Brasenose in pyjama palaver

first_imgBrasenose students were surprised by reports in the national media of a year-old notice from their Senior Dean.The notice warned students not to wear pyjamas to breakfast in hall. The BBC Oxford website, the Daily Mail, The Telegraph and Radio 4’s Today programme have all reported on the issue.The story first appeared on BBC Oxford and contained details of a notice entitled ‘Hall Manners’, warning students, “There is a clear distinction between night wear (private) and day wear (public)”. It also mentioned that students had been reminded that “formal gowns” should be worn to dinner. It accompanied the article with an image of three people in floor length graduation gowns.Although the BBC Oxford article said that the dean had “raised concerns about pyjamas last year”, the Today programme, which aired yesterday, did not make this distinction, and said that formal gowns were expected at every evening meal at the college. However, Brasenose offers informal hall every night in addition to formal hall three times a week.The Daily Mail wrote, “Apparently, the signs have been put up by fellow undergraduates offended by declining standards.” Both the student body and the college have been baffled by the sudden emergence of the story. Mel Parrott, Brasenose’s Domestic Bursar told Cherwell, “There is no official college policy, we don’t know where the story has come from.”James Norman, a student at Brasenose, said, “The entire pyjama issue has been ridiculously misreported.” Jack Moore, another student at Brasenose, told Cherwell that a lot of people did not realise the sign even existed.A spokesperson for BBC Oxford, when asked why the story had suddenly been lifted even though it was a year old, conceded that Cherwell had a “fair point”, but explained that one of the reporters had seen a Tweet about the story “a couple of days ago and had decided to follow it up”.last_img read more

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Terminal cleansing

first_imgClose-knit families”When it comes to termites, there’s not a nice neat box where there’s a king and queen and they all live together and do termite things,” he said. For the most part, termites prefer to hang out with their siblings. But they will occasionally let other unrelated termites into their society.”It’s just like when we get married and we bring new people into our family,” he said. For now, he continues studying the tiny destroyers in the hopes of finding new, more effective ways of controlling them.”We have to keep telling ourselves that we’re way smarter than they are,” he said. “I don’t think it will ever be so simple that homeowners can go out and buy something and treat for termites on their own.”Americans spend more than $1 billion each year to repair termite damage and hire control companies to treat infested structures. Knowing genetics helps, tooAnother tool in the battle against termites is genetics. “We need to find out which ones are related to one another to determine the makeup of a colony,” he said.A simple way to do this is to put a few termites together in a petri dish. “If they fight,” he said, “they are from different groups, and they aren’t related.”Forschler also uses DNA technology to determine the maternal lineage of termites.Like any human, a termite has an exact copy of its mother’s mitochondrial DNA. “With DNA, we do a ‘Who’s your Mama?’ type test,” he said.These DNA tests have led Forschler to shy away from using the word colony when he refers to termites. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTermites don’t worry about their own hygiene. But they are fanatical about the cleanliness of fellow termites. This finding could lead to another way of stopping these house-munching menaces, says a University of Georgia specialist.”Termites don’t clean themselves. They rely on each other and spend a lot of time cleaning one another,” said Brian Forschler, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Forschler and his graduate students recently uncovered this odd behavior. He thinks it could be a step to a new termite control that uses a mythical method of trickery.center_img Using termite habits against themHe envisions the “Trojan Termite.”The idea is based on a story from the Trojan War. The Greeks gave the Trojans a giant wooden horse as a peace offering, the Trojan Horse. The Trojans happily accepted. They drug the gift inside their fortified city of Troy. But Greek soldiers were hiding inside its hollow belly. They crawled out and opened the city gates. The rest of the Greek army stormed in and captured the city.Forschler is working on control tactics using this new information.”In this approach,” he said, “we want the one they will lick off one another.”Forschler has spent the past 15 years studying termite biology to find better methods of controlling them.last_img read more

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Baldwin Harbor Doctor Gets 10 Years for Selling Prescriptions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A doctor from Baldwin Harbor was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for addictive painkillers and driving to patients’ homes to deliver the pills.Dr. Leonard Stambler had been convicted last fall at Central Islip federal court of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and distribution of oxycodone, a highly addictive prescription painkiller.“Rather than ‘Do No Harm,’ Dr. Stambler acted as a drug dealer, putting thousands of oxycodone pills onto the streets of Long Island for no valid medical reason,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old doctor helped patients sell pills that he prescribed by driving them to drug deals.Stambler was arrested in 2011 following a crackdown on prescription drug abuse after the Medford drug store massacre.last_img read more

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Robert Pires makes damning claim about Arsenal under Unai Emery

first_imgRobert Pires makes damning claim about Arsenal under Unai Emery Will Unai Emery turn things around? (Picture: REUTERS)Robert Pires believes Arsenal are in ‘big trouble’ under Unai Emery, admitting the ‘situation is not so good’.After a miserable 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Southampton, Arsenal are eighth in the Premier League with 13 games played, eight points off the Champions League spots.Pires believes Emery can still turn things around, calling for the manager and the players to find a ‘solution’ but wouldn’t cover up his concerns over the current state of affairs at the Emirates. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Nov 2019 9:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link637Shares Pires is concerned by the situation at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘Everybody knows at Arsenal, even Unai Emery, that they are in big trouble,’ Pires told Omnisport.ADVERTISEMENT‘But [Emery] is a competitor, he knows the high level. He was a great manager with Sevilla, with Paris Saint-Germain, but the situation is not so good.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is a good manager, I think he will make a success with Arsenal. I hope for him anyway.‘The situation isn’t so good, but him and the players need to find the solution.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The target for Arsenal and for Unai is to finish in the top four because it’s very important for Arsenal to play again in the Champions League next season.‘I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season, especially for Arsenal.‘For some players – [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, or even Mesut Ozil – the first thing for them and all the Arsenal players is to finish in the top four.’Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick considering resigning over Unai Emery situation Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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District Health Department No. 4 Still Issuing Water For Precaution Following PFOS Contamination

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s been a week on edge after news broke about the possibility of high levels of chemicals found in groundwater near the Combat Readiness Training Center. “A water advisory has not been issued at this time, we don’t have any data on the off base wells. As we wait we want to take precaution measures,” District Health Department No. 4’s Cathy Goike said.Concerned for safety and well-being, the Health Department is offering a solution to residents who live near the base.“Our goal is to provide refillable water containers that they can refill at various sites in the community. We also have some bottled water for those populations that might have a hard time handling a jug of water,” Goike continued.Identified zone area residents can collect the water containers at District Health Department No. 4.“With your refillable water jugs there’s 5 refill stations which you can refill your water jugs as needed. You can refill you jugs for free,” she said.Next month the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be testing water wells for possible contamination. Test forms for well water can be found online at Michigan.gov/alpenapfosresponse. You can also pick up a form at the health department.For more information call the Department of Environmental Quality at 1–800–662–9278 or log on to dhd4.org. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious The Salvation Army Helping Those in Need with a Coat GiveawayNext Annual Alpena Pumpkin and Lights Display Gearing Up for Halloweenlast_img read more

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Selkirk Saints score BCIHL Three-Peat with sweep of SFU Clan

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints accomplished what no other team has done in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League — score a Three-Peat.The Saints swept out Simon Fraser University Clan 4-2 Saturday night in Castlegar to capture the schools third consecutive BCHIL banner before a boisterous crowd.Goals by Jamie Vlanich and Ryan Edwards 90 seconds apart in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie to power the home side to the victory.The game, coupled with a 3-1 decision Friday, completed the best-of-three series sweep 2-0.The series win was the second time in three seasons Selkirk has defeated SFU to win the title.The first time came in 2013 in Nelson.In 2014 Selkirk defeated Trinity Western University to capture the crown. Thomas Hardy, third star in the contest, put Selkirk on the board during a penalty-filled first period, finishing a fine individual effort with a backhand goal from the slot.The goal marked his team’s first successful power-play effort following a 0-for-6 performance in Game 1.Jared Eng replied for SFU early in the second period, as the Clan played their strongest hockey early in the middle frame.But the Clan couldn’t solve Saints netminder James Prigione, paying the price when a pair of BCIHL rookies snapped home goals to give Selkirk a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes.The two Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stars, Vlanich and Edwards, scored late in the frame.Vlanich was named the game’s first star.In the third Saints defenceman Ryan Procyshyn iced the game with a goal into the empty net.SFU forward Adam Callegari scored with 20 seconds left on the clock, but the result was no longer in doubt.Prigione, selected star number two, picked up his fourth straight postseason win with a 23-save effort while Jordan Liem took the loss in the nets for SFU despite playing a strong game for the second time in as many nights.Final shots were 28-25 Selkirk.With files from BCIHL website.last_img read more

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Selkirk College Pride Helps Produce Spirited Effort

first_imgA mix of boisterous students, ardent local hockey fans and interested observers help provide an atmosphere unrivalled in the West Kootenay-Boundary.The Saints triumphed over Trinity Western University 6-3 with the fans scoring an assist in the victory.“Every time there is a big hit or a big save or a big play… you hear it,” Heaven says of the support in the stands.“It’s incentive knowing that when you get out there you have that backing behind you, it gives a little more desire to get out there and perform at a higher level. You are getting that support and you want to give them a good show.”The Saints have put together a modest 2-2 start to the 2015-2015 BCIHL regular season as they build towards taking a shot an unprecedented fourth straight league title.With all five teams in the league taking turns earning victories so far this season, the Saints are in a four-way tie atop the league standings in the young season.“If we can continue to build on what I have seen so far from this team, I think we will be in a good spot to get ourselves into the playoffs and move towards our ultimate goal at the end of the year,” says Heaven.The Saturday night game against the Eagles is the only game of the weekend.The Saints will return home on October 31 to take on Simon Fraser University at the Castlegar & District Community Complex. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m. The high octane brand of hockey the Selkirk College Saints showcase on the ice is fuelled by what goes on behind the glass.The Selkirk College hockey team will return to the Castlegar & District Community Complex this Saturday night for a tilt against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) contest will feature great hockey action, but it’s what happens in the stands that helps give the home team an additional boost.“That extra energy they bring is absolutely a benefit,” Saints head coach Brent Heaven says of the fan support the team receives during home games.“We don’t necessarily pay attention to what is being said or what they are doing up there, it’s more of the atmosphere and noise.”The Saints home opener earlier this month brought out more than 500 hockey fans to the Castlegar arena.last_img read more

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Rain havoc in western Maharashtra continues; Satara, Kolhapur flooded

first_imgLow-lying areas like Wakad, Pimple Saudagar, Aundh Gaon, Baner, Sinhagad Road were particularly affected as water flooded the streets and seeped through basements in residential areas, submerging private vehicles. Meanwhile, the situation remained grim in the ‘sugar heartland’ with massive discharge of water from the Koyna dam and the surging levels of the Krishna river throwing life and communications awry in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur.According to Satara district authorities, the discharge from the Koyna dam, which was completely filled to capacity, had been increased to 1,03,000 cusecs.With the discharge severing communications between villages and tehsils, and and road traffic coming to a standstill, the administration has urged people to remain indoors.A similar situation was observed in Kolhapur district, where 17 vital roads were shut down following the extreme flood-like situation.The roundabouts, streets, arterial roads and other major connectors were submerged with waters from the Koyna dam. State Transport bus services remained inoperational in Sangli and Kolhapur.People living near the Krishna river were moved to nearby schools and shelters run by the municipal administration. “Kolhapur and Satara have recorded 101.8 mm and 84.8 mm rainfall respectively till Monday morning. The heavy rainfall is likely to continue for the whole of this week,” Dr. Kashyapi said, adding that Nashik also continued to be in the grip of unrelentingly heavy showers with Tamhini ghat recording 350 mm rain, Trimbakeshwar 396 mm and Nashik city recording 158 mm rain.He further said that the ghat areas would see heavy to extremely heavy rain in the next 72 hours while the normally arid Vidarbha region could expect heavy showers on August 7. Help at hand: An NDRF team rescuing people from inundated areas of Pune. | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannucenter_img There was no let-up in rains in western Maharashtra and the heavy downpour lead to increased discharge from overflowing dams in Pune and the districts in the sugar heartland, throwing communications off-kilter and flooding several parts of Pune, Satara and Sangli.Continuous discharge from dams in Pune — Khadakswasla (more than 49,000 cusecs), Mulshi (35,000 cusecs) and Pavana (20,000 cusecs) — since morning caused flooding in several low-lying areas and led to traffic police shutting down vital bridges between Pune and the Pimpri-Chinchwad which in turn resulted in massive traffic snarls.In wake of the grim traffic situation, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said the administration has decided to keep schools and educational establishments shut on Tuesday (August 6) as well.“More than 6,000 persons residing in the low-lying parts have been moved to safer areas by rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Fire Department since Sunday following increase in the discharge of water from the dams,” said Mr. Ram, adding that the evacuated people were moved to shelters in schools set-up by the Pune civic body to cope with the crisis.While the rain momentarily loosened its grip over Pune city in the morning, it commenced with renewed vigour post-noon with robust showers lashing the city.Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the grim situation in the State and over the city was likely to persist through the week and likely to improve only after August 9.“While Pune city is expected to receive moderate showers tomorrow, heavy rain is expected to continue in other parts of the district like Maval, which received 175 mm rainfall till Monday morning,” said Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, Head, Weather & Air Pollution Monitoring Unit, IMD, adding that the city was expected to record at least 40 mm rainfall by Tuesday morning.The traffic police closed down the bridge linking Aundh with the Sanghvi area after a portion of it was damaged by incessant showers, while the new bridge at Hinjewadi was shut off after cracks developed across the structure, throwing awry traffic along the Pune-Bengaluru highway.Several employees working with companies in the Hinjewadi IT Park were allowed to leave early or work from home as rising water levels completely cut-off communications between Pune and the areas of Wakad and Pimpri-Chinchwad.last_img read more

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T20: India beat South Africa by 21 runs

first_imgIt was an easy win for India in the one-off Twenty20 international against South Africa in Durban on Sunday.Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the T20 match against South AfricaIndia won the match by 21 runs as South Africa chasing 169 could only manage to put 147/9 on board in their stipulated 20 overs.The South Africa opener Morne van Wyk, who scored an impressive 67 in 39 balls, was the only high point in their batting line-up that didn’t really pick up on the day.India left-arm medium-pacer Ashish Nehra was the first to strike. He castled Hashim Amla on 1. Amla was looking to play across the line but failed and the ball crashed into his off stump.That wicket started the fall as the Protea batsmen merely paid quick visits to the pitch.Later down the order South Africa skipper Johan Botha scored 25 off 22 balls before falling to Nehra, but the rest of he batsmen couldn’t stay for long.Yusuf Pathan was the other India bowler who claimed two scalps in the day. He accounted for David Miller and Robin Petersen.Earlier, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat after winning the toss and but India opener Murali Vijay, who has been off-form from sometime now, fell to Wayne Parnel on 14 even as the India score read 22/1.But, in came Rohit Sharma and up went the strike rate. The two milked the Protea bowlers to achieve the desired result with the bat.The two were especially brutal on Makhaya Ntini, who is playing in his last international match before retirement.advertisementSharma struck a four in his over and then Kohli followed it will more hits across the park in he same over. He hit two consecutive fours and big six as India accumulated 20 runs from it.But Johan Botha ensured that Kohli didn’t stay at the crease for long and send him back on 28 before he could set the Moses Mabhida Stadium track on fire.But Rohit Sharma remained and continued the plunder. He finally fell to J.P. Duminy on 53 as the India score read 109/3. Sharma was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his exploits.Finally, Suresh Raina (41) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) put 32 runs for the sixth wicket to help India put a decent 168 on board.Raina fell on the last ball of the innings to Juan Theron.last_img read more

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23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang: Enjoy your money

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang: Enjoy your moneyby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHans-Joachim Watzke, the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, has taken a swipe at Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.Watzke admits the Gabon international did not leave positive memories in Dortmund.He recalled to Suddeustche Zeitung, “I think that Aubameyang is happy at Arsenal, especially when he looks at his bank account.”On Wednesdays, however, he must sit in front of his television to watch the Champions League.”Having quit BVB in January 2018, Aubameyang hasn’t tasted Champions League football with the Gunners. last_img

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