Wondrous Oblivion

first_imgPaul Morrison’s first film, 1999’s Solomon and Gaenor, was a tragedy about an Orthodox Jew’s illicit affair with a miner’s daughter in the impoverished Welsh valleys of the 1910s. His second is another period piece but it is a much more palatable one. Set in 1960, it tells the story of one long summer in the life of 11-year-old David Wiseman (Sam Smith), a Jewish second-generation immigrant whose passion for cricket far outweighs his ability. David’s German-born parents are viewed with suspicion, but with the arrival of the Jamaican Samuels family next door they are displaced as the neighbourhood scapegoats – it may be only 15 years since the end of the war but it is only two since the Notting Hill Race Riots. Friends encourage David to ignore his new neighbours, but after Dennis Samuels, (Delroy Lindo) father of the new family, erects a cricket net, the usually shy David cannot resist the lure of the game. The story is predictable. David flourishes and is picked for the cricket team; becomes more confident and more popular until he thoughtlessly betrays his mentor. Ultimately though, he of course realises that friendship is more important than athletic prowess, missing an important fixture to prove his loyalty. Wondrous Oblivion is saved from cliché however by some wonderful performances and the quiet privileging of individual characterisation over emotional histrionics. There are a couple of major movies where cricket games take place (Joseph Losey’s Accident) and there has been one film about first-class cricket (Anthony Asquith’s The Final Test), but there has never been a first-class film about such a potentially slow sport. Wondrous Oblivion doesn’t break the cinema’s duck in this area, for while cricket provides the film’s dominant motif, it is a metaphor for self-respect, friendship, teamwork and living in amicable rivalry. In its portrayal of human relationships, it is in a league of its own.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

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Universities crucial in almost half of new inventions—and Oxford is the best

first_imgA new study has shown that university researchers have been crucial in 40 per cent of the most significant inventions since the 1950s. The study also revealed that universities contributed to around 75 per cent of the world’s important inventions.The results of the study, conducted by Steven Brint, professor of sociology and public policy at the University of California, Riverside, have come as a surprise, given the relatively low share of research and development funding awarded to universities.At the University of Oxford, the development of ideas is supported by Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialization company for the University.In recent years OUI have played a crucial role in bringing Oxford to the forefront of innovation.Unusually for a technology transfer office (TTO), the OUI has been generating profits which are returned to the university, while most TTOs are operating at a loss.OUI launched 24 high-tech firms in 2016, including OxStem, an Oxford spinout (a company based on the University’s intellectual property) designing stem cell drugs to treat agerelated disease, and DiffBlue, a world leader in automated test generation.Last week, the OUI was named Technology Transfer Office of the Year at the Global University Venturing Awards 2017. The OUI triumphed despite strong competition from Cambridge, Toronto, and Warwick universities, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles. The OUI was recognized for advances in its activity and in Oxford’s innovation ecosystem over the past year.Speaking to Cherwell, Gregg Bayes-Brown of the OUI suggested that the success of universities in contributing to innovation and invention was due to “the strength and resilience of the ideas coming from researchers”. However, he continued: “[Although] funding exists for high quality research, universities face significant obstacles in turning ideas into commercial successes, because they face a lack of capital and support for development and innovation.“So many quality ideas being produced by universities simply aren’t taken up and disappear before they can have an impact”.Two years ago Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) was founded to support the commercialisation of Oxford’s scientific research. With over £500m the OSI is the world’s largest fund of its kind, and is able to provide vital capital and expertise to develop Oxford’s scientific ideas into market-leading companies.The OUI has also begun to push for greater innovation in the social sciences and humanities.Mark Mann, the Senior Technology Transfer Manager at the OUI, told Cherwell that “increasingly ideas from the humanities are being successfully commercialized”.Mann further pointed to the growing number of humanities based start-ups in the OUI’s business incubator, which supports members of the University who wish to create or develop entrepreneur-driven ventures.Speaking at the OUI’s second Humanities Innovation Challenge Competition, Mann stressed the value of combining ideas from the humanities with new technologies. Despite Oxford’s recent advances, there are fears that a hard Brexit could damage Oxford’s innovation and the progress of university research more widely.Bayes-Brown told Cherwell: “The strength of Oxford’s innovation has been dependent on the diversity of its academics”, and noted that the key to the success of Silicon Valley has been its ability to accept any talented person from around the world.He added that efforts to reduce immigration by placing restrictions on academics and students coming to the UK could have “a disastrous effect on university innovation”.I—nnovation and entrepreneurship around Oxford University has benefited considerably from international innovators, with 45 per cent of Oxford spinouts and 77 per cent of startups since 2011 started by foreign founders or co-founders who launched their companies after working or studying at Oxford.last_img read more

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BPTJ to launch Bogor-Jakarta intercity buses as alternative for Commuter Line passengers

first_imgOn Monday, 77 out of 170 free buses provided by the BPTJ transported 1,112 passengers from Bogor and Bekasi.Polana said the BPTJ aimed to launch the new bus service, dubbed the Greater Jakarta Residential Connexion or JR Conn, in August.”JR Conn will be a point-to-point bus service, so instead of deploying from bus terminals, the buses will deploy from bus stops near residential areas to avoid crowding at bus stops or terminals,” she said.She explained that the BPTJ would still limit the buses to 50 percent of capacity to ensure passengers could maintain physical distancing.”Passengers will be required to wear face masks, and their temperatures will be checked prior to entering the buses. We will also regularly clean the buses with disinfectant,” she said.Polana also urged commuters who could work from home to continue doing so as it would be hard for transportation operators to implement proper health protocols if the number of passengers using their services was still the same as prior to the pandemic.”The World Health Organization has stated that public transportation is one of the potential factors for COVID-19 transmission. So, we are trying really hard to prevent public transportation in Greater Jakarta from becoming a transmission source,” she said. “However, that’s very hard to do without the public’s help.”Topics : Since the Jakarta administration started easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, large numbers of residents in Jakarta and surrounding areas have begun flocking to the commuter train service again, creating long queues and packing train stations.This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the train operator has limited the capacity of each train to only 35 to 45 percent to ensure passengers can maintain physical distancing.The BPTJ has cooperated with the Transportation Ministry and the Jakarta administration to deploy free buses for commuters living in the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten to reduce long queues and crowding in train stations.Read also: Commuter line sees surge in passengers as ‘new normal’ begins The Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is planning to provide a fleet of intercity buses to transport commuters from Bogor, West Java, to Jakarta as an alternative to Commuter Line trains.BPTJ head Polana B. Pramesti said that the new intercity buses were aimed at reducing crowding in train stations.”We have deployed free buses for Commuter Line passengers since May 15 to reduce passenger volume at train stations, however it can’t be a permanent solution,” Polana said in a statement. “After the launch of the free bus services, we’ve said that if the demand consistently grows, we could launch a regular bus service [for the routes].”last_img read more

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McKinleyville freshman Kyler Carr helps Panthers pick up a split against Eureka

first_imgEureka >> Leave it to a couple of youngsters to come up big when each of their teams needed them the most on Saturday.Within a 10-minute span, freshman Kyler Carr not only got the go-ahead two-run single in his first-bat of the day but also got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh against the heart of the Eureka lineup to wrap up the McKinleyville baseball team’s 6-3 comeback win at Bud Cloney Field.In game two, Eureka sophomore pitcher David Vagle tossed a no-hitter against …last_img

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Things to know: Sharks’ Erik Karlsson returns to the ice

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson is back on the ice, but he isn’t “close” to rejoining the Sharks lineup.Karlsson took his first-big step toward returning from a groin injury that’s sidelined him for 17 games on Saturday, skating for roughly 30 minutes prior to the Sharks optional morning skate. The two-time Norris Trophy winner skated figure eights around the faceoff circles, practiced hard stops and zipped around the rink a few times in a full sprint at Solar4America Ice.“Good sign. Out there, no …last_img

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UEFA Champions League: Juventus seek what Zinedine Zidane failed to deliver for them

first_imgIt is hard to view Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane’s playing career as anything other than outstanding. Arguably the finest midfielder of his generation, he would feature in many all-time best elevens.But Saturday’s Champions League final against his former club Juventus is a reminder that the Frenchman hasn’t quite had it all his own way.When Juve signed Zidane from French club Bordeaux in 1996 they had just been crowned champions of Europe. The midfielder was the man they hoped would help ensure more Champions League success.Italian rivals AC Milan had just won Europe’s top trophy three times in close succession and, in an era when Serie A was Europe’s undisputed top league, Juventus wanted, perhaps needed, to follow suit and dominate the continent.But it never happened – Juve lost two finals during the Zidane era, and his solitary Champions League success would come with Real in 2002.In 1997, Juve lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund in the final, with the Frenchman largely ineffective, marked out of the game by Scottish midfielder Paul Lambert.The following year Juve were back in the final for the third season in a row, only to lose 1-0 to Real, Predrag Mijatovic’s goal providing the Spanish club’s first European title in 32 years.”Moments like that are tough and sad, but they’re part and parcel of any footballer’s career and you’ve got to accept them. I’m just happy I got to win the competition later with Real Madrid. All careers leave you with both good and bad memories,” Zidane said recently.advertisementThe pain was soon eased for Zidane, who that summer won the World Cup in his homeland with France, but his final three years at Juve were a let-down in terms of trophies.Zidane had been part of two title-winning teams in his opening two years at the club, but his last three years brought only the obscure UEFA Intertoto Cup.When he made his then world record 75 million euro transfer to Real in 2001, Juve fans were saddened but there was no outrage.Indeed, the transfer fee helped the club bring in three players who would deliver a renewed period of domestic dominance – goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, French defender Lilian Thuram from Parma and, most importantly, Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved from Lazio.Nedved achieved a rapport with the Juve fans that Zidane never quite managed to reach – although his team-mates from that era never fail to speak with fondness of his time in Turin.”He was always in sync with everybody because he wanted to help each one of his teammates despite his stunning technique,” says former Juve forward Alessandro Del Piero.”I didn’t expect him to become a manager but it could have been predicted given that he was always able to read the game. That’s why he always takes the best decisions as a manager and that’s why he has won everything so far,” he said.Zidane, who lived quietly in the countryside during his time in Italy, remains liked and respected among the Juve faithful. But on Saturday they will be hoping Massimo Allegri’s team can deliver the very same trophy the Frenchman failed to secure.last_img read more

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French Open: Rafael Nadal wins record 10th title

first_imgHis clay-court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final Sunday.No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968.The 31-year-old Nadal was overwhelmingly good from start to finish against Wawrinka – and over the past two weeks en route to La Decima, Spanish for “10th.” Not only did Nadal win every set he played in the tournament, he dropped a total of only 35 games, the second fewest by any man on the way to any title at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era with all matches being best-of-five-sets.Along with improving to 10-0 in finals at Roland Garros, Nadal increased his career haul to 15 Grand Slam trophies, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for second place in the history of men’s tennis, behind only rival Roger Federer’s 18.It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal in his favorite event and on his favorite surface: Over his career, he is now 79-2 at the French Open and 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay.A year ago in Paris, Nadal surprisingly withdrew before the third round because of a wrist injury, making the announcement at a news conference while wearing a blue brace on his left arm and a look of resignation of his face. He couldn’t bring himself to watch much of the rest of the 2016 French Open, he said, other than some doubles matches involving a good pal, and the singles final.advertisementFinally back to full strength in the off-season, Nadal returned to work, reconstructing his forehand and redoubling his efforts to get back to his best.Well, he sure proved to be precisely that Sunday, when the conditions were exactly to the liking of a guy who grew up on the island of Mallorca. The sun was shining, there was barely a trace of cloud in the bright blue sky and the temperature was about 85 degrees (30 Celsius).Wawrinka is no slouch; he owns three major titles, including one from Roland Garros, and had never lost a Grand Slam final. But a five-set semifinal win Friday over No. 1-ranked Andy Murray must have taken something out of the 32-year-old from Switzerland, the oldest French Open finalist since 1973. His shots didn’t have their usual verve, his legs their usual spring. After one point Sunday, Wawrinka bent over, leaning one arm on his racket and resting the other on a knee.Instead of pointing to his right temple, as he often does after key points won, Wawrinka kept rubbing his forehead or running his fingers through his hard after key points lost. When he netted a forehand to close a 14-stroke back-and-forth in the second set, he pounded his strings on his head several times.Nadal has that way of wearing down opponents. On this day, he was nearly perfect. He won all 12 service games, saving the lone break point he faced, and made a mere 12 unforced errors.When it ended, Nadal dropped to his back on the clay, then rose and briefly pulled his blue shirt over his face. He was again the champion, again unbeatable at the French Open.last_img read more

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14 days ago​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Messi and Ronaldo would struggle in Solskjaer’s team

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Messi and Ronaldo would struggle in Solskjaer’s teamby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has laid into the team, by suggesting that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would struggle in it.United are enduring a miserable start to the season that sees them only two points above the relegation zone in the league.They face Liverpool at home in their first game after the current international break.Speaking to Betfair about United, Berbatov explained: “The winter transfer window is going to be difficult and on the pitch Manchester United aren’t producing as a team at the moment. “It doesn’t matter how good you are, Messi or Ronaldo could go there and they would have difficulty because the team is not producing.” last_img read more

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Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder Wrote A Congratulatory Letter To TCU QB Trevone Boykin

first_imgBill Snyder featured with his headset on.WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)This past Saturday, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin led his team to an incredible come-from-behind victory against Kansas State, rallying the Horned Frogs from an 18-point second-half deficit. Friday, it was revealed by Boykin that Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder went out of his way to congratulate the senior signal-caller on the accomplishment. Yep, you read that correctly.Snyder, as he often does, wrote a congratulatory letter to Boykin following the game. Boykin posted a photo of the note to Twitter:I have so much respect for Coach Snyder and his Kansas st football team! #LivingLegend pic.twitter.com/An0ANnJgME— Trevone BoyKING (@OGcURIOUSDEUCE) October 16, 2015Last week, Snyder wrote a similar note to Oklahoma State’s kicker after he nailed the game-winner against the Wildcats.Snyder is regarded as one of the classiest coaches in college football, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Well done, yet again.last_img read more

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