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

Campbell backs Arsenal to challenge

first_imgFormer defender Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can become genuine challengers once again next season if they buy a couple more players who can “frighten” the opposition. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in superb form before his thigh injury on Boxing Day, marked his return to fitness with a goal in the 3-0 win at Hull, when German playmaker Mesut Ozil was also fit again following six weeks out because of a hamstring tear. With England forward Theo Walcott set to miss the World Cup with the serious knee injury and Jack Wilshere also currently on the way back from a fractured foot, Arsenal have certainly seen their squad stretched. Campbell – a bedrock of the Invincibles championship side from 2003/2004 – believes with a few more high-calibre players for manager Arsene Wenger to pick from, there is no reason why his old team cannot last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race once again, having faded badly since the turn of the year after going out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. “You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability,” said Campbell, speaking at an Independent Arsenal Supporters’ Association question-and-answer session to help promote his new book, Sol Campbell – The Authorised Biography. “It will turn, but you need that cutting edge in your side. The board might have to put their head on the block and go for it and do not be scared. “If you spend money on a player and it does not work, you have to go again. “Yes you can get players through scouting around the world, but ultimately these players are ready made and you have got to play top dollar to get them in. “Arsenal need some more players who are ready-made and world-class. With everyone fit, I think they need another three players.” Campbell added: “Injuries have not helped Arsenal this season. Who knows, if Aaron Ramsey was fit, Theo Walcott did not get injured and Jack Wilshere played more regularly, you never know. “They could be in a situation like Liverpool, who have not had many injuries.” Arsenal will tackle Hull at Wembley in the FA Cup final on May 17 looking to finally end a near decade trophy drought. Wenger insists his men – who before then are aiming to secure a top-four finish, with Newcastle coming to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night – will be fully focused. Campbell knows from first-hand experience the dangers of taking anything for granted in the world’s oldest knockout competition, having been part of the 2008 Portsmouth side which beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and went on to lift the trophy. “In the quarter-finals we played against Manchester United, they were confident, but in the FA Cup you never know. We were not expected to win anything that season at Portsmouth,” he said. “Hopefully Arsenal can heed that and realise that you have to earn it. “Do not think ‘here is the FA Cup’. Hull will have a different game, so hopefully Arsenal will understand that.” Campbell played more than 200 games for Arsenal over two spells at the north London club, having first joined in a controversial switch from Spurs in 2001, and won 73 caps for England at two World Cups before he finally retired from playing in May 2012 The 39-year-old maintains he is keen to one day return to football, but only at the right time. He added: “I know I have to do the (coaching) badges. I know I am not ready now, but I know I am going to have to do it. “I am very tactical and like breaking teams down in my head, like a chess board. I love characters as well. “Football is a beautiful game. I have had a fantastic time playing. “As a manager, if I really go for it and am really committed, I will really go for it. “I want to win everything I did not win as a player. I want to be ready. “Sometimes I think players go from having a long career, straight into management and they are burned out. “It is full on and maybe I am not ready for that yet. I know that, when I am ready, I have got everything in place. “If I have to go abroad to start things, I will do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sanctions on Iran loom with uranium report today

first_imgVIENNA, Austria – Iran’s chief nuclear envoy said Tuesday his country wants to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program, on the eve of a U.N. Security Council deadline that carries the threat of harsher sanctions. But the country’s hard-line president said Iran will halt enrichment only if Western nations do the same. Sanctions could be triggered by a report from Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, to his agency’s 35 board-member nations, expected today. That report is expected to say Iran has expanded enrichment activities instead of freezing them. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking to a crowd of thousands in Iran, said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program, but only if Western nations do the same – something the United States and others with similar programs are unlikely to even consider. “Justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shut down their nuclear fuel cycle program too,” he said. “Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The White House dismissed Ahmadinejad’s call. “Do you believe that’s a serious offer?” White House press secretary Tony Snow asked. “It’s pretty clear that the international community has said to the Iranians, `You can have nuclear power but we don’t want you to have the ability to build nuclear weapons.’ And that is an offer we continue to make.” Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad’s speech was unusually conciliatory, avoiding fiery denunciations of the West. Iran’s call for talks – voiced separately on Tuesday by Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and senior nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani – suggested an attempt to convey flexibility on the eve of the deadline. Mottaki, in Turkey, said talks on the nuclear dispute should try to achieve an agreement allowing “Iran to achieve its rights” while eliminating “concerns” about its nuclear ambitions.last_img