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first_img300 fans of J.R.R. Tolkien will meet in Oxford this weekend to celebrate the renowned author’s life and writings.The event, celebrating the former Oxford student and academic, is taking place at St Antony’s College, and began yesterday. It will finish on Sunday.The news that the weekend-long event has already sold out reflects the increasing popularity of Tolkien’s works, and coincides with the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition at the Bodleian Library.It also follows last month’s publication of The Fall of Gondolin, originally written by Tolkien in 1917.The annual event, known as ‘Oxonmoot’, is being hosted by The Tolkien Society, an educational charity and literary society aimed at promoting the life and works of Tolkien. On the recommendation of his family, Tolkien remains the Honorary President of the society, which has over 1,600 members and regularly hosts events across the country.During the weekend, Tolkien fans will be able to participate in quizzes, workshops, a Hobbit bake-off, and a visit to the exhibition at the Bodleian Library. There will also be talks from leading Tolkien scholars, including writer John Garth.The weekend will conclude with a ceremony of remembrance at the grave of Tolkien, located in Wolvercote Cemetery in North Oxford.Shaun Gunner, Chair of The Tolkien Society, said: “This is the largest ever Oxonmoot, and this is testament to the growing popularity of Tolkien and his works, and ever-increasing numbers shows that people want to share their passion for Tolkien with others.“Oxonmoot has been going for over 40 years and provides an excellent opportunity for hundreds of fans from around the world to come together for a weekend of fun and fellowship in Oxford, a location so important to Tolkien.”He added: “Oxonmoot always takes place in September to coincide with the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo, but this year we have a record number of attendees coming to St Antony’s College to enjoy the longest-running Tolkien event in the world.”last_img read more

first_imgDBS has been made aware that a number of people have been targeted by fraudsters asking them to pay upfront for DBS certificates that never materialised.Dr Sue Smith, Director of Safeguarding at DBS said: The DBS issue around 4.3 million certificates every year. The type of role you apply for will determine the level of DBS check you are eligible to have carried out. The following details the checks available: Basic check: This is suitable for any role. The certificate will show any unspent convictions and conditional cautions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Standard check: This is suitable for certain trusted roles such as security guards. The certificate shows both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer Enhanced check: These certificates show the same information as the Standard but with the addition of further relevant information from the Police. Enhanced with barred list check: This shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role. This sort of scam can be really distressing to those involved and we are keen to do all we can to prevent it. We will be working closely with colleagues in SAFER Jobs to raise awareness of the issue and advising people where to go for more support. Recruitment fraud takes many guises including paying for background checks, identity theft, premium rate phone interview scams, and even human trafficking and modern slavery.The public can fall for fake jobs advertised online or they can even be ‘head-hunted’ by criminals finding their profiles or CVs online. We are proud of the impact we have had so far but there is still so much more to do to prevent job seekers from falling victim to fraudsters.It is great to be working with the DBS to help raise awareness of the issue and help reduce the number of people falling victim to this crime. For a standard or enhanced check the person needs to get an application form from the employer who asked them for a DBS check. This would then be submitted to the DBS by an organisation registered to do so.The certificate would then be issued to the individual and it would be up to them to share the information with the potential employer.An individual can request a basic check without using an employer, using the DBS online application route.Dr Smith added: If anyone is concerned that they are being asked unnecessarily for a DBS check or that the person requesting a check may not be a legitimate organisation, especially if they are asking for money, then they should get in touch with us or SAFER Jobs to discuss their concerns. It is also worth remembering that if you are applying for a volunteer position we process you application for free. SAFER Jobs is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job.Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFER Jobs, said: For more information or to raise a concern visit www.safer-jobs.com, alternatively you can contact DBS by email [email protected] or call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 (or 03000 200 191, for Welsh speakers).last_img read more

first_imgAlso included are wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (83 throw power), who played quarterback for a brief time in the NFL; strong safety Jameill Showers (80 throw power), who was a quarterback in college; wide receiver Braxton Miller (74 throw power), who played QB at Ohio State, and oddly enough, tight end Hayden Hurst.What makes Hurst interesting is that he has 73 throw power — with accuracy ratings of 15, 10 and 6. This is because Hurst didn’t play quarterback at any point, but was a highly scouted pitcher who wound up being drafted by the Pirates. He could throw up to 90 mph as a high school freshman.Just goes to show the people behind the Madden ratings put a lot of research into their work. The player ratings for “Madden NFL 20” are here, as EA Sports released its entire database ahead of the game’s Aug. 2 release date.We looked beyond the top overall players to find some interesting notes buried deep within the player ratings system. It’s worth noting these are just the launch ratings for the game. Every week, EA Sports will update the ratings based on player performance to account for breakout stars, such as Patrick Mahomes last season. We’ll go through and explain all of them.Matt HaackThe Dolphins punter played wide receiver growing up. He earned first-team all-state honors playing receiver in high school and made the change to punter essentially when he went to college.Mitch WishnowskyThe 49ers punter ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a punter at Utah, he showed off his ability to run a few times.Jake BaileySimilar to Wishnowsky, Patriots punter Bailey has shown off his wheels on fake punts in the past.IT’S FAKE PUNT SZN!!!! JAKE BAILEY GOT SOME SPEED! 😤 #PATRIOTSpic.twitter.com/plBXGBcxCD— #34 (@ftbeard_17) April 27, 2019The offensive lineman who can play receiverIf you filter out the positions that would have obvious receiving skills (WR, HB, CB, S, LB, etc.), you get some interesting results on out-of-position players with surprising hands. A few of them are explainable. For instance, J.J. Watt (LE) has 78 catching since he has played on offense a few times and has intercepted passes.Ryan Tannehill (who played wide receiver briefly in college) has 76 catching. Joe Webb, a listed quarterback who has experience playing receiver, is at 72.But the shocking player here is Seahawks right tackle George Fant.He has 70 catching, 66 catch in traffic and 68 spectacular catch. Not bad for an offensive lineman.So where does this come from? How can a 322-pound lineman be such a great receiver? Because last season, he showed off his hands in a game against the Vikings.🚨 GEORGE FANT CATCH & RUN 🚨 pic.twitter.com/DfpJgBjYkt— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 11, 2018The surprising thing here, though, is he’s just four catching ratings lower than the wide receiver with the worst catching rating: Isaac Whitney. And fun fact for that, Whitney’s catching is so low because he’s a converted cornerback.The best non-QBs who can play QBThis is somewhat of a misleading title, because a lot of the non-QBs in Madden actually played quarterback at some point in their career.Lions tight end Logan Thomas, for example, has the best overall ratings among the non-QBs. He played quarterback at Virginia Tech, which explains his decent ratings. He could actually swap positions and be an interesting option at quarterback with his speed ratings. But for the most part, these ratings provide an important base for the remainder of the season.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsMost of the ratings make a lot of sense. Tyreek Hill is fast, so he gets 99 speed (the fastest player in the game). Orlando Brown ran the fifth-slowest 40-yard dash ever at the NFL Combine, so he gets the slowest speed (50). But some of the ratings may make you question a few things.We spotted five of those ratings, and will explain all of them below.Odell Beckham Jr. the kickerOdell Beckham, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver, has the second-highest kick power (75) out of all non-kickers. He even has a solid kick accuracy (53), which would make him somewhat useful at the kicker position. Obviously he’s much better as a receiver, but if you want to have some fun you could turn him in to a decent kicker.His ratings are so high in these categories because he actually has shown off his kicking skills in the past. 🙌Another impressive pregame field goal from @obj: pic.twitter.com/BQBe5Gvshw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 25, 2018If that didn’t impress you, here he is making a 46-yard kick.We mentioned OBJ was the second-highest non-kicker/punter in the kick power category, so let’s explain the first: linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. He actually has 85 kick power, which is just two points below an actual punter (Kasey Redfern) and just five points below a kicker (Sam Ficken). So what’s the story here? Grugier-Hill played soccer in high school, where he was an all-conference and second-team all-state punter in high school in Hawaii. In 2017, when Eagles kicker Jake Elliott had to leave a game because of a concussion, the linebacker stepped up and took over kicking duties.Zach Wood: The worst player at 36 overallZach Wood is listed as the Saints’ tight end in Madden, but not that’s not his role in real life. Wood is a long snapper, and unfortunately for this unique position, Madden doesn’t really have a way of rating it. As there’s no snapping category, there’s no official long snapper position. Most of the time, the person snapping the ball in the game is actually an offensive lineman.Seven players are ranked 40 overall or less, and they’re all listed as tight ends (but are actually long snappers). One of those long snappers, Patrick Scales, plays for the Bears — and he couldn’t believe his rating when read aloud to [email protected]’s got our #Madden20 ratings and he’s revealing them to some very interested teammates.PS – @EAMaddenNFL rating adjustor… @The_Dream99 is 👀 for ya. pic.twitter.com/oBa98G6w3t— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 15, 2019Please respect the long snapper, Madden.MADDEN: NFL players upset with ratings: ‘Put some respeck on my name’These punters have some serious speedDolphins punter Matt Haack is the fastest kicker/punter in the game with 85 speed, 86 acceleration and 61 agility. Saying he could play running back is a bit of a stretch since he has just 24 elusiveness and 18 trucking, but the point is he’s really fast. And the surprising part is that he’s not the only one.Let’s take a look at some of the punters and kickers with decent speed. 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first_imgIn the 23rd minute, Edin Dzeko scored in the match against Estonians for the score 2: 0, and made a nice gesture after the goal.Captain of the national team of BiH, who recently gave an interview in sign language for deaf-mute people, promised a surprise for all fans of our country with difficulties in speech and hearing.Dzeko celebrated his 47th goal in the jersey of Dragons by sending a message to deaf-mute people that he loves them.Take a look at the video.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)last_img

first_imgShahid Afridi has apologised to his countrymen after Pakistan’s shambolic performance in the ICC World Twenty20. The team got off to a great start against Bangladesh in their opening encounter at the Eden Gardens but lost their next three matches to arch-rivals India, New Zealand and Australia. In a video posted online yesterday, Afridi said he owed an apology to the nation after the team failed to deliver “Today, I would like to apologise to the whole nation for not performing to the standards of what was expected from us,” Afridi said.”I just want to tell you all that I have represented this green colour for 20 years, and whenever I stepped into the field, I carried the emotions of the people of this country with me,” he added. (Waqar Younis offers to quit as Pakistan coach )Pakistan coach Waqar Younis had yesterday slammed the players and held them responsible for their poor show. Moreover, in his report submitted to PCB’s fact-finding committee, Waqar laid the blame for the sloppy campaign solely on the players.According to a report in Pakistan daily, The Express Tribune, Afridi declined to appear before the fact-finding team constituted by PCB to find out the reason behind Pakistan’s poor form in recent tournaments.”What will happen tomorrow or what people are saying, I swear to God, I don’t care about it because I’m answerable to you all,” Afridi was quoted as saying.Afridi had also created a stir back home when he said that his team was loved more by Indian fans than Pakistani fans. Former skipper Javed Miandad had lashed out at Afridi and said he should be ashamed of himself for making these comments. The flamboyant all-rounder also came under fire from the BCCI for mentioning Kashmir before the start of the game against New Zealand.advertisementlast_img read more