Punt stunt not all front, say Tabs

first_imgFor many, punting may be about Pimms, sun and boater hats.But not for four Cambridge students aiming to travel all the way from Cambridge to Oxford in a motor-less pleasure boat, all in an effort to raise money for charity.Engineers Toby Dickens and Andrew Marshall and historian Karl Williams, of St John’s College, accompanied by natural scientist Rebecka Kiff of Queen’s, are will set out from Jesus Lock on the 19th June.The total journey is approximately 200 miles. They aim to complete their journey within 11 days, hopefully ending by 30th June at Oxford’s Great Meadow.The four students hope to raise £2,000 for the charity Help for Heroes, an organisation which provides aid for servicemen and women wounded in war.The punt is scheduled to wend its way along the River Cam, the Great Ouse, the Middle Level Navigations, the River Nene, the Grand Union Canal, the Oxford Canal, and finally the Cherwell.Some of the connections are treacherous, and not generally considered to be stretches of water through which leisure craft might pass, but unbeknown to many students of both universities, such a path does exist.Over the course of this route there are 113 locks for the punters to contend with, and in order to be up for the challenge, the four students have devised a strict training regime. They punt every morning at 6:30am in preparation for the challenge ahead.Toby Dickens said, “It’s going to be a race to complete the journey in 12 days, but we are determined to do it by punting through the night and doing shifts.” He said that the real test is not the amount of time needed for completion, but, “the very impracticality of punting”.When asked why the group decided to take on this particular odyssey, he said, “We wanted to do this to support all of the brave men and women in the forces who have been wounded in service because they rarely get the recognition they deserve”.Dickens said that rather than any discouragement, the group’s goal has met with acclaim.He said “people are really supportive of our challenge and are surprised you can punt between the two cities.”The last group of punters to complete a similar course were Oxford students, who punted their way to Cambridge in 14 days in the summer of 2004. This latest may well be the inaugural group to punt upstream in the opposite direction.Some Oxford students are slightly bemused by the proposed journey.Elli Thomas, a Cambridge resident who studies at Oxford, said, “It’s interesting, but I don’t understand how you can punt between two cities not completely connected by rivers”.Andrew Marshall said, “We’ve heard some pretty wild stories about what they get up to at the Other Place – crazy things like using the wrong end and aluminium poles.”He continued, “We intend to put the record straight, and show the world that they’re not so different from us, after all.”last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” 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?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Evansville City Council should give $500,000 of Federal and State tax dollars to EHO Housing without knowing the findings of the Forensic audit?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Daily Devotions, Law enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs, and Local Sports.You are now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Shipshewana closes Town Hall to public through the end of the year

first_img WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – November 16, 2020 0 366 Shipshewana closes Town Hall to public through the end of the year Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook Previous articleModerna: vaccine is 94.5% effectiveNext articleIndy may play host to the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this spring Tommie Lee (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) The Town of Shipshewana has made the decision to close the Town Hall and the Wolfe Building to the public until January 2, 2021.The decision was made to allow the town services to continue running safely and efficiently, in light of the current executive order from Governor Holcomb.Citizens will still be able to make payments online, or by using the dropbox at the Town Hall. WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Speech: PM Statement – Inauguration of the British Normandy Memorial: 6 June 2019

first_imgThank you President Macron for your support to ensure a lasting monument to the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Battle of Normandy – something which means so much to our veteran community and to the whole of the British nation.It is incredibly moving to be here today, looking out across beaches where one of the greatest battles for freedom this world has ever known took place – and it is truly humbling to do so with the men who were there that day.It is an honour for all of us to share this moment with you.Standing here, as the waves wash quietly onto the shore, it’s almost impossible to grasp the raw courage that it must have taken that day to leap out from landing craft and into the surf – despite the fury of battle.No one could be certain what the 6th June would bring. No one would know how this – the most ambitious – amphibious and airborne assault in all of human history, would turn out.And, as the sun rose that morning, not one of the troops on the landing craft approaching these shores, not one of the pilots in the skies above, not one of the sailors at sea – knew whether they would still be alive when it set once again.If one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come – in France, in Britain, in Europe and the world – that day was the 6th June 1944.More than 156,000 men landed on D-Day – of which 83,000 were from Britain and the Commonwealth.Over a quarter million more supported operations from air and sea – while the French Resistance carried out extraordinary acts of bravery behind enemy lines. Many were terribly wounded.And many more made the ultimate sacrifice that day and in the fierce fighting that followed, as together our allied nations sought to release Europe from the grip of fascism.Men like Lieutenant Den Brotheridge of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 28 years old. Husband. Father-to-be. Thought to be the first Allied soldier to be killed in action after leading the charge over Pegasus Bridge.Marine Commando Robert Casson of 46 Royal Marine Commando, who was killed on the approach to Juno Beach, three weeks before his brother Private Joseph Casson was also killed in Normandy.And twins Robert and Charles Guy, 21, who both served in the RAF and were shot down and buried separately. Their names will now be reunited here.These young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation. A generation whose unconquerable spirit shaped the post war world. They didn’t boast. They didn’t fuss. They served. And they laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world.The memorial that will be built here will remind us of this. Of the service and sacrifice of those who fell under British Command in Normandy, of the price paid by French civilians – and of our duty, and our responsibility, to now carry the torch for freedom, for peace and for democracy.I want to thank all those involved in this memorial. George Batts and the veterans who have campaigned so hard to make it happen. The people of Ver-sur-Mer, and Phillipe Onillon the town’s mayor.Here in Normandy, the names of those British men and women who gave their lives in defence of freedom, will forever sit opposite their homeland across the Channel.Here, in Normandy we will always remember their courage, their commitment, their conviction.And to our veterans, here in Normandy, I want to say the only words we can: thank you.last_img read more

Mondelēz embarks on TV drive for Cadbury

first_imgConfectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. It kicked off on Friday (14 November) during the evening’s Coronation Street – the brand took the entire ad break to screen the first of five short films directed by Bafta-winning director Toby Baker.Featured celebrities include Fearne Cotton, Keith Lemon, Paddy McGuinness, Christine Bleakley, Phillip Schofield and Stephen Mulhern, who will all hit the screens later in November and December.Matthew Williams, Cadbury marketing director, said: “We have partnered with ITV to do something genuinely different and authentic this Christmas. The unscripted short films represent those irrepressibly joyful moments that we all love to experience over Christmas.”In addition to the ads, Cadbury has also secured a sponsorship deal across ITV festive shows, including Catchphrase and All Star Family Fortunes Christmas Specials.Last Christmas marked Mondelēz’s first-ever festive TV campaign for Cadbury. It included a 60-second ad that featured London wrapped up in purple.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Costa, Pret and other chains close sites

first_imgBakery and café chains are continuing to close their stores following the Prime Minister’s instructions for pubs, restaurants and cafés to shut to help delay the spread of Covid-19.While Boris Johnson said businesses could continue to offer a take-out service, Starbucks and West Cornwall Pasty Co swiftly announced the closure of their sites.Since then, further major brands have taken the decision to shutter their stores on a temporary basis.Costa Coffee has this morning (23 March) announced it will be closing all its stores from this evening, but said it would try to keep Costa stores in hospitals open and would continue to provide free takeaway coffee for the next two weeks to NHS workers. It also plans to keep Costa Express machines available.“During these unprecedented times, we are extremely grateful for the service our staff have continued to deliver to our customers,” said Costa chief executive Jill McDonald. “As previously communicated, we will be paying all our store team members, whose store has closed, their full average weekly pay over eight weeks.”McDonald thanked the Costa store teams: “During a lot of uncertainty over the past few weeks, they have continued to provide a warm and welcoming environment, and great service to our loyal customers.”Patisserie Valerie has closed all its stores and online services, announced CEO James Fleming over the weekend.“Regrettably this has had an effect on our amazing team at Patisserie Valerie who, over the years, have shown incredible loyalty and resilience. We are here to support and guide them through what is a really challenging and difficult time.”“This is unprecedented and never have I had to make such difficult decisions,” he added. “I do, however, genuinely believe that, with the support and loyalty of our wonderful teams and guests, Patisserie Valerie will come back stronger than ever.”Subway has today (23 March) authorised all its franchise owners to close it stores in the UK & Ireland from tonight.”We took this decision as we want to continue doing everything in our power to keep people safe,” said Colin Hughes, country director for the UK & Ireland.Pret A Manger announced on Saturday afternoon that it would be closing all its UK shops, but said no jobs would be lost because of the temporary closure.“My priority is always to protect our teams as much as we can,” said CEO Pano Christou. “For this reason, we will be closing all our UK shops temporarily from this evening. We will, of course, ensure any excess food goes to those who need it most.“We look forward to being a part of your daily lives again soon. Until then, stay healthy and look after each other.”last_img read more

Renewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time

first_imgRenewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NL Times:The Netherlands generated more electricity from sustainable sources than from coal for the first time ever last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. The amount of energy produced also reached [a] record high.Last year the Netherlands produced 121 billion kWh of electricity, 6 percent more than in 2018. Electricity generated using coal decreased from over 27 billion kWh in 2018 to over 17 billion kWh last year. And energy generated from sustainable sources increased from nearly 19 billion kWh to nearly 22 billion kWh.As the electricity generation from coal decreased, production using natural gas increased, from nearly 58 billion kWh to 71 billion kWh. According to the stats office, this has to do with the low gas price, and high price of CO2 emissions. Generating energy from gas emits relatively less CO2 than doing so from coal.The Netherlands’ consumption of electricity was about the same in 2019 as in 2018. This combined with the record high production resulted in a decrease of electricity imports, from 26.8 billion kWh in 2018 to 20.4 billion kWh last year. Electricity exports increased slightly, from 18.8 billion kWh to 19.5 billion kWh.[Janene Pieters]More: NL produced more sustainable energy than coal power for first timelast_img read more

Equestrian at the Military World Games

first_img Equestrian sports require much more than just training. Trust between the rider and the horse is also necessary. This is an ancient relationship, and these sports have existed since the ancient Olympic Games. However, the rules and competitions as we know them have existed since 1883. Equestrianism remains an Olympic sport. At the 5th Military World Games, there will be three events: dressage, jumping, and eventing. In all of them, male and female riders compete together, without distinction by gender. In dressage, the riders must display control of the horse in specific exercises. In jumping, on the other hand, strength and expertise are required from both horse and rider in order to jump over obstacles on a course. Agility is also needed in order to complete the course in the least time possible. In eventing, the pair are tested on rougher terrain and a longer course. By Dialogo July 15, 2011last_img read more

Costa Rica: 470 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rican authorities said tests confirmed they seized 470 kilograms of cocaine off a ship they stopped in the South Pacific on March 18. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. Two Ecuadorans and two Costa Ricans were arrested on international narco-trafficking charges, which carry a sentence of between eight and 20 years in prison. Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said the confiscation was the result of a joint operation between Costa Rica and the United States. [Xinhua (Costa Rica), 20/03/2013; El Universo (Costa Rica), 19/03/2013]last_img read more

Upcoming recess opportunity to continue advocacy momentum

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA is engaged with several activities on Capitol Hill this week, the last week both the House and Senate are in session before both chambers recess until June 5. CUNA Chief Advocacy Office Ryan Donovan urges credit unions to keep up the advocacy momentum over the recess, arranging credit unions visits, in-district meetings and other opportunities.“The upcoming recess is a great opportunity to get the credit union message out in policymakers’ home districts,” Donovan said. “We’ve seen some congressional attention on regulatory relief, and it’s up to credit union leaders to make sure we keep that momentum when Congress gets back.”One piece of regulatory relief legislation, the Financial CHOICE Act, will not make it to the House floor this week. It will likely receive consideration when the House returns from recess.CUNA is also engaged in the following hearings this week:Tuesday, 10 a.m. (ET): House Committee on Ways and Means second hearing in its series of hearings on comprehensive tax reform. CUNA wrote to the committee for last week’s tax reform hearing;last_img read more