Fine by me, say students

first_imgStudents have been discovered dodging police fines handed out in a bike light safety scheme.As part of the Lights on Bikes campaign, cyclists caught without bike lights are given the opportunity to avoid the £30 fine if they show police a receipt for new lights within seven days.However, students have been attempting to return the lights to cycle shops after showing policemen their receipts. Although receipts are now stamped by police, bike shop staff have reported people trying to cut off the stamps in order to claim a refund.Jim Tanner, of Bike Zone, in Market Street, Oxford, said, “We now refusing all bike light refunds.”Last year, 159 people were killed or injured while riding bikes in Oxford. So far, 130 fines have been issued in the county.last_img

Nick Clegg condemns Campsfield expansion plans

first_imgDEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Nick Clegg has spoken out against the expansion of Campsfield House Immigration detention Centre, arguing that there is not a “clear case” for the proposals.Clegg declared, “The Home Office needs to improve the speed and accuracy of immigration and asylum decisions. This will reduce demand, help save money, and mean we can eventually close centres such as Campsfield House.”The prospective Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, supported his remarks. She said, “I am delighted the Deputy Prime Minister has backed our calls. The ‘needs case’ for this expansion is now even less convincing.”His decision to speak out against existing plans contrasts with Prime Minister David Cameron’s response to an open letter from 21 local organizations in December, which called for the withdrawal of plans to expand the detentioncentre.  In the reply, the Head of Detention Operations at the Home Office, Karen Abdel-Hady, confirmed that a planning application had been submitted and that if approved, would “provide modern accommodation and facilities” and “meet the strategic objectives of immigration enforcement”.Abdel-Hady’s response went on to defend the Immigration Removal Centre, arguing, “Detention and removal are essential and effective parts of immigration control but it’s vital it’s done with humanity and dignity.”Having previously expressed her disappointment at the response from the Home office, an Oxford researcher working on deportation and immigration detention was this time “extremely pleased” with the Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to speak out against proposals to double the size of Campsfield.Dr. Melanie Griffiths told Cherwell, “The UK is unique in Europe for having no maximum time limit for immigration detention, meaning that people have no idea how long they might be detained for, with many incarcerated for months or even years. It is also an extremely costly process, at £36,000 per detainee per year, and causes immense damage to individuals and their families.’’ “Given all this, rather than seek to expand detention space yet further, we should be looking into cheaper and more civilised means of operating an immigration system. I welcome Clegg’s recognition that we should call for the end of this cruel practice.”She went on to say, “Depriving a person of their liberty simply for administrative inconvenience is abhorrent.”Oxford University’s Amnesty International was equally keen to back Clegg’s comments, with their President commenting, “We are pleased that the Deputy PM has condemned the expansion plans and hope this representsa growing trend.”“UK law and the Home Office’s own policy guidance clearly state that detention should be used sparingly and for the shortest period necessary. Yet these recent rapid expansions suggest that rather than ‘sparingly’, detention is being increasingly relied upon to warehouse migrants simply for administrative reasons, a proportion of whom will never be removedfrom the UK.”Dr. Griffiths was keen to encourage people to express their views on the issue using the Detention Forum website.A statement prepared by OUSU’s Student Executive Officers about the expansion plans declares, “Campsfield House should not be expanded: it should be closed down. Detainees at Campsfield report frequent abuse – just last month the detainees themselves staged a protest against the violent treatment of one of their number – and are systematically denied their basic rights. That Campsfield is run for profit by a private company is also troubling.“Migrants are not criminals. Many of the detainees in Campsfield faced persecution in their countries of origin and came to Britain needing our help. As a country, we are under an obligation not to mistreat them. Sadly, our immigration policy remains inhumane, and places like Campsfield are testament to that.“That is why it is the position of OUSU to oppose Campsfield House, and therefore we deplore plans for its expansion. We are glad that many Oxford students and academics – including nine heads of colleges – agree with us on this issue, and we will continue to lobby the government to close Campsfield.”The planning application for the extension to Campsfield has been deferred to the Cherwell District Council planning committee meeting on February 19th because the applicants ‘need more time to resolve the highways issue’.Neither the offices of David Cameron nor the Liberal Democrat party responded to requests for comment.last_img read more

Gold Coast property: Upper Coomera house ‘on top of the world’

first_img Real Estate: Not your typical Gold Coast property 36 Jenkins Court, Upper Coomera has something for the whole family. Entertain in style The start-of-the-art studio. Mr Mian said there were so many perks to the property – from its location and 360 degree views to its features and huge land size.“You can see Mount Tamborine, through to mountains in NSW, then back to Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Sanctuary Cove, Dream World and the M1,” Mr Mian said.“Then you keep going and you can see all the way to South Stradbroke and North Stradbroke, and the Brisbane skyline.“It’s such a unique position and unique opportunity.“The pictures just don’t do it justice.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Ex Gold Coast Titan Bryce Cartwright lists Currumbin home 36 Jenkins Court, Upper Coomera offers spectacular views across the Gold Coast. What a view! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37IT’S got views stretching the entire Gold Coast, a main bedroom that appears to “float” above the city, resort-style pool and a professional recording studio. The property, bought by the owners in 2016, is set to go under the hammer on October 10.“They bought it and it’s gone through a major refurbishment which has taken four and a half years,” said Ray White Sovereign Islands principal Ali Mian, who is marketing the property with Emma Grant.“They’ve done a lot of work to it.” One of the bedrooms.The five-bedroom three-bathroom house has an open-plan living design to allow the view to be appreciate from almost every room.Entertaining is a breeze on the outdoor deck that overlooks the three-sided infinity edge pool and hot tub.A new start-of-the-art studio has NBN hardwired in to enable webinars, audio recordings, and board meetings.“The studio is custom-built for live recordings,” Mr Mian said.Other features include a gym, tennis and basketball courts, cubby house and vegetable garden. 36 Jenkins Court, Upper Coomera from the air. Welcome to 36 Jenkins Court – a sprawling 7.84ha estate perched on top of a hill in leafy Upper Coomera. The pool feels like it is floating above the city.last_img read more

Football: Mourinho rules out Ronaldo move after United rout Galaxy

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Jose Mourinho ruled out any attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Manchester United opened their US tour here Saturday with a 5-2 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy.United manager Mourinho is keen to bolster his ranks further after already strengthening his squad with the additions of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku.But the Portuguese manager poured cold water on the possibility of an attempt to prise United legend Ronaldo away from Real Madrid.“I’m not going to waste my time thinking about players who are mission impossible,” Mourinho told reporters after the win.Earlier, England striker Marcus Rashford scored twice with Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagging United’s other goals in a one-sided victory in front of 25,667 fans at the StubHub Center.New striker Lukaku was unable to get in on the goals after a 45-minute debut in the second half.Lukaku missed one golden chance four minutes into his United debut, with his shot saved by Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.However Mourinho was satisfied with Lukaku’s “unselfish” display in leading the line.“Lukaku is a target man, he plays with his back to opponents,” Mourinho said. “A good thing today for me is to see that he’s a team player. He’s not selfish. He’s not obsessed with goals. “He was not that worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team.”Rashford meanwhile reminded Mourinho of his eye for goal with a confident first-half display.The teenager opened the scoring after only two minutes, punishing an error from Ariel Lassiter near the Galaxy penalty area to dart in on goal and place his finish beyond goalkeeper Jon Kempin.The 19-year-old doubled his tally in the 20th minute, latching onto a clever pass from Juan Mata to make it 2-0.– Rashford ‘still growing’ –Mourinho later revealed that Rashford, who looks to have added a physical dimension to his game, was still growing.“It’s just the natural evolution of a kid,” Mourinho said. “He’s already taller than when I arrived 13 months ago. He’s three centimeters taller. He’s put on some muscle but without any kind of specific work because his speed is his most important quality and we don’t want to lose that.”Marouane Fellaini ensured United had a 3-0 lead at half-time tucking a low shot past the hapless Kempin after good work down the left flank by Jesse Lingard.Mourinho changed his entire line-up at half-time, mirroring wholesale changes made by the Galaxy.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

New poster boy Van Niekerk no Bolt-like showman

first_img“If that means putting out some great times in the 100, 200 and 400m, then I know I’ve achieved the goals I want to do as an athlete.”Usain Bolt says South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk is really proving he’s a world star.Van Niekerk’s potential cannot be underestimated and he has been on fire this season, having run personal bests in the 100m (9.94sec) and 200m (19.84) last month, and also setting a new world best time of 30.81sec in the rarely-run 300m in Ostrava — again beating Johnson’s previous best.The South African said he had finally broken the ice with the American.“I met him at the Laureaus awards. It was nice to finally meet him. It was a bit awkward at the beginning, but obviously getting to know him and being in a comfortable environment with him really made the situation so much more relaxed.“These things happen. It’s the sport and it’s good for track and field and I think he would agree with me if I say we need this to happen to see track and field go from where it is to great heights,” he said, adding: “Yes, he did congratulate me!”Van Niekerk will not have the pleasure of racing against Bolt, who has chosen to compete in just the 100m and 4x100m relay in London, while the South African attempts an ambitious 200-400m double.“I don’t think you can’t really use the word ‘disappointed’,” he said of not getting to race against the towering Jamaican.“It’s just not my time as a competitor to compete against him, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go out there and do great things.“It’s time for us to honour Usain for what he’s done.”RELATED VIDEO.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk has been hailed as the next poster boy for global track and field, and the softly-spoken South African admits he’s taking on board as much as he can from the outgoing Usain Bolt.Although lacking the showman’s pizzaz of Bolt, who has accrued eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, Van Niekerk has showed his worth on the track, shattering Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record from lane eight when adding the Olympic 400m title to his world crown last year.Coached by ‘Auntie’ Ans Botha, aged 74, Van Niekerk remains humble and in awe of what Bolt has done for athletics.“It’s a massive honour to be able to learn and rub shoulders with a great like Usain,” the 25-year-old said ahead of the August 4-13 IAAF World Championships in London.“His impact on the sport alone has been massive and now I’m having an opportunity to build a small relationship with him as I continue my journey. It’s great to learn from these guys.“It’s definitely a good space to be in,” he said. “It’s good to see the guys supporting me as an athlete and backing the athlete that I’m becoming and also the belief I’m receiving in what I’m doing. It shows I’m moving in a positive direction as an athlete.”Bolt has consistently named the South African as his natural successor on the track, and Van Niekerk said: “All of us have a lot of respect for Usain Bolt and all of us have gained a lot of inspiration and motivation from what he’s done for track and field.“It’s a massive honour being mentioned in the light I am right now. It’s definitely an area that I need to accept, take the responsibility and obviously take the backing that I get.”– Work to reach Bolt heights –Van Nierkerk added: “As an athlete, I know I’ve got so much good to do, I’m 25 years old and I have a lot of areas to work on and finetuning to do before reaching the heights Usain reached in the 100 and 200m.“I’m going to go out there and put out a total new image to who I am and what I believe in, and my gifts and my talents.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2016

first_imgRafael Bejarano63916914%54%$823,485 GORMLEY IN COMFORTABLE DRILL FOR JUVENILE            FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs under Chantal Sutherland for John Shirreffs at 8 o’clock Sunday morning for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.Working in company with regular workmate Veneto, Gormley was timed in 1:15 flat while Veneto was clocked in 1:17 flat.“Gormley went very well,” Shirreffs said. “We wanted to make sure he was comfortable next to the other horse. We put him in a different position to see how he handled it.“We weren’t looking for a fast time, just more of a comfortable, non-stressful work.”Victor Espinoza has ridden Gormely in his only two races, both front-running victories, but Sutherland has been working the son of Malibu Moon owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.“Chantal has really nice hands and she sits very still on the horse,” Shirreffs said in explaining why she works Gormley. “It’s nice to have a different rider on him sometimes, other than the rider who’s going to be on him in the afternoon.“Every time his regular rider gets on, Gormley tends to think, ‘Oh, we’re going to do something (serious).’ He can tell the difference between riders.”Sutherland is understandably impressed with Gormley, and would welcome the chance to ride the colt in competition.“The horse can do anything,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind if the Mafia came and tied Victor up to give me a chance to ride Gormley in a race.”The Juvenile will be decided at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the FrontRunner. Tyler Baze50104920%46%$377,520 INTANGIBLES KEY IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTMasochistic worked four furlongs under Mike Smith Thursday in a bullet 45.40, handily from the gate for trainer Ron Ellis.It was the fastest of 46 drills at the distance as the California-bred son of Sought After prepared for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs Nov. 5.“I wanted to sharpen him up a little bit,” Ellis said in explaining the gate drill. “We might even do it one more time. He’s got two more works, one next Friday and probably on Saturday after that, a week before the race.”“All the Breeders’ Cup races except probably the Classic appear to be pretty wide open. They look very competitive. I would agree (with Bob Baffert) that the post position, the start, and other intangibles will be important in a race like the Sprint.” Norberto Arroyo, Jr.47115723%49%$429,260 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 15) Peter Miller37105327%49%$296,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD HAS HISTORY ON HER SIDE IN DISTAFFSongbird will be facing older fillies and mares for the first time when she runs in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.This late in the year, an age disparity might not make a difference, but since the undefeated two-year-old filly champion of 2015 would be facing older champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, it’s something to think about, in the opinion of Mike Smith, who has guided Songbird to dominating daylight victories in each of her 11 races.“I wouldn’t say the concept of three-year-olds handling older horses is overrated, especially with the older horses she’s going to have to face,” the Hall of Fame jockey said. “They’re extremely talented. They’re the cream of the crop, so Songbird is going to have to step up her game.”Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, is a human version of Equibase, up to speed on research, which in this instance bodes well for Songbird: “Just look at the past results of the Distaff,” Ward said. “Ten three-year-olds have won it and most were facing older for the first time, so it’s a good gauge.“Beholder won when she was three (in 2013), Untapable (2014) won when she was three, Ashado (2004) won when she was three, Blind Luck was second (in 2010),” Ward pointed out.Other three-year-old winners of the Distaff were Sacahuista (1987), Dance Smartly (1991), Hollywood Wildcat (1993), Ajina (1997), Spain (2000), Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Royal Delta (2011)“This is a race Songbird will really have to run to win,” Smith said, “but in saying that, I think she’s ready for it. I certainly wouldn’t trade places with anybody, I know that.” Richard Baltas3956313%36%$318,880center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux3393527%52%$329,925 Flavien Prat50117822%52%$942,715 Doug O’Neill52581010%44%$277,768 FINISH LINES: Songbird galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Thursday for the Distaff . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Tara’s Tango worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat, fastest of 59 drills at the distance under Rafael Bejarano for the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 5. “Perfect” is how Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward summed up the drill. “It was a good finish, a good gallop out, just the way you want it. She’s a very good work horse.” . . . Ashleyluvssugar, winner of the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on Oct. 2, had “a lovely work” in the dark for the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles Nov. 5, going four furlongs in 48.40 for Peter Eurton, while Sprint contender Drefong went six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.20 handily from the gate with Martin Garcia aboard. “He went good and he needed it,” Bob Baffert said. “It was a good work for him,” the fastest of 15 at the distance . . . Runhappy, winner of last year’s Grade I Malibu Stakes, is set to arrive at Santa Anita next Sunday, Oct. 23,   from The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky., to prepare for the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 under trainer Laura Wohlers . . . Point Piper, a longshot for the Dirt Mile, went four furlongs for Hollendorfer in 50.80 . . . The jury was still out Sunday morning on why Long Hot Summer finished a disappointing fifth and last by 13 lengths as the 13-10 favorite in Saturday’s California Distaff Handicap. “We’ll evaluate her day to day,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, who sent out Enola Gray to win the race in her turf debut. “Something’s not right. We’ll take Long Hot Summer’s blood tomorrow to see if she could be getting sick on us, because that was not the performance we were expecting from her. On the other end, Enola saved the day for us with a really nice grass performance.” As to Obviously‘s Breeders’ Cup status, D’Amato said he would cross-nominate him to the Mile and the Turf Sprint “and kind of decide after that.” D’Amato has Grade I winner Midnight Storm as a leading candidate for the Mile . . . Trainer Jeff Bonde was pleased as punch with the debut victory of Princess Karen in yesterday’s second race, but revealed no imminent race for the two-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Stay Thirsty, who won by nearly two lengths under Mike Smith. “We’re hoping for good things from her,” Bonde said. . . . Congrats to clocker Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on picking Sundar Creek ($25.40) as his best bet Saturday. The Bob Hess Jr. trainee won by 5 ¼ lengths under Fernando Perez in the ninth race, cementing a Pick Six carryover of $67,281 into Sunday’s races. Turrell wrote in part, “Can’t ask for a softer spot than this. Play: $100 win . . .” for a juicy return of $1,250. GORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR BC JUVENILEDISTAFF HISTORY BODES WELL FOR SONGBIRDINTANGIBLES CRUCIAL IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTSPRINT CONTENDER DREFONG IN ‘GOOD WORK’ROSE MENTIONS ‘CHROME’ ON FOX POST GAME SHOW Jerry Hollendorfer2643315%38%$215,735 ROSE MENTIONS CALIFORNIA CHROME ON FOX SPORTS POST GAME SHOW            Pete Rose, who along with fellow retired hardball greats Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas works as an analyst on Fox Sports NLCS baseball coverage, worked in a mention of superstar California Chrome following last night’s Cubs vs. Dodgers game at Wrigley Field.In an unscripted moment approaching midnight Central Time, Rose asked diminutive field reporter Ken Rosenthal, who had just finished an on-field interview with a Cubs’ player who easily exceeded 6′ 5″, “Are you gonna ride California Chrome?” A bit of uncertainty followed, with Rose being informed by anchor Kevin Burkhardt that “Ken isn’t a jockey.” Unbowed, Rose then pointed out that California Chrome would be running soon in the Breeders’ Cup.THANKS PETE!! Philip D’Amato3340512%27%$361,970last_img read more