Revealed: Rowers in row with houseboat owners

first_imgOxford rowers claim they have been the victims of homophobic abuse and numerous attempts to force them from the river as tensions between rowers and houseboat residents escalate, Cherwell can report.Rowers from a number of different colleges allege that they have been targeted by houseboat owners who placed tacks on the towpath and thew eggs and tomatoes at them.Rowers have further alleged that residents have driven close enough to disturb the water in an attempt to capsize them, have intentionally driven into boats, and have hospitalised an Oxford town rower.These incidents have been brought up at the college rowing captain’s meeting, the minutes of which report that Oxford University Sabbatical Officer for Rowing Tom Coles “had been in contact with the police and the Environment Agency about the houseboats on the bottom stretch”.Describing one incident that occurred last term, University College team captain Ben Norbury told Cherwell: “Just as we passed the houseboats, our cox heard some splashes around our boat and then a bang as an egg hit our stern. Not really realising what was going on we kept rowing.“On the next lap, rowing up to the top again, in the same place, we saw two guys with a dog on the river bank. This time, apparently having depleted their stock of eggs, they just threw homophobic insults at us.“They began to follow us as we rowed to the spinning area, but gave up as we sped away. After spinning and rowing past them again we got similar shouting etc.”Norbury also claims that during one race last week a houseboat continued to sail down the middle of the river as a boat from St Catz college approached. The houseboat collided with the rowers as they turned, ripping off half the boat’s riggers. On rowchat.org, a forum for rowing discussion, one commentator said: “Barge driver clearly not a fan of rowing, ignored a load of marshals and then carried on afterwards without bothering to stop and see if anyone was hurt.”In a separate incident, a Wolfson college boat was intentionally rammed by a houseboat.Norbury believes that the boat that hit the St Catherine’s boat was only in Oxford temporarily, but that the boat that hit the Wolfson crew is permanently based here.Rowers believe that the houseboat owners hostility comes as a result of being disturbed by rowing crews, but could not understand why it had so suddenly developed this academic year.Mack Grenfell, a rower for University College, told Cherwell: “They claim that the antipathy is generated by us scraping/touching their boats with our blades.“I have been rowing for 3 and a half years, and I have got no idea why incidents are occurring now more than ever.“However, this happens relatively often unfortunately, but I think much less since all these major incidents. It’s odd though as to me this would be a minor issue.“My guess is that a lot of them hold resentment to the student population, or are just aggressive people.“Pretty much every day you’ll see loads of them drinking on the towpath, sometimes shouting at crews. Sometimes you’ll get a boat reeking of weed.”This was confirmed by Alastair, a houseboat owner resident on the Thames for over ten years, who said that rowers did knock into boats regularly and wake him up due to their use of megaphones to communicate, but that he accepted it as “part of life on the river”.He claimed that while most houseboat residents were content to share the river there were a small minority of “arseholes” who didn’t share that attitude, and that recently several “raging alcoholics” had moved their houseboat into the Oxford stretch of the Thames.Alastair alleged that they stole coal from other boats, threw beer cans around, and were regular drug users.Grenfell claimed the police “have a fat file on all the incidents”, but that they are unable to act as the water is not within their jurisdiction. He further stated that the incidents that took place of the towpath were considered by the police to be a “nuisance” and not worthy of investigation.Thames Valley Police have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers overwhelmed by Nuggets

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PreviousDenver Nuggets guard Gary Harris goes for a fast break dunk as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis pursues during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers injured guard LeBron James cheers his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, dunks against Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James, left, talks with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. LeBron James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is fouled as he shoots between Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., left, and center Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, center, defends the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, attempts a layup against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, center, applauds as his team extends their lead against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee scores following a lob pass over Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reach for a rebound against Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, and Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap fall to the ground after a foul by Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley shoots a layup past Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, front, passes under Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis falls into the crowd while chasing a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris goes for a fast break dunk as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis pursues during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Lakers injured guard LeBron James cheers his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Lakers injured guard LeBron James cheers his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Unlike his trademark unibrow, Anthony Davis does his best work in a pair.That’s not to say that the 26-year-old’s 32-point, 11-rebound, four-block game on Sunday night didn’t make him look like a star. But the performance came without a win, which has become the ultimate bottom line in a Lakers (24-6) season with renewed championship aspirations.It was telling that even as Davis checked back in to start the fourth quarter, the visiting Denver Nuggets (20-8) kept on pulling away. In a 128-104 loss — the Lakers’ third straight and the largest margin of defeat this season — it was clear that Davis sorely lacked his running mate, LeBron James.Frank Vogel said it himself before tip-off Sunday: No one player could replace what James does for the Lakers. But what the game itself made clear is that a group of players can’t quite replace him either — a chilling thought with James’ status in question for a Christmas blockbuster against the rival Clippers. Davis was most frustrated with the factor that he felt was most in the Lakers’ control, even without James: defense. He chalked up Denver’s second-half avalanche to his team not bringing enough effort to the table.“We can’t allow slippage on the defensive end,” he said. “The more we do that, the more teams see that and try to attack our weaknesses.”The most effective card in the Lakers’ deck were post-ups to Davis that he made look brilliant, throwing spins and floaters and crossovers from his repertoire to produce points against defenders ill-equipped to keep up. But outside of Davis, the rest of the team shot just 43 percent. No other Lakers starter finished with double-digit points.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Rajon Rondo, who slid into the lineup in James’ place, led with eight assists, but was just 2 for 8. Entering the starting lineup for the first time since his hairline fracture in his leg, Avery Bradley had six points on 2 for 8 shooting.The most compelling Laker outside of Davis was Kyle Kuzma, making his return to the floor for the first time in two weeks. He required 15 shots for his 16 points, but added hustle plays that inspired confidence that his ankle soreness is behind him.The Nuggets led a balanced attack, with six players in double figures. Paul Millsap led with 21 points.The Lakers worried a little that Davis, who has been playing through ankle soreness, might’ve tweaked his right knee. He played through discomfort in the fourth quarter and told reporters after the game he was feeling OK.James did not stay until the final buzzer, exiting the court with a few minutes left in the blowout.“It’s kind of hard just to next-man-up LeBron,” Kuzma said. “He does so much.”center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhen asked what the Lakers missed most with James’ absence, Vogel laughed. Where exactly can you start?“It’s hard to say with something like that,” he said. “All over.”True, the Nuggets are the No. 2 team in the West trailing the Lakers, and they entered the game playing their best basketball of the season while extending a winning streak to six. But the change in tenor from the two teams’ earlier meeting this month — in which Davis played a starring role while fighting through illness — was striking.A two-point game at halftime, the second half slid completely in Denver’s favor with the Nuggets outscoring them 73-51. While James’ scoring was certainly missed, the most irreplaceable element was his ball-handling and playmaking: The Lakers had more turnovers (19) than assists (18).The giveaways allowed the Nuggets to wallop the Lakers in transition, racking up 22 fast-break points. While the game started getting away as Denver took a double-digit lead in the third, Gary Harris announced the rout was on with a transition bucket followed by a three to stretch the margin to 18 in the opening minute of the fourth. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Goya Foods Facing Boycotts after CEO Praises President Trump

first_imgThe hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya started trending on Twitter soon after.  A petition started circulating online to boycott the company.Unanue refuses to apologize for his kind remarks about the president saying the boycott threats amount to a “suppression of speech.”“We were part of a commission called the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative and they called on us to be there to see how we could help opportunities within the economic and educational realm for prosperity among Hispanics and among the United States,” Unanue told “Fox & Friends.”Unanue said that the United States is the second-largest Hispanic country in the world behind Mexico.Politicians and celebrities are boycotting Goya, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the country, after its CEO, Robert Unanue, praised President Donald Trump during an event Thursday at the White House.“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” said Unanue, who is of Spanish descent, at the event. Hispanic-food company Goya is facing a possible boycott after its CEO praised President Trump Thursday.Robert Unanue said the nation’s blessed to have a leader like President Trump and that he reminds him of his grandfather who founded Goya foods back in the 1930’s.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Goya-boycott.mp3last_img read more

Watch: Just 27 brilliant minutes were enough to earn Real Madrid player Takefusa Kubo…

first_imgAdvertisement 3mwhlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8lhbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebe40y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pyWould you ever consider trying this?😱wzg9Can your students do this? 🌚1awthgRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid’s new recruit Takefusa Kubo was loaned out to RCD Mallorca before the transfer window closed so that the youngster could get some gametime and compete for a place in the Madrid squad.Advertisement In Kubo’s Mallorca debut, the pacey forward came on with 27 minutes left and dazzled. He earned Mallorca a penalty which another player failed to convert.Advertisement Kubo was extraordinary with the ball at his feet and proved to be a constant threat for Athletico Bilbao,The 18 year old received the Man of The Match award at the end of the game, Incredible feat for a youngster who has released by Barcelona a few weeks ago.Advertisement Catch the highlights of Kubo here : Advertisementlast_img read more

Trump accuses Comey of cowardice over leaks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Sunday accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.last_img read more