A pint costs more in Oxford pubs than anywhere else in the UK other than London, according to a new study.The average cost across Oxford for a pint is £4.57, second only to London’s £5.19.Carlisle was found to serve the cheapest pints, at an average price at £2.35 followed by Chelmsford at £2.60.The study, conducted by MoneyGuru, found that Edinburgh (£4.35), Bristol (£4.32) and Winchester (£4.30) also served some of the most expensive beer in the UK.A MoneyGuru spokesperson said: “Beer prices are a highly contentious issue in the UK with price hikes becoming more and more frequent.“At the end of 2017, the average pint of bitter rose above £3 for the first time in history, while lager now sits at £3.58.”The study also claimed that Dubai is the most expensive city for beer-drinkers in the world, with the average pint there setting them back £9, while at the other end of the scale, a pint costs just £1.17 in Prague.Last January, Oxford researcher Professor Robin Dunbar claimed that there are links between spending time at the pub and happiness.Dunbar said: “[My] study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people’s social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The mortgage market has moved right into credit unions’ sweet spot, according to one expert, who adds that if CUs are to capitalize on the shift they must begin offering new solutions.To do just that, CU Direct has now officially introduced a new platform, Origence, aimed at helping credit unions not just capture mortgage loans, but do so in a market in which a number of name brand lenders have given the impression a home loan can be had in a matter of minutes.Roger Hull, chief product officer at CU Direct, noted big banks have traditionally dominated the refinance market, which has been slowing, while credit unions have typically done better with first mortgage loans, which have been increasing.“Credit unions have about an 8% share of the overall first mortgage market today, and that percentage has grown slightly over the last few years,” explained Hull. “That’s what you’d expect as we shift away from a predominately refi market to more of a purchase market. And while credit unions have always done better in a purchase market, quite frankly they could have a much bigger market share—but there are some things they need to offer to get that.” continue reading »
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Last year was the first time in decades that a competitive gymnastics competition was held in Alpena.This weekend, Alpena AAU Gymnastic is hosting another meet at the APlex with teams coming from all over Michigan. These are some of the best young gymnasts in the state. The middle school and high school lady gymnasts will show off their routines and skills in competitions featuring the bars, beams, vaults, and floor. The team is hoping for a large turnout and community support for a successful meet.“Gymnastics hasn’t been around for a long time, and so a lot of people don’t know what it really consists of or what it’s all about, so I’ve had people come to the gym during practice and say “wow!” said Head Coach Geri Samp. “I didn’t realize the things you were doing here, so it’s just great to have the community see how hard these girls work.”The girls have been working hard and competing together for years. Jamie Beaubin is participating in her third competition this weekend. She’s excited to show the community what shes been working on before the big competition.“It definitely brings up your confidence to see that so many people want to see you do gymnastics and see you do your best,” said Gymnast Jamie Beaubin.Over 60 gymnasts will take the stages on Saturday. The first division of athletes will start at 12:45 P.M. and the more advanced division kicks off at 4:45 P.M. Admission is $5. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: AAU Gymnastics, aplex, Aplex Center, Competitive Gymnastics, gymnastics, YouthContinue ReadingPrevious Early Morning Talk with NMIGLSI 11-1-2018Next Schuette stops by Alpena in final days before midterms
“It is pretty amazing and hard to think about,” Farah, who was not present at the awards ceremony in Liverpool, told those in attendance via video link.“I didn’t imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams.“I just cannot believe I have won.”Roger Federer was voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time earlier in the week after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was named BBC sports personality of the year for the first time on Sunday, edging out motorcycling champion Jonathan Rea to the award.Farah, 34, successfully defended his 10,000-metre title at the World Championships in August, although he missed out on another distance double after taking silver in the 5,000m.He retired from the track later that same month to focus on road racing and has said he could run the marathon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Farah earned 83,524 votes — 2,957 more than Northern Irishman Rea, who became the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike titles, while double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock came third.Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, the bookies’ favourite to land the prize, finished fourth in a year that saw the 28-year-old defeat Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in an epic world title fight.
Coach Mario DiBella: The first thing we look at is does the player have a passion to play the game and that’s demonstrated by how he plays on the ice. Do you play the game the right way or do you cut corners? As a defenceman are you a player that leaves the (blue)line early because you’re not confident of your backwards skating or are you the guy that closes the gap and takes that chance to make the right play? We’re looking for players that want to move forward with their hockey careers. They’re not looking at Junior B as the end goal and have a plan to move forward past Junior B and paint their success not just in hockey but also as their life moves forward as a young adult.TND: The Leafs had to cancel the scheduled camp in Calgary. Why does the coaching staff feel it’s necessary to recruit in Alberta?Coach Mario DiBella: Again we see that Alberta market as an up-tapped resource. I know some of the teams in the KI from the East Kootenay recruit heavily in Alberta. There are a lot of great hockey players that come from Alberta as seen in the (WHL) draft this year. Alberta has a great midget program and many of those players want to get into the BC Hockey League and see the KI as way to get into the BCHL.TND: Do you have any players returning from last season?Coach Mario DiBella: At this point, we’re waiting on players. We have a lot of interest from players that played with us last year and wish them all the best at camps this fall. If those players find a fit as a top four D or top six forward position than I suggest they should stay with the team. However, if they’re not sitting in those positions then they should come back and get year, or partial year, to develop to get into the right situation to allow them to move forward with their hockey career.TND: What are your thoughts of having the entire coaching staff — Mario DiBella, Sean Dooley and Isaac Macleod — return from the end of last season?Coach Mario DiBella: I’m really excited about responsibilities we’re assigning each person and we’re going to see a team that not only has success on the ice but we’re going to be more involved with the community and focusing on education and citizenship. We’re all excited about the respective roles each coach will assume in rejuvenating this franchise.TND: After last season’s debacle on and off the ice, what can fans expect?Coach Mario DiBella: We’re all very excited about upcoming season. With the players we want back from last year’s team and the one’s we’ve recruited we’re going to have a dynamic squad with a lot of skill, size and speed and toughness that will make us a real hard team to play against. The Nelson Leafs begin building toward the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season by hosting its Annual General Meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the NDCC.However, since the Leafs were ousted from postseason way back in February, the coaching staff has been busy pounding the pavement in search of players to fill the roster for the upcoming campaign.The Nelson Daily Editor Bruce Fuhr spoke with Leaf coach Mario DiBella to get a gauge on the Leafs off season, especially after the Green and White completed a year that saw the club finish the year with a record below .500, fourth in the Neil Murdoch Division and a first round exit from the playoffs.TND: Can you explain how the off-season recruiting program has been progressing?Coach Mario DiBella: We’ve been very active and have got a number of players that will be coming to our camp, some whom we have committed to . . .. I can tell you that the team that you’ll see this year will be distinctly different from the team that finished the season last year. (Coach) Sean (Dooley) and I five have attended camps in Penticton — Academies Championships — West Kelowna, the Midget Provincials in Calgary and BCHL camps in Salmon Arm and Trail. We’ve seen a lot of hockey players last few months.TND: What type of player is the hockey club looking for?
ALEX SOLIS, KERI BELLE, THIRD: “I had a perfect trip . . . She ran hard, she just didn’t get there.” NOTES: The winning owners are Kenji Morinata of Arcadia or Head of Plains Partners. DAVID MEAH, ASSISTANT TO RICHARD BALTAS, PAULINA’S LOVE, WINNER: “She’s special at this distance and even better when she gets a little time between races like we did here. Seven, eight weeks is a huge thing for her. Four or five weeks, she doesn’t fire like this, but seven, eight weeks and she can fire.“She had a perfect trip. I didn’t expect Flavien (Prat on Moanin) to go out like that (on the lead), but it’s OK. We came home in front and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.” GARY STEVENS, PAULINA’S LOVE, WINNER: “I’ve fallen in love with her. These guys have been so patient with her and have allowed Richard to do what he wants with her. She just keeps developing and getting better and better. She exploded at the eighth pole just like the last time and when I saw 12-1 on the morning line with an 88 Beyer number last time . . . that wasn’t right; she exploded that day.“I rode her with a lot of confidence, like she was the favorite. She minds, she lets me do what I want, whatever the pace scenario is. When she’s done, I’d like to take her home and put her in my backyard.” JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, STORMY LUCY, SECOND: “There wasn’t a straw in her path. She gave me a dream ride. She absolutely flew to the wire. The winner was a nose better today, that’s all. They were too good today.” TRAINER QUOTES