChangeThe venue for the first Queensland Touch State of Origin Camp has been changed to the Caboolture Touch playing fields Petersen Road, Moray Field on the 1st and 2nd of December 2007.The camp for Queensland’s 13 age division teams was originally scheduled for Redlands, but some upgrading of the fields meant a change of venue was in order for the first of Queensland’s three compulsory camps in the lead-up to the State of Origin series against New South Wales in August 2008.Other events: SQBD hosted their Annual Sharks Cup at Labrador on Saturday 17 November 2007.The All Mixed affair was contested in 18 Years, Opens, Seniors, and masters divisions with some great touch and good fun had by all participants.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website this week for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

Video: Watch This Short, Powerful Documentary About Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.last_img read more

Nebraska Drops Cool Twitter Video Celebrating Dramatic Win Over Michigan State

first_imgQuarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Things were not looking good for Nebraska entering Saturday’s game against undefeated Michigan State. The Huskers were 3-6, with a few of the worst losses of the season, and some were already calling for first year Nebraska coach Mike Riley’s job. Many of those fans are probably a bit higher on him today. Nebraska won a dramatic game, knocking the Spartans from the ranks of the unbeaten, and today, the Huskers’ Twitter account dropped a cool quick video recapping the night in Lincoln.These fans. Our house. Unreal atmosphere. There is NO PLACE like NEBRASKA. #GBR #Huskers pic.twitter.com/wmncFSRK5G— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 8, 2015The results haven’t always been there for the Huskers so far in 2015, but that is a win they won’t soon forget.last_img read more