Let the trashings begin

first_imgAs the first batch of finalists finished their exams on Tuesday, University officials renewed efforts to regulate Oxford’s tradition of ‘trashing’.As the first batch of finalists finished their exams on Tuesday,University officials renewed efforts to regulate Oxford’s traditionof ‘trashing’.When the finalists emerged, they were cheered by manystudents lined up with banners, balloons, confetti, and champagne.One student told a reporter, “Our theme for the trashingof my friend was Royal Cream Tea. We trashed him withCava, scotch eggs, whipped cream, jam and scones.”Another undergraduate said, “people hide their things onside streets and drag friends down there to trash them. Lastyear my friend was pulled down a side street and tied to a treeand had things like old milk and liver thrown at her.”In an email sent out by the Proctors to all students, it wassaid that, “safety and public order are our core concerns. Wetherefore need your help in keeping people safe, and stampingout the abuse of all foodstuffs. No flour, no eggs, no beans,ketchup, let alone rotting food or worse. Rotting food, vomit,broken glass and other items causing litter are simply notwhat any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentiallydangerous. The Proctors will not hesitate to take disciplinaryaction against those who break them.” Proctors and securityat the scene were collecting bags full of confiscated trashingproducts before students even came out.However, many described Tuesday’s trashings as tame, believingthat they would get worse as the exam season went on.Guidance on the Oxford University web site says that anyonewho breaks the trashings code could be fined a minimum of£80 By the University, the City, or the Police. The Proctors ortheir officers can also give students a fine on the spot.When the finalists emerged, they were cheered by many students lined up with banners, balloons, confetti, and champagne.One student told a reporter, “Our theme for the trashingof my friend was Royal Cream Tea. We trashed him with Cava, scotch eggs, whipped cream, jam and scones.”Another undergraduate said, “people hide their things onside streets and drag friends down there to trash them. Last year my friend was pulled down a side street and tied to a tree and had things like old milk and liver thrown at her.”In an email sent out by the Proctors to all students, it was said that, “safety and public order are our core concerns. We therefore need your help in keeping people safe, and stamping out the abuse of all foodstuffs.‘No flour, no eggs, no beans, ketchup, let alone rotting food or worse. Rotting food, vomit, broken glass and other items causing litter are simply not what any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentially dangerous. The Proctors will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against those who break them.”Proctors and security at the scene were collecting bags full of confiscated trashing products before students even came out. However, many described Tuesday’s trashings as tame, believing that they would get worse as the exam season went on.Guidance on the Oxford University web site says that anyonewho breaks the trashings code could be fined a minimum of £80 By the University, the City, or the Police. The Proctors or their officers can also give students a fine on the spot.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig returns to Dodgers trailing the usual cloud of trade speculation

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “No, I don’t listen to that anymore,” he said Saturday of trade speculation. “The first couple years, yes, because I like to play with this team. I like to hang out with my teammates here. Now the last couple years, I’m a better teammate and have more communication with my teammates and manager and coaches. Now I don’t worry about that.“This is baseball. You come here, you get your start here with the Los Angeles Dodgers but you could finish with the Los Angeles Dodgers or another team. The reason I came to the United States was to play baseball. I’m going to do my best here and God only knows where you’re going to finish.”In Spanish, Puig called the recent acquisition of Manny Machado “a great trade” and said he wanted to “thank everyone involved in bringing Manny Machado here.”Ironically, those same people might be working to send Puig elsewhere.Related Articles ATLANTA – It’s complicated.The Dodgers’ relationship to Yasiel Puig always has been. It remains so as Puig returned from the DL Saturday night and rejoined the Dodgers’ lineup after missing nearly three weeks with an injured oblique muscle in his right side. Alex Verdugo went 5 for 16 with a home run, a double, three walks and four runs scored in five games and is considered “a big-league ballplayer” by the Dodgers, Manager Dave Roberts said. But he went back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday to make room for Puig.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.With the non-waiver trade deadline just a couple days away, the Dodgers’ willingness to trade their most volatile asset is once again an open secret. The potential to package Puig with a prospect as a way to acquire bullpen help and stay under the luxury-tax threshold at the same time – or in separate moves – adds a new element to the rumors this year.Puig says he’s heard it all before. What once bothered him – the prospect of playing somewhere other than Los Angeles – does not seem to carry the same menace for him as it once did. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Adopting a mentality that ignores all of that is not easy, Puig acknowledged.“No. But you can’t do anything about that,” he said. “The only thing you can do is keep working hard every day, play the game right and show the people what you can do on this team or on a different team. … If a trade comes true, you need to go there and show the new team and the new city.”What Puig needs to show in the present, Roberts said, is an ability to maintain his focus on a consistent basis — the same challenge that has frustrated the Dodgers for six seasons now.“I think with Yasiel it’s competing,” Roberts said. “Before he hurt himself, he was playing good baseball. I think the defense over the last five weeks, six weeks had ticked up and in the batter’s box the compete every pitch is very important for Yasiel. You can see what we’ve been doing offensively it’s been 1 through 8, a professional at-bat, grinding mentality. I expect Yasiel to do a lot of the same thing.”Defensively, Roberts said he will speak to Puig about maintaining a respect for the fundamentals. During the series in Anaheim when Puig was injured, he was guilty of some lapses.“That’s my job, our job as coaches, to continue to remind players how important it is to hit the cutoff man, throw to the right base, not give up outs on the bases,” Roberts said. “He’ll be reminded of that.”The fact that the Dodgers won 10 of 15 games without Puig and moved into first place in the National League West is another reminder.“I don’t want to speak for Yasiel. But I’m going to,” Roberts said. “Going on the DL, he was playing good baseball. He never wants nor does any player want to go on the DL. But I think it’s a positive thing to always see that the team, the operation continues to move on without anyone. No one player is greater than the whole sum. I think that’s healthy for everyone to see.“The game keeps going. It’s also good when you keep winning too. We have a lot of good players. It speaks to competition, doing things the right way.”ALSOLeft-hander Adam Liberatore returned to action with Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday after missing six weeks with an injured rib muscle. Liberatore also had problems with an ankle injury earlier in the year.“He’s in the mix,” Roberts said. “But he’s gotta show he can stay healthy. When we’ve called on him, he’s been banged up the last couple years.”UP NEXTDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (8-2, 2.43 ERA) at Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (9-5, 3.41 ERA), Sunday, 11:35 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies For most of his time with the Dodgers, Puig has been a relative bargain with his salary topping out at $7.5 million this season. He is eligible for arbitration this winter and might be pricing out of the Dodgers’ plans, particularly with Verdugo on the rise. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Stoke make £20m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino

first_img1 Saido Berahino in action for West Brom Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed the club have made a move for Saido Berahino.The Potters are in the market for a new striker and are understood to have tabled an offer worth £20m for the West Brom man.The Baggies have yet to respond to the bid, but Hughes is hopeful of getting a deal done for the 22-year-old.Speaking on Tuesday, he said of Stoke’s interest in Berahino. “We’ve put bids in. As we stand, those haven’t been accepted yet, but we are still hopeful on that one.”Berahino has a strained relationship with West Brom and vowed never to play for chairman Jeremy Peace again after a move to Tottenham was blocked last summer.He later apologised to the club’s supporters for his actions and went on to play 32 times in all competitions under Tony Pulis last season, scoring seven goals.But he is looking likely to move on this summer having recently turned down the offer of a new contract with West Brom and with just one year left on his current deal.last_img read more