Varsity Trip sold out in record time

first_imgThis year’s Varsity ski trip has proved to be more popular than ever, selling out within minutes of booking opening. The 2010 trip sold out in 28 hours. The level of demand last Monday, however, exceeded expectation. Two hours after booking opened at 8am the queue had risen to 5,700, for a trip with a capacity of 3,000.Many students had to wait for several hours to book their place.One student from Mansfield College commented, “I had to wait for three hours to get my place! I almost missed a tutorial but was just glad I was one of the lucky ones and got on, a few of my friends didn’t quite manage it.” Facebook, meanwhile, was littered with frustrated comments by those waiting. Alex Irons posted, “Queue time 4 hours 32 min. FML.”Once the demand for places became clear the Varsity trip committee set about trying to arrange more accommodation, securing an extra 200 beds. In response to a query about the possibility of more space on the trip, a spokesperson for the Committee said, “We’re looking into getting some more but we’ve pretty much filled up the resort, and it’s a bit too cold to put up tents so our options are quite limited…especially this late in the day.”The Varsity Trip is an annual snowsports event that plays host to the Blues Races, where the top Oxford and Cambridge skiers have battled it out since 1922. In recent years the trip has significantly expanded to become the largest student-run ski trip in the world, and includes an extensive entertainment programme featuring artists such as Calvin Harris.last_img read more

Blatter re-election set for Asian boost

first_imgFIFA chief Sepp Blatter will take a big step towards a fifth term in office when he watches Asia’s football boss, a key ally, seal re-election unopposed on Thursday.Just four weeks before FIFA’s presidential vote, Blatter can shore up crucial Asian support when he addresses the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Bahrain.It is likely to be a triumphant trip for the 79-year-old, with AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, a vocal supporter, set to be handed a fresh, four-year term.Kuwaiti powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad Al Sabah, another Blatter ally, also looks likely to win one of three seats on FIFA’s executive committee which are up for grabs.Meanwhile Blatter’s presidential rival Prince Ali bin al Hussein will lose his post as a FIFA vice president, which is being absorbed into the Asian leader’s job title.Blatter has already been assured of African support for the May 29 FIFA poll, and with Asia’s 46 votes he would be all but at the finish line. His rivals — Jordan’s Prince Ali, Dutchman Michael van Praag and former galactico Luis Figo — face a last-minute scramble for support ahead of the ballot in Zurich.Shaikh Salman will tighten what is becoming an iron grip on Asian football when his first full term is rubber-stamped by the congress in his home country of Bahrain.He swept to power in 2013 promising a clean slate after his predecessor Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from football mid-term over alleged bribery and financial wrongdoing.The past could still haunt the AFC, however, after general secretary Alex Soosay faced accusations related to the former regime under disgraced Qatari bin Hammam.According to a video interview seen by a Malaysian newspaper, an AFC employee said Soosay asked him to tamper with or destroy documents during an investigation. No comment was immediately available from Soosay, although the report said he had dismissed the video as a smear attempt.The AFC is ditching tradition by holding the congress in Shaikh Salman’s stronghold of Manama rather than the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, where the body is based.It also done away with its usual executive committee meeting the day before the congress, meaning proceedings will focus squarely on voting.Five AFC vice presidents will be decided, plus 11 executive committee members. Australia’s Moya Dodd and Afghan Zohra Mehri are among five mandatory female exco appointments.But the bigger picture is Asia’s support for Blatter, which looks set to help keep him at the head of world football despite a series of controversies, notably over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more

Bullpen spoils strong outing from Jaime Barria as Angels continue to plummet

first_imgKole Calhoun, who hit three homers in games on Wednesday and Friday, agreed that the Angels are giving their best effort, despite the results.“Getting motivated is not a problem,” Calhoun said. “We are playing major league baseball. This is all of our dreams. We’re not going to take any game for granted. We go out and play and play hard. There are a lot of young guys where who are going to get opportunities and get a chance. You think they are not going to pay hard? They are going to go out and play their butts off.”Ausmus said the signs that would tell him that the effort or intensity is lacking is if players started to take shortcuts in areas beyond pitching and hitting.“The key is is to make sure they’re taking a businessman’s approach to every facet of the game: running the bases, playing defense,” Ausmus said. “The unheralded parts of baseball that you still need to do the right things or play the right away. That’s what I look at. So far that has not been an issue.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Jaime Barría’s best outing of the year came to an abrupt end when the lineup turned over for the third time.It’s no secret that Angels manager Brad Ausmus is quick to turn the game over to his bullpen rather than have his starters face hitters a third time, and this time it backfired.Barría, who had not allowed any runs when he was pulled, ended up getting charged with two that scored against the bullpen in the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.“It was a very good outing,” Ausmus said. “Maybe his best outing of the year. Everything seemed to be working. With all the lefties in the lineup he used his changeup quite a bit. The slider is probably his go-to pitch, but really his the changeup was the difference maker with the left-handed bats.” The Angels lost their sixth straight game, and 10th out of the past 12, falling to 67-82 and ensuring their fourth straight losing season.Although the Angels have played particularly poorly lately, they rejected the notion that it has anything to do with a lack of motivation at the end of a disappointing season.“I can tell you if there was anyone in here who doesn’t want to be out there, and didn’t want to give 100 percent, they wouldn’t be in the (expletive) big leagues,” Andrew Heaney said. “If you have enough (expletive) mental fortitude to get to the big leagues, you aren’t going to (expletive) quit in September because your team is out of it. Those kind of people get weeded out way before they get to the big leagues.”Related Articlescenter_img Barría allowed two singles and one walk through the game’s first 18 batters, but in the sixth inning he gave up a single to the 19th and he walked the 20th, so Ausmus pulled him in a scoreless game.“It looked like he hit a wall,” Ausmus said, referring to Barria falling behind 3-0 on the first hitter before allowing the next two to reach.Barria even conceded, though an interpreter, that he “got a little tired at the end.”Right-hander Keynan Middleton retired right-handed Tommy Pham on a long fly ball, but then left-hander Miguel Del Pozo walked left-handed Ji-Man Choi. Right-hander Taylor Cole gave up a three-run double to right-handed Travis d’Arnaud.That was enough to be the difference in the game, as the Angels couldn’t muster much offense without Mike Trout, Justin Upton or Shohei Ohtani. Upton and Ohtani are out for the season, and Trout is still nursing a sore foot. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more