Oxford announces demolition of Tinbergen Building

first_imgThe Tinbergen building, which currently houses the departments of Zoology and Experimental Psychology, is to be demolished, Oxford University has announced. The facility will be replaced by a new life sciences centre for the Departments of Plant Sciences, Experimental Psychology and Zoology.The presently empty Tinbergen building had to be evacuated in February 2017 after the discovery of asbestos that could not be disposed of while the building was still in use, causing some disruption to students and staff. The departments were subsequently moved into temporary accommodation.The building is set to be destroyed after current work to remove asbestos is completed. Construction work will then begin for the new centre, and is expected to continue into 2022.Although the centre is unlikely to open in time for some students to use the new facilities, many have been positive about the plans.One Biological Sciences student said: “I think it will improve biology because at the moment our buildings aren’t that modern so it will be nice to have a modern one.”Staff have also expressed excitement at the prospect of new facilities.The Head of the Department for Plant Sciences, George Ratcliffe, said in a recent department newsletter that “there would be clear benefits in bringing two organismal biology Departments under the same roof”.However, the announced destruction of the Tinbergen building, regarded in Oxford as a brutalist landmark, has drawn concern from the Oxford Brutalist Society, who say they are “devastated at the university decision to destroy the Tinbergen building” and expressed concern that “concrete masterpieces are continually knocked down with no regard to their architectural significance”.Oxford City Council is in consultation regarding the plans for the new building, and Oxford residents are to have an opportunity to comment on the issue in 2019.The University has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band

first_imgBootsy Collins is one of the more colorful personalities in the history of funk. Collins is known for his star-shaped sunglasses (and bass) and glittery stage outfits, in addition to playing in bands like Parliament-Funkadelic and alongside George Clinton. Some fans, however, may not know that Bootsy and his brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins, were once hired by James Brown to be his new backing back beginning in 1970. The professional relationship lasted for less than a year, although part of Collins’ departure was more about the wonders of psychedelic drugs than the actual music itself.In a 2017 interview with British publication The Guardian, Collins explained that LSD, the same driving force behind some of the early evolution of the Grateful Dead, caused some friction between the funk bassist and the “Godfather of Soul.”“LSD was a big part of why I left James Brown’s band,” Collins admits. “I promised myself I’d never do it during a show, but we had a father-son relationship, and he pestered me so much not to do it that one day I just did. My bass turned into a snake and I can’t even remember playing. After, he called me in the back room, as he always did, and was explaining how terrible I was – even when I wasn’t taking LSD. I laughed so hard I was on the floor. To him, that was very disrespectful. He had his bodyguard throw me out.”Related: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Join Red Hot Chili Peppers In BrisbaneCollins also went on to share some of the wild stories from his years in Parliament-Funkadelic, adding, “My time in Funkadelic was about creativity. I was 21 and there were no rules. The best time was when we crossed the border to Canada in cars filled with smoke – George [Clinton] had rented a big place on a lake and there were about 20 of us and we recorded ‘America Eats Its Young.’”[H/T – The Guardian]last_img read more

Colombian National Army provides health care to more than 800 people in La Gloria

first_imgLa Gloria is located in the southwestern portion of Cesar, near the Eastern mountain range and the Magdalena Medio valley. Economic and production development in the municipality of La Gloria is based on farming and fishing. “This type of service allows our soldiers to look after the well-being of the civilian population, especially those who one way or another have been affected by the armed conflict in that area,” said the commander of the Tenth Armored Brigade, Brigadier General Adelmo Fajardo Hernández. “It is our responsibility to guarantee the safety and tranquility of the Colombian people, but we have a commitment to society to find ways to improve the welfare of the least fortunate members of the population.” While military physician treated patients, soldiers with the Special Psychological Operations Group (GEOS) from the Tenth Armored Brigade entertained children from the area. Soldiers dressed as clowns, set up moon bounces for children, and provided snacks and the styling of various Vallenato music groups. While military physician treated patients, soldiers with the Special Psychological Operations Group (GEOS) from the Tenth Armored Brigade entertained children from the area. Soldiers dressed as clowns, set up moon bounces for children, and provided snacks and the styling of various Vallenato music groups. The Colombian National Army is charged with protecting the country’s civilian population, and it recently extended that role into health care provision by providing medical treatment in the municipality of La Gloria, in the Department of Cesar. This wasn’t the first time GEOS troops worked to provide health care to the civilian population. At the end of September, they supported other Colombian government agencies and an NGO to provide medical care to more than 1,000 people in the Department of Putumayo. At that event, GEOS soldiers also entertained area children. And in early October, GEOS troops and soldiers from the Eleventh Brigade sponsored the recreational event “Get to Know Your Army,” which was attended by more than 60 children at the El Amparo Comprehensive Development Center. That facility is run by the Bendecir Foundation in the neighborhood of Santander, located in the city of Montería, Córdoba. These integration events promoted activities that strengthen the social fabric of the communities in Montería. Members of the Bendecir Foundation supported the event to help youth learn about the National Army. By forging ties with children, Army soldiers can help encourage them to reject recruitment efforts by the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Military physicians – including general practitioners, pediatricians, optometrists, odontologist, and gynecologists – provided their services to more than 800 civilians, including children and the elderly on September 30. They were joined by soldiers from the Third Special Energy and Roadways Battalion, Tenth Armored Brigade, National Army First Division, who provided haircuts and delousing by physicians in the battalion’s reserve units. “Without a doubt, these activities are part of a program to prevent crime and protect families,” said Jaime Libreros, a security analyst at the External University of Colombia. “The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia not only have not stopped illegal recruitment efforts, especially the recruitment of children, but they have increased their recruiting capabilities. The Army’s presence plays a critical role, because it dissuades recruitment and has managed to control some sites that historically have been vital to FARC’s recruitment plans.” The presence of the Army in neighborhoods where the FARC and the ELN operates helps improve public safety in those regions and reduces the chances that these outlaw groups will terrorize civilians. “The ability to intimidate society has a huge effect. So the security forces’ efforts to secure this area are essential.” By Dialogo October 22, 2014 The Colombian National Army is charged with protecting the country’s civilian population, and it recently extended that role into health care provision by providing medical treatment in the municipality of La Gloria, in the Department of Cesar. Military physicians – including general practitioners, pediatricians, optometrists, odontologist, and gynecologists – provided their services to more than 800 civilians, including children and the elderly on September 30. They were joined by soldiers from the Third Special Energy and Roadways Battalion, Tenth Armored Brigade, National Army First Division, who provided haircuts and delousing by physicians in the battalion’s reserve units. GEOS entertains children “This type of service allows our soldiers to look after the well-being of the civilian population, especially those who one way or another have been affected by the armed conflict in that area,” said the commander of the Tenth Armored Brigade, Brigadier General Adelmo Fajardo Hernández. “It is our responsibility to guarantee the safety and tranquility of the Colombian people, but we have a commitment to society to find ways to improve the welfare of the least fortunate members of the population.” This wasn’t the first time GEOS troops worked to provide health care to the civilian population. At the end of September, they supported other Colombian government agencies and an NGO to provide medical care to more than 1,000 people in the Department of Putumayo. At that event, GEOS soldiers also entertained area children. And in early October, GEOS troops and soldiers from the Eleventh Brigade sponsored the recreational event “Get to Know Your Army,” which was attended by more than 60 children at the El Amparo Comprehensive Development Center. That facility is run by the Bendecir Foundation in the neighborhood of Santander, located in the city of Montería, Córdoba. These integration events promoted activities that strengthen the social fabric of the communities in Montería. Members of the Bendecir Foundation supported the event to help youth learn about the National Army. By forging ties with children, Army soldiers can help encourage them to reject recruitment efforts by the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN). GEOS entertains children La Gloria is located in the southwestern portion of Cesar, near the Eastern mountain range and the Magdalena Medio valley. Economic and production development in the municipality of La Gloria is based on farming and fishing. “Without a doubt, these activities are part of a program to prevent crime and protect families,” said Jaime Libreros, a security analyst at the External University of Colombia. “The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia not only have not stopped illegal recruitment efforts, especially the recruitment of children, but they have increased their recruiting capabilities. The Army’s presence plays a critical role, because it dissuades recruitment and has managed to control some sites that historically have been vital to FARC’s recruitment plans.” The presence of the Army in neighborhoods where the FARC and the ELN operates helps improve public safety in those regions and reduces the chances that these outlaw groups will terrorize civilians. “The ability to intimidate society has a huge effect. So the security forces’ efforts to secure this area are essential.”last_img read more

Teekay Extends Petrojarl Banff FPSO Employment for One Year

first_imgBermuda-based shipping group Teekay Corporation has entered into an agreement to extend the employment of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO unit in the North Sea for a period of one year.Under the deal with a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), the FPSO unit will continue working on the Banff field until the end of August 2020.The company said that the contract was agreed at substantially similar terms to the current deal, which includes an upside component linked to oil prices and oil/gas production.“We are pleased to announce this important FPSO contract extension for the Petrojarl Banff, which extends the production of the fields in the North Sea, and we are committed to work together with CNR to maximize production in the future,” Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Lakers agree to acquire Anthony Davis in blockbuster trade

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The Lakers are coming off a disappointing season themselves, winning just 37 games and failing to make the playoffs. For James, it was the first time since 2005 he missed the postseason, fueling criticism of the Lakers’ roster construction last summer and adding sting to the bevy of injuries the team suffered.The connection between James, 34, and Davis has been hotly discussed since September when Davis hired Rich Paul, James’ agent and close friend. James added juice to the subplot when he told ESPN in November it would be “amazing” and “incredible” if he could play with Davis. James raised eyebrows and fanned flames when he selected Davis to his All-Star squad on Feb. 7, the day of the trade deadline when talks had fizzled.The cost of Davis and trying to win next season was trading in the future: Between Ingram, Ball and the No. 4 pick this year, the Lakers surrendered three former or future lottery picks. Ingram and Ball were once considered the nucleus of the Lakers’ future, and team’s previous attempts to pry them away in trade talks (most notably Kawhi Leonard) had fallen flat. Both ended this season with injuries but showed improvement – particularly Ingram, who played his best stretch of basketball after the All-Star break before being sidelined by a blood clot that required surgery. In two seasons with the Lakers, Josh Hart had also cultivated esteem as a rotation player in the lineup, despite struggling with a knee injury for much of this past year.The one member of the team’s so-called “young core” the Lakers retained was Kyle Kuzma, who became a starter in his second season (18.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and vastly outplayed his end-of-the-first-round draft slot when he entered the league in 2017. Kuzma also has the most salary-cap friendly contract of the four players, due to make just under $2 million next season.The Lakers’ most visible competition for Davis was the Boston Celtics. ESPN reported that the Lakers’ longtime East Coast rivals essentially withdrew themselves from the running once it was clear they didn’t want to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal.The cutthroat Western Conference could be in for a dramatic shakeup this offseason: Golden State, the class of the West for five seasons running, suffered significant injuries to stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson during its six-game loss to Toronto in the Finals. With lengthy recovery timelines and Durant’s pending free agency, the Warriors’ dynasty might be as vulnerable as ever, and a star-laden Lakers team could be well-poised to leap into contention with a strong offseason haul once free agency starts June 30.For the Lakers, the deal could not come at a better time: The franchise has been roiled in drama since the season ended April 9, headlined by Johnson’s dramatic resignation. A tortured coaching search, in which the team eventually selected Frank Vogel, and Johnson’s public accusations of Pelinka’s “backstabbing” have hurt the perception of the Lakers’ stability, which Pelinka and Vogel have vigorously defended.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe trade has been discussed since January, when Davis publicly announced his desire to be traded from the only pro franchise he’s ever known. While talks fell flat at the February trade deadline, they reheated in the past few weeks as new power brokers took over for the respective teams.It’s one of the biggest trades the Lakers have ever made and one that is certain to define the controversial tenure of General Manager Rob Pelinka, who took over basketball operations in April after team president Magic Johnson resigned. It fulfills the organization’s vision of pairing two All-NBA superstars on the same roster – a vision it has touted since Pelinka entered the team’s front office in 2017.It’s also a bold start to new Pelicans executive David Griffin’s tenure: The unabashed flirtations between Davis and the Lakers touched a nerve for many New Orleans fans, which isn’t likely to quickly heal despite the package the team received back. The Pelicans now hold the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming draft, though ESPN reported Griffin was already seeking a trade for the Lakers’ pick.Since being drafted first overall in 2012, Davis has largely lived up to the expectations that have rested upon his 6-foot-10 frame. He’s become one of the league’s surest double-double men and a scorer from all levels (25.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg) and his defensive prowess has helped make him a six-time All-Star and the third-place candidate for league MVP last season.There’s one area in which he’s been short: winning. Davis has made the postseason just twice in seven seasons in New Orleans, and he won his first playoff series, a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018. After seemingly endless drama, wary negotiations and a season that ended in turmoil, the Lakers have pulled off the mega-deal that’s been talked about for months.Though later than they might have liked, the A.D. Era has begun in Los Angeles.The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to ship off star forward Anthony Davis, a six-time All-Star, to the Lakers for a hefty price: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. A source close to the team confirmed the deal, first reported by ESPN, to the Southern California News Group. The trade cannot be officially completed until July, when teams can begin operating under next season’s salary cap.While the risk is considerable – the Lakers are betting Davis will choose to stay in Los Angeles when his contract expires in 2020 – the reward might just be worth it. In what NBA observers have dubbed as perhaps the most significant trade for a star in his prime since the Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 45 years ago, getting Davis for the next year alongside LeBron James forms the foundation of what the Lakers hope is a team that can return to championship-level contention after six consecutive seasons out of the playoffs. The Lakers still have ample room this summer to chase free agents to fill out their roster, but the sequence of the trade will affect how much space under the salary cap they’ll have. Davis has a $4 million trade kicker that he can choose to waive. The timing of the deal is also essential: If the Lakers can convince the Pelicans to wait until July 30 to complete the trade, the No. 4 pick will count as salary in the deal, and the Lakers could clear as much as $32.4 million under their salary cap – just enough to sign a third max free agent.The New York Times reported the Lakers were expected to target All-Star guard Kemba Walker in free agency should they clear a max slot. The Lakers themselves have also emphasized that they will be looking for shooting during free agency.last_img read more