Imagine the smug feeling; you’ve finished your tutorials/essays/labs for the week and you’re sitting in your room basking in well-deserved contentment. Aweekend of debauchery inevitably featuring a sticky-carpeted Oxford nightclub no doubt awaits you. in fact you’re probably about to hit the pub in a minute for a few cheeky daytime pints. hold on just one second.As amusing as the world will seem in a semi-drunken haze as you stumble back to college a few hours later with the overdraft a few increments higher, there are other options. the city of Oxford, the city of ‘dreaming spires’, lies before you in all its glory. it might be ten years since your parents last dragged you round a myriad of castles, museums and stately homes hoping to improve your mind, while all the time you yearned to visit the joke shop, but ‘touristing’ in Oxford is an underrated and little-explored pastime. choose not to numb your intellect in front of vacuous television or dVds you’ve seen thousands of times. there is another option, which will give you numerous anecdotes for the conversation in the bar in the evening, as well as something constructive to say to your parents during the inevitable weekly phone conversation. Believe me, your mother will be impressed. Gaggles of tourists crowding the streets during the summer months can’t be wrong.So without further ado welcome to the tourists’ Oxford. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions, so in order to cut through the dross, here are a few recommendations. start your day with a brisk climb to a vantage point from which the city can be viewed as a god. essential for this kind of behaviour is one of those cold crisp days without a cloud in the sky; the view is spectacular. Often in an Oxford student the view also produces a kind of warm yet slightly self-satisfied feeling as, viewing the ancient college buildings, you can point out ‘home’ much to the excitement of the Japanese tourist standing beside you. there are three towers or spires in Oxford city centre: carfax, st Michael’s on cornmarket and Mary’s on the high street. While all of them give 360-degree panoramic views of the city, my particular favourite is Mary’s with its unrivalled outlook towards the camera. it is worth bearing in mind in your choice of tower that the saxon tower at st Michael’s is Oxford’s oldest building; quite an achievement in a city such as this.Next head up to Broad street for your original education in all things Oxford. the Oxford Story is a little pricey for the average student budget, but is the ubiquitous Oxford attraction. Also for those new to touristing as an activity this one’s just like a theme-park ride, complete with life-size plaster models illustrating scenes from Oxford past and present. The little train which takes you through these scenes creaks and groans on the steep inclines of the ride, but be assured you will make it to the end. at the beginning there is a short film detailing the brilliance of Oxford university, which inevitably brings out more superior pride in the Oxford student as they realise that this amazing stimulating university is in fact the one that they attend. In a swell of golden satisfaction head towards the jewel in the crown of Oxford’s libraries, the Old Bodleian. Of course, all Oxford students can enter the Bod free of charge and if the mood takes them even study there, but the daily tours can provide you with plenty of impressive information to regale friends with as you stumble towards the stack of books which need reading before that essay can be written. For the true bibliophile library experience, a visit to the duke humfrey’s Library is essential. Here, where the air is thick with centuries of dust and the books are chained to the walls, learning seeps through the very pores of the walls. standing in the should make you cleverer and if it doesn’t at least you can admire the ornate ceiling and the terribly intellectual people who actually need to read the manuscripts this library houses. tours of the Bodleian leave every hour from the divinity School and the tour guides are clearly absolutely passionate about their topic, which can’t help but rub off on even the most cynical anti-library tourist. in particular i’ve always liked the idea of the underground system of stacks of books, housing the Bodleian’s vast collection. my mind it’s just like the vaults of Gringott’s bank in harry potter, although Inever quite had the audacity to ask my tour guide whether it’s staffed by goblins. While you’re in the vicinity, it might well be an idea to have a little nose round the radcliffe camera if you haven‘t done so already in conjunction with your studies. although not open to the general public, the rad cam will be open to all Oxford students via the magic of a Bod card. the real joy in this pursuit is the jealous looks on the faces of tourists standing by in the square, forced to take measly pictures of the exterior of the building as you stroll merrily in. Be sure to get your bag checked for lighter fluid and food on entering; a sandwich packet can be a dangerous item in an enclosed library. points of interest include the staircase to the upper camera, the scene for the stairs to the divination classroom in harry potter, and the dome roof which, according to the testimony of an Oxford walking tour i once heard, opens up mechanically in the sunny weather. this, must stress, has yet to be proved and seems just a little unlikely. Leaving the rad cam make your way through the Bod to the Museum of the history of science. don’t scoff at the name, congratulate yourself on how intellectual you’re being and proudly ascend the steps (just avoid the displays of ancient compasses). top floor of the building is the earliest purpose-built museum in the world and was the original precursor to the ashmolean, but it is in the basement, the former university laboratories, where the real gems can be found. most remarkable article on display is one of albert einstein’s blackboards from his 1931 lectures, on which he outlines a relatively simple model to explain the apparent expansion of the universe. Naturally this goes entirely over my head, but it is difficult not to be impressed by the significance of the item and the personality of its one-time user. There is also a large collection of old cameras among which is one belonging to charles Lutwidge dodgson, better known as Lewis carroll. he was considered to be one of the best amateur photographers of the time, renowned especially for his photographs of children and in particular alice Liddell who would eventually be immortalised in the literature for which he is now better known.Having briefly absorbed some science in this visit, it’s then time to move on to the ashmolean itself, the Granddaddy of Oxford’s museums and by far the most imposing building. the ashmolean can be viewed by visitors as a calming, reassuring entity. it’s just so big and austere that somehow things couldn’t possibly go wrong where miniscule pieces of ancient history are meticulously preserved and labelled for all eternity. As a museum in this particular guide to touristing in Oxford, the ashmolean doesn’t really fit in. it would take a veritable lifetime to absorb everything on show and the speed with which people reach saturation point when it comes to ancient artefacts is relatively rapid. still, a quick look round one of the galleries is always rewarding. My special favourite is the Egyptian gallery; you simply cannot ask more from a museum than phallic statues and mummies. Finally then, with sore feet and bursting mind, head towards the Museum of Natural and the pitt rivers Museum. Both of these museums are housed within the same building just by the radcliffe science Library. the Museum of Natural History is fun in an eight-year-old ‘look at the big dinosaurs’ way. as well as marvelling at the enormity of a t-rex, you can also see the sad remains of the Oxford dodo which is now little more than a small, blackened bone. original Oxford skeleton disintegrated, but will live on in the imaginations of many in the works of Lewis carroll. the Oxford don used to bring Liddell and her sister to the museum on rainy afternoons and based many of the stories he told them around exhibits they had seen when out touristing with him. tale of the dodo was a particular favourite as it played on Carroll’s stammering when he pronounced his own real last name, ‘do-dodgson’. Moving on from the Natural history Museum, you can enter the rivers which is somewhat akin to entering an alternate universe. By far the most interesting museum in Oxford, the pitt rivers Museum is officially a museum of anthropology, made up of items donated by General augustus henry Lane Fox pitt rivers from his extensive travels around the world and then built upon over the years. the museum is dark, pokey and old-fashioned, but it’s also absolutely brilliant. the artefacts are arranged into cases, each under a different theme and supposedly showing the differing ways in which cultures attack problems. case entitled ‘treatment of the dead’ therefore shows how african tribes created death-rattles from human skulls, while in the upper amazon regions these heads were shrunken and worn in a ceremony to prove the killer’s manhood and avenge the deaths of relatives, a tradition, learnt to my surprise, which only died out in the 1960s. while we might all try to take the moral high ground and affect a kind of aversion to such practices, the overwhelming popularity of this particular exhibit testifies that our interest in the macabre is alive and well. in fact, at the height of their popularity in private collections and museums the demand for shrunken heads was such that many fakes were created, using sloths’ heads. these specific shrunken heads, or tsansta as the custom is known, are especially illustrious because of their appearance in the his dark Materials trilogy by philip pullman. Other disgusting and therefore compelling exhibits include fly-headed ballerinas, which consist of a tiny model of a ballerina with the head and thorax of a large fly mounted on the shoulders to constitute a head. the dinginess of the pitt rivers simply adds to its colonial charm and it is one of the few museums where the collection, its layout and ethos have become objects of curiosity just as much as the items themselves. And now, as the closing bell rings in the pitt rivers, you are ejected blinking into the late afternoon sunlight and can head to a bar, full of interesting facts with which to divert your friends. touristing in Oxford will never die because of the bus loads of foreign tourists who wish to experience the delights of such an auspicious seat of learning, but the student body should share more in the innumerable diversions afforded by the many attractions of Oxford.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005
According to a press release put out by the National Park Service, a dog that was accompanying its owner on hike in Shenandoah National Park was killed yesterday after encountering a black bear sow with cubs.The release states that the hiker happened upon the sow black bear and its two cubs when hiking the Snead Farm Fire Road near the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.Read the press release below for more details.Here’s a Press Release from the NPS: Luray, Virginia: On August 3, 2016 a hiker reported an encounter with a mother bear and two cubs on the Snead Farm Fire Road near Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 Skyline Drive).The hiker was accompanied by two dogs on retractable leashes. Confronted by the bear, the hiker fled the area, at which point the bear attacked the trailing dog who later died of its injuries.The Snead Farm Fire Road and Loop Trail will remain closed while park staff monitor the area. Hikers with dogs are asked to avoid the Dickey Ridge Area.Park Superintendent Jim Northup said “We are very sad to learn about this dog that died as a result of injuries from an encounter with a bear in the park. This is a very rare event, and we offer our condolences to the dog’s family”.Park regulations require that dogs be leashed at all times on a leash that is 6′ or less. When confronted by a bear, walkers and hikers should stand their ground, wave their arms and make a lot of noise. Running from a bear can trigger their prey response.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Bellmore woman was among two people fatally struck by a car while they stood on the side of Interstate-95 to report an earlier car crash in Westchester County this week.New York State police said Kayla Ann Donnelly-Smith and 61-year-old Winter Krzysztof had pulled over and called 911 after their vehicles collided before a third vehicle lost control and struck them both, killing them instantly in the City of Rye at 1:14 p.m. Monday.“We are deeply saddened by the loss,” the Southern Connecticut State University cheerleading team, which she coached, posted on their Facebook page Tuesday. “Her motivation and drive brought this team together and we will continue to fight in honor of her for the rest of the season. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Kayla’s friends and family during this difficult time.”The third driver, 46-year-old Tai Zhoa of Queens, was driving northbound when he struck both victims and their vehicles near exit 22 of I-95, police said. Zhao’s vehicle then veered back into traffic, where it struck a commercial bus that then sideswiped another northbound vehicle, causing minor damage, police said.Zhao was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.Donnelly-Smith was a W.C. Mepham High School graduate.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s not surprising when leadership acumen appears on a list of top qualities CEOs must possess. But what about empathy or determination? Or even a practical paranoia?We asked five credit union CEOs, all members of the CUNA CEO Council Executive Committee, to share the skills, qualities, and traits needed to be a successful CEO, along with the knowledge prospective CEOs should have prior to taking on the leadership role at a credit union.I think a successful CEO of a credit union today is different than what was required 10 years ago. A CEO needs to cast a compelling vision that challenges the status quo and propels their institution forward.Today, too many CEOs are leaders of yesterday and don’t actively engage their teams toward a forward-thinking vision. Team members of today want to be led differently than team members 20 years ago. Leaders need to adjust in order to motivate and inspire. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police urged tipsters to share information on who murdered two teenage girls in Brentwood this week while the victims’ families pleaded for an end to gang violence suspected to be involved.Friends and family set up a makeshift memorial with candles and birthday balloons near where the bodies of Kayla Cuevas, 16, and Nisa Mickens—who was slain the day before her 16th birthday—were found. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Both teens, who were beaten to death, were from Brentwood.“This is an act of savagery in our community and we need to work together,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters during a news conference Thursday in Brentwood. “These are some of the worst wounds I’ve seen.”He offered no motive as to what led to the tragic slayings. The two girls, who were lifelong friends, died of blunt forced trauma, the commissioner said.Mickens was discovered on Stahley Street, adjacent to a elementary school, on Tuesday evening. After receiving a tip, investigators found Cuevas’ body Wednesday evening nearby in the backyard of a home up against a fence in a wooded area off Ray Court. Cuevas was originally thought to be missing.Sini said that area had been searched after Mickens’ body was found, but how extensively the wooded area was scrutinized he didn’t know. He acknowledged that Cuevas’ body should’ve been discovered earlier. That investigators initially missed her lifeless body, however, was “not for a lack of effort,” Sini said.The police department had already reached out to community leaders and school officials, as well as federal law enforcement partners, he added.As family, friends and strangers alike poured onto the street to offer condolences, Rob Mickens, Nisa’s father, thanked the community for their support. He grew emotional when considering what the perpetrators had taken from him.“I’m supposed to walk my daughter down the aisle. They took that away,” he said. “I’m supposed to have a Sweet 16 dance with my daughter. They took that away.”“We should not be here right now getting ready to put our babies into the grave,” Mickens added.Mickens and Cuevas had been best friend since they day they met, finding joy on the basketball court, family members said. Last Christmas, they each bought dog tags individually engraved with the words “Ride” and “Die”—a testament to their bond.Standing just feet from where her daughter’s body was found, Elizabeth Alvarado gave an impassioned plea for the violence to stop.“How many more lives do they need to take?” she said, her voice cracking. “How much more blood do they really need to have on the street? I mean, my daughter’s blood is on the street, it’s stained right there.”“When is it going to finish?”Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the slayings to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All callers will remain confidential.
The Germany international recently insisted Aubameyang was not a good role model because he donned a mask – inspired by the film Black Panther – after he scored against Rennes in the Europa League back in March 2019.Aubameyang had previously pulled out a number of different masks to celebrate goals during his time at Borussia Dortmund. Image:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated his second goal against Rennes in the Europa League in March by wearing a mask of the Marvel Comics character Black Panther The Gabon delegation were told they were not allowed to leave the airport because of an administrative problem and were forced to sleep on the floor before being allowed to leave in the morning after government intervention.No reason was given for not allowing the team to exit the airport and head to their hotel after arrival. Gabon’s federation posted pictures of the incident to its Facebook page but without any comment.“Nice job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s,” Aubameyang posted on Twitter in a reference to previous foibles blamed on the Confederation of African Football.- Advertisement – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon team-mates were forced to spend the night sleeping on the airport floor ahead of their vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia.Aubameyang used social media to highlight their plight after arriving at Banjul airport on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s Group D clash in the Gambian capital.- Advertisement – Kroos, speaking on the Einfach mal Luppen podcast via Sport Bild, made the comment: “Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask. That’s where it ends with me.“I don’t think that’s a good role model either. What nonsense.”While initially reluctant to respond to Kroos, Aubameyang then took aim at the World Cup winner.Aubameyang said: “By the way. Does this @ToniKroos have Kids? Just to remember I did it for my son few times and I will do it again.“I wish you have Kids one day and make them happy like this Junior School pupils. Talk and don’t Forget #maskon #staysafe.” “This will not demotivate us but people need to know and CAF need to take responsibility. [It is] 2020 and we want Africa to grow but this is not how we will get there,” the Arsenal striker added later.Gabon are top of the group standings, three points ahead of Gambia, who are seeking to reach the Nations Cup finals for the first time. The top two teams in the group, which also includes Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, advance to the finals in Cameroon in early 2022.Aubameyang hits back at Kroos for mask criticismLast week Aubameyang hit back at Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos for criticising his choice of celebration.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
At the beginning of this year, more precisely on January 15, the position of Sales Director of Valamar Riviere was taken over by the current Head of the Group and MICE Sales Department for the North Region, David Manojlović from Vrsar.According to Valamar, David Manojlović started his career at Valamar Riviera nine years ago as an intern. His development path also included working in the positions of Group Sales Associate, Key Account and Filler Specialist, Leisure Sales Manager, Inhouse Sales Coordinator, Group and MICE Sales Manager and MICE Segment Development Project Manager. “I thank my superiors for their confidence in running one of the key sectors in our company. Since coming to Valamar, I have had the opportunity to grow and progress thanks to older colleagues – mentors and Valamar’s excellent system of competence development and training, as well as the Valamar Academy program.”, Said David Manojlovic.One of the key levers in the development of management is Valamar Riviera’s commitment to internal promotion, so the largest number of managers grew and developed within the company, just like David Manojlović. Valamar intensively promotes the culture of competence development for all key employees in the management, the number of which, given the investments and increasing business complexity, is growing from year to year.The sales sector at Valamar Riviera is part of the Sales and Marketing Division, and is divided into three key sales segments: allotment, groups and MICE, which is monitored by the organizational structure, ie teams with their leaders.
Elephant-hunter The country had long closed its eyes to the numerous affairs the action-man king could boast.But his decline began in 2012, when as a keen sportsman and hunter, he accepted a luxury elephant-hunting trip to Botswana, paid for by a Saudi entrepreneur, during a tough recession at home.The trip, accompanied by his German mistress, came to light only because he broke his right hip and was flown home for surgery. The king made a public apology as he emerged from hospital on crutches.His medical problems raised further questions over his reign.Between May 2010 and November 2013, he had surgery nine times, including two operations on his right hip and three on his left.Born in Rome on January 5, 1938, grandson of exiled king Alfonso XIII, Juan Carlos was just 10 years old when he was put on a train to Spain.His father had agreed to have him educated under Franco in the hope of one day seeing himself sit on the throne.Juan Carlos spent 27 years under the shadow of Franco, growing up in a series of military academies.In May 1962 Juan Carlos married Sofia, a Greek princess. They were both keen sailors and had met on a cruise.With Franco’s blessing, the couple settled at the Zarzuela palace near Madrid and had three children: Elena, Cristina and Felipe, who as male heir bypassed his elder sisters to the throne. Felipe had accepted the decision, the royal palace said, following a Supreme Court decision in June to open an investigation.Suspicion focuses on $100 million (85 million euros) alleged to have been paid secretly into a Swiss bank account in 2008 by Saudi Arabia.Felipe has tried to distance himself from the allegations of a huge hidden fortune, withdrawing his father’s annual royal allowance and renouncing his inheritance. Topics : Coup-stopper Yet it was Juan Carlos who had defied the Francoists by ushering in a new system of parliamentary monarchy. A new constitution was passed by referendum in 1978.He was credited with helping to defuse an attempted coup in February 1981 by soldiers who stormed into parliament shooting and who held lawmakers hostage for several hours.The king’s appearance on television urging support for the democratic government was instrumental in blocking the attempt.”I knew the soldiers were going to agree because I had been named by Franco” and was their commander-in-chief, he said later. He knew most of the officers from his military training.Although his blocking of the coup helped endear him to the nation, the king’s image suffered in later years. Juan Carlos I led Spain to democracy and foiled a military coup, but he heads into exile under a cloud of royal corruption that has ruined his legacy.He abdicated in 2014 after playing a determining role in Spain’s modern history, stepping up as the first crowned head of state in 44 years after the death of General Francisco Franco.He took the throne within days of Franco’s death in November 1975, having been named successor by the dictator himself, who passed over Juan Carlos’s father, Juan de Borbon. “Faithful to the political desire of my father… I wanted to be king for all Spaniards,” Juan Carlos said in his abdication address, recalling the day of his proclamation.He was popular for decades, however, on Monday the former head state admitted to his son King Felipe VI it was better he left the country.”Guided by the conviction to best serve the people of Spain, its institutions, and you as king, I inform you of my decision at this time to go into exile outside Spain,” Juan Carlos wrote.Facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, he had become an embarrassment to the throne and the government.
JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse was struck on the head by a stone after a 2-1 defeat to USM Alger and died on the way to the hospitalA stone struck the Cameroonian forward, who had scored his side’s goal in the game, as he walked towards the tunnel. He was taken to hospital but never recovered.Kabylie captain Ali Rial revealed that Ebosse died in his arms as he accompanied him to the hospital in the ambulance. “I’m depressed, it’s real drama and I do not know if I’ll get over it,” he said. “He died in my arms, I still cannot believe we have lost him forever. He was a good man, God rest his soul.”Team-mate Djameleddine Benlamri also spoke of his devastation, stating it was a shame for the entire nation. “I cannot find the words to express my grief, except that our stadiums are no longer safe for football. “Worse, they have become cemeteries with the death of Ebosse. It is unthinkable that a player has died because of a defeat. This is a disaster and it is a shame for our country!”JSK released a statement after the player’s death, revealing the incident will be investigated.”The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given the instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebosse,” the statement read.”The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.” As a result of the death of Ebosse, a Facebook page has been set up, demanding that the championship be brought to an end in his honour.