Oxford University Swimming Club has just returned from a fantastic training camp in Lignano, which we hope will be a precursor to victory in the Hilary varsity competition. In 2008 we have relocated our training camp to a purpose-built training village in Italy, which incorporated an Olympic sized swimming pool for intensive long course training, a 25 metre pool for short course sprint work, and a state of the art multi-gym and sports hall complex. Swimmers took part in four hours of intensive coached pool training each day, combined with plyometrics, flexibility, and team building exercises, in preparation for what promises to be the most closely fought Varsity Match of the last decade. Many returning swimmers commented on the excellent facilities, which are unrivalled anywhere in England. The pool, which was ten lanes wide, fifty metres long, and built for the 2006 European Youth Championships, was outstanding. We were delighted to have all ten lanes to ourselves on a number of occasions, and when we shared the pool it was with the likes of the Ukrainian national swimming team, the Spanish water polo team, and the Italian synchronised swimming team. Being surrounded by international sportsmen and women certainly spurred the squad on, especially through those gruelling midweek sets when exhaustion had already set in, but the end of the camp was not yet in sight. An afternoon spent in Venice at the halfway point provided a welcome few hours of recovery and, having visited St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge’s Palace, we returned to the pool refreshed and ready for more hard training. As usual, training camp was a great success, even more so this year for its superb new location. The squad has returned feeling leaner, meaner, and faster, and ready to take on the Tabs in the forthcoming Varsity Match.by Lorna Wellings
The house is a renovators delightT The Big Barramundi GardensHERE is your chance to hook quite possibly the world’s biggest barra — and own a North Queensland icon.Just about every visitor to Daintree Village has posed for a photograph in front of the giant barramundi sculpture at The Big Barramundi Gardens.Now you can own it. Croc burger anyone?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAnd all of that is situated on a 789sq m block.“The Big Barramundi Gardens, located in the funky little Daintree Village, was originally a settlement built by timber cutters in the 1870s,” the listing says.“Today low-impact tourism alongside sustainable cattle and tropical fruit-farming in the beautiful valleys beyond, form the lifeblood of this laid-back little township with all it’s charm of yesteryear.”The house consists of three large bedrooms with built-in wardrobes but is need of some “creative DIY and a lick of paint”. And needs a bit of ‘creative DIY’he restaurant has stone and wood tables and offers alfresco dining. It serves ridgy-didge Aussie dishes using crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi.Ray White Port Douglas agent Jenna Chamberlain said the big barra was a popular attraction for visitors to the region.“People travel to North Queenland to hook a barra so here is your chance,” she said. It really is … THIS BIG!The property, which is located at 12 Stewart St, is on the market for $499,000 negotiable, after the price was dropped by $70,000.For the price of an average Brisbane home, you get a three-bedroom house, a restaurant with seating for 80 people, a workshop, a gallery and a tourist shop.
Owner Eric Danos said: “With a 73-year history, we have lived through many industry cycles. In today’s market, we understand the need to find innovative ways to provide services to our customers, and this contract is an example of that.” Oil and gas services company Danos has won a contract from Dutch-Anglo oil major Shell for the provision of a production workforce across Shell’s assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Danos said on Thursday that the contract was awarded by Shell’s subsidiary – Shell Exploration and Production Company. Danos addedthat the three-year contract began on 1 May and will employ 144 Danos personnelin a variety of positions. The company won a deal in early 2019 for work on Equinor’s its Titan spar production platform. That was the second deal with the Norwegian company on that platform since it also won a coatings maintenance contract the year before. Apart from supporting Shell, Danos also supports other oil industry majors in the Gulf of Mexico, such as Equinor. Danos hasalso been contracted to support Shell’s Unconventionals business in the Permianand Appalachian regions. The oil service provider stated that it would provide the workforce on Shell’s Appomattox, Auger, Enchilada, Salsa, Mars, Ursa, Olympus, Perdido, and Stones assets. It is worth noting that the two companies have worked together for almost 50 years on developing the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas resources. The company willprovide crane operators, control room and process operators, electricians,electronic technicians, instrument technicians, logistics, and onsite supervisors.
NZHerald 29 Jan 2013 Fewer suspensions and expulsions do not mean kids are behaving better, writes Vaimoana Tapaleao. The number of students being stood down for bad behaviour is at its lowest point for more than a decade. Suspensions and exclusions are slightly lower than previous years and the number of pupils being expelled from school is also the lowest it has been in years. But principals, teachers and other experts say there is still an increasing number of children who are difficult to handle and that schools simply had better restorative programmes in place now – rather than children becoming better behaved. The latest figures on stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsion rates, released by the Ministry of Education, show a drop in all areas. In particular, stand-down rates have fallen for the fifth consecutive year since peaking in 2006. Back then, the age-standardised stand-down rate stood at 30.9 per 1000 students. The numbers fell to 24.5 stand-downs per 1000 students in 2011. Maori pupils and male students in particular continue to top the number of stand-downs.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10861951
1 Lionel Messi once again displayed just why he is regarded as the greatest ever as his fine double saw Barcelona take a huge step towards their first Champions League final in four seasons.The Argentina star beat an in-form Manuel Neuer twice before strike partner Neymar added a third in stoppage-time to seal a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi-final tie.Barcelona were the dominant attacking force throughout the Nou Camp clash but looked set to be held by an unmovable Neuer in the Bayern net, Bayern’s saving grace in what was a shambolic defensive display in the opening stages.Pep Guardiola’s injury-hit side started with a back three but reverted back to a four-man defence before the break as Barca completely pulled them apart.In fact, if it weren’t for the German number one, the tie would have been all over as a contest at the halfway point, with the world class keeper making himself big to pull off two miraculous one-on-one saves from Luis Suarez and Dani Alves.However, Barcelona weren’t invulnerable at the back as Bayern went close themselves on 17 minutes when Thomas Muller beat his man on the right and whipped in a cross for Robert Lewandowski, but the Poland star slipped and sliced his stretched effort horribly wide.The visitors looked to have recovered from their appalling start as the break approached, and they continued their upward surge in the second-half, though they struggled to turn their inspired one-touch play into goalscoring opportunities as they failed to register a shot on target.Despite their smaller share of possession, Barcelona were still able to carve out chances, and shot after shot after shot aimed at Neuer eventually took its toll on the World Cup winner, with Messi finally breaking the deadlock on 77 minutes with a powerful shot which beat the giant German at his near post.Guardiola was raging on the touchline, with the goal coming seconds after his side had a penalty appeal waved away, and it only got worse for the manager on his Nou Camp return, as Argentine maestro Messi mustered more magic moments later to double Barca’s lead.The forward made it seem impossibly easy as he drifted past a clumsy Jerome Boateng on the edge of the box before darting inside and lofting an outstanding chip over Neuer and into the net.Suarez then had a chance for a third but perhaps let fly too early as he fired his shot high into the stands, but it mattered little as Neymar put the game to bed with a goal in stoppage-time.Bayern were punished for sending too many men forward, with Messi’s through-ball sending his Brazilian team-mate through one-on-one, and Neymar slotted coolly past Neuer to put the Spanish giants one step closer to a first final since 2011. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi celebrates