Bridge of Sigh-cle ride for Hertford Principal

first_imgThe Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, will cycle from Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs to Venice’s Bridge of Sighs next July, to mark one hundred years since his college’s building of the famous Oxford landmark.Hutton sent out an email to Hertford students asking for their help in the attempt to carry out the challenge, set to take place over two weeks next July.In the email, Hutton said, “Over the next twelve months we celebrate the centenary of our iconic bridge and in thinking about ways to celebrate, the idea of a sponsored cycle ride from the Hertford bridge to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was mooted.“This idea has increasingly caught my imagination, and over the last few days I have decided to do it – providing we can make it work. Believe me, at about a thousand miles over a fortnight next July this will be probably the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – and just the preparation is a daunting prospect.”Although Hutton intends to hire a professional company to help with the organisation of the trip, he is also keen for Hertford students to become actively involved. As his email explained, “I am looking for a group of individuals who can share my enthusiasm for this idea and help get it off the ground.“No, you don’t have to commit to ride with me, although you will be most welcome – my aspiration is to tap into the wider Hertford community rather than have the whole project driven by an outside contractor.”About half a dozen students will be asked to help Hutton in four areas – route planning, technical support, accommodation and transport. He says that he already has two possible routes planned.Hutton will formally announce the idea in September, when the centenary of the Bridge of Sighs will be celebrated by Hertford College with a series of lectures on the Bridge’s history, the screening of a short documentary about it, and a drinks reception and party.Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs was designed and built in 1913 and now connects the two main college buildings, spanning New College Lane. It was first opened in January 1914. The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, or the Ponte dei Sospiri, was built in 1602 and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.The distance between them is 757 miles, just under the length of the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in the UK, at about 840 miles.last_img read more

JSM expects a good game in Kumasi

first_imgOfficials of JSM Bejaia say they expect a good game at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday when they play Asante Kotoko in the CAF Champions League round return leg tie.The first leg, played on March 15 in Bejaia ended goalless. The Algerians arrived in Accra on Wednesday and before leaving for Kumasi, their Ambassador to Ghana; H. E. Larbi Katti who spoke on their behalf, said in a brief interview that they expect a good game in Kumasi.“We are looking forward to a good match” Ambassador Katti said in at the airport. The 29-man contingent from Bejaia comprises 17 players and 12 officials. They were led to Kumasi by Deputy Kotoko Accra Rep, Nana Kwame Dankwa and an official from the GFA, Daniel Oduro.They checked into Anita Hotel at Ejisu near Kumasi and have been training at a facility in the same area. Knowing that kickoff time for the game is 2pm, JSM Bejaia trained between 2 and 3 pm on Thursday to have a feel of how conditions will be like on the match day assuming nothing is to change.Kotoko have also been preparing feverishly for the game and are fully aware that only a win will secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.last_img read more

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers not feeling added pressure to win

first_img“My point is, I (couldn’t) care less either way,” he said of any heavy burden he may be shouldering. “Like, yeah, that’s our job. We came in to win the title. So you can put more pressure on me; it won’t work.“You know what I’m saying? I don’t get that. Like when people ask coaches or players those questions, I get what you’re saying, so I’m not trying to make light of it.“But who cares? We’re in this to win it. So if there’s more pressure on me, or more pressure on Blake (Griffin) or CP (Chris Paul), like, I don’t think they go to sleep thinking about that. Their job is to try to win it. That’s what you’re in it for.”Tough leaving HoustonPower forward Josh Smith is one of the key new faces on this team. He spoke Monday about the tough decision he had to make in leaving the Rockets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error IRVINE >> It was one thing for Doc Rivers to fail to take the Clippers to the conference finals this past season for the first time in franchise history. Top to bottom, that was not a real deep team, so even though the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead and lost to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals, that was a good alibi.But with the addition of several hard-nosed, quality players, Rivers will be expected to take this team through uncharted waters in 2015-16. He probably knows that, but he didn’t really want to hear it Monday at the team’s training camp at UC Irvine.“Well, I think there is pressure on my anyway, I guess,” said Rivers, the Clippers’ third-year head coach and president of basketball operations. “I want to win the title.”Rivers explained his thinking in detail.center_img “It was definitely hard,” he said. “The fans were amazing, my family loved it and enjoyed it. But as a basketball player, you have to take a step back and you have to be able to put yourself in scenarios, what best suits you for your career and the future of what you have going on.“I felt like when I looked at it and I prayed on it, this is the direction I wanted to go in.”Rivers said General Manager Dave Wohl was in contact with Smith for 21 consecutive days, and that when Smith decided to sign, he called Wohl to tell him of his decision.“That was a Dave Wohl production,” Rivers said. “I give Dave credit. He never stopped.”Smith said Houston tried to get him to stay, but not as hard as the Clippers worked to lure him to Los Angeles.“They offered some money,” Smith said of the Rockets, “but again, I felt like I think the Clippers pursued me more; they wanted me more.”Smith signed a one-year contract with the Clippers for the veterans minimum of $1,499,187. But he’s still owed some $27 million by Detroit, which waived Smith in December.Smith scored 19 points in Game 6 of the conference semifinals May 14 at Staples Center, helping the Rockets overcome a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat the Clippers 119-107 and send the series back to Houston for Game 7, which the Rockets won 113-100.Competitive spiritRivers talked about how spirited the first few days of camp have been. On Monday, there were two scrimmages, with the first and second units each winning one.“It’s been good,” Rivers said. “And I think it’s been great for the starters because they have to deal with guys coming after them and not really showing them a lot of … you know, they’re just playing them.”last_img read more

Suspected Arsonist Screams “You Die” Before Starting a Fire that Kills 30 in Japan

first_imgDozens of people survived, but were injured in the fire. The suspected arsonist is among the injured according to authorities.KyoAni was founded in 1981 and has produced popular animation shows including K-On and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.The studio also released a standalone feature anime A Silent Voice, in 2016.One of KyoAni’s series, Violet Evergarden, was picked up by Netflix for a global market. A suspected case of arson is under investigation in Japan where over 30 people are believed dead and many more injured in a huge fire set at an animation studio. Police say the suspect poured some type of fuel around the anime studio and then set it on fire screaming “You die!”Kyoto Animation is known as KyoAni and makes popular television shows and publishes anime books.last_img

Keansburg Celebrates 100 Years This Weekend

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |KEANSBURG – The borough will celebrate its centennial Oct. 6 to 8, with dozens of events at four different venues, culminating in a fireworks display on the beach Sunday night.Keansburg will be commemorating its past, as well as its spirit and resilience after the devastation of Super Storm Sandy in 2012.“The most important part of Keansburg is our community spirit, especially during emergencies,” said Edward Balyk, president of the Keansburg Historical Society, who moved to town 23 years ago from Matawan. “No matter what is thrown at us, we bounce back and rebuild.” Super Storm Sandy was just the latest in a long list of other natural disasters to hit Keansburg and the Bayshore. Once part of Middletown and Raritan Townships, Keansburg’s early residents were fishermen and farmers who endured too many storms and hurricanes to name.As it prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of what an old Monmouth County history book calls “the little village lying on the Bay Coast,” it’s interesting to note it has not always been known as Keansburg. Swartz is nostalgic about the late Doug Foulks who died recently at age 94. “He was one of our most respected citizens born in town. I used to sit with him in the Historical Museum for hours, listening to all his old stories about the town,” Swartz said. “I realize now that he was grooming me to pass on the history of Keansburg.” According to Swartz, the town was open all the time, with “lots of bars and nightlife,” he recalled. “The City of Keansburg steamboat would dock three times a day at the Keansburg pier, each trip bringing 3,000 people. They’d come for its beaches and the amusement park,” he said. “They had a band on the boat. People got off and went to a big dance hall on the waterfront. And the rides, of course.” KEANSBURG CENTENNIAL WEEKEND All parking, rides, activities and attractions are free all weekend. The event is open to the public and all nonresidents of Keansburg are welcome.Friday, Oct. 6Craft beer garden and food trucks from 5 to 9 p.m. with a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Jimmy Shoez & The Magooz at Baywalk East, Main Street and Beachway.Saturday, Oct. 7Father Time Free Family Fishing Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. at Keansburg Beach at Baywalk East.Old Truax Burial Ground Ecumenical Memorial Service at 9 a.m. at Leroy and Frederick Place. Forest Park Mini Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Forest Avenue, featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, a watermelon eating contest and music.Photos, arts and craft pop-ups from 1 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Park, located at Main Street and Frances Place.Keansburg Fire Department beer garden and concert at 5 p.m. featuring RB Express. Food will be available from local restaurants.Historical Museum Gifts and Souvenirs open from 1 to 7 p.m. at 59 Carr Ave.Michele DeRoche, Keansburg recreation coordinator, and Cliff Moore, the town’s economic community development coordinator, are overseeing the upcoming Keansburg Centennial Weekend celebrations.Sunday, Oct. 8St. John’s Field activities at St John’s Place will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an Old Timers Baseball Game Show, activities in the outfield and a hot dog eating contest hosted by Kazia Rae’s Restaurant.A parade will take place at 3 p.m. starting at the Municipal Building where paraders will march across Church Street and down Main Street, ending at the 9/11 Memorial.Another mini carnival from 4 to 8 p.m. at Baywalk East located at Main Street and Beachway, along with a concert featuring the White Wedding Band and beer garden starting at 5 p.m.A Super 50/50 raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Food will be available from local restaurants, and the Historical Museum Gift and Souvenirs will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.The weekend events will conclude Sunday evening with fireworks on the beach, sponsored by BCB Bank.Get updates on social media @centennialkeansburg, #keansburg100 #hbdkeansburg The famed City of Keansburg steamship made three roundtrips from New York to the bayside town every day for many years. Courtesy Borough of KeansburgSwartz is referring to the still-operating New Point Comfort Beach Company organized by William A. Gehlhaus in 1908. Gehlhaus bought steamboats and bayfront land, built streets, and opened the amusement park. A third generation descendent, Hank Gehlhaus, still operates the amusement park along the beachfront. The Lenape natives called it “Waackaack.” They were forced to give way to Dutch, English, and Scottish settlers starting in the 17th century. Europeans heard that place name as Waycake. Their descendants rechristened the location Point Comfort, Tanner’s Landing, Granville, and finally Keansburg when a post office was established there in 1884. The modern designation is a nod to New Jersey Rep. and Sen. John Kean, one of the founders. He was also the great uncle of former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean.John Swartz, vice president of the Historical Society, is working with the Centennial Parade Committee for the big weekend. He moved to town in 1947. “Growing up in the 1950s here it was such a small, quaint town. Seventy percent of the homes were summer bungalows.” This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more