New humanities building project underway as architect selected

first_imgThe Humanities Division hopes this complex will provide much-needed room for growth, citing a 25% increase in doctoral student numbers since 2000-01 and more than twice as many postdocs and researchers. The Division seeks to promote interdisciplinary research while offering a hub for student work exhibitions. The new library will be part of the Bodleian, featuring a range of study spaces informed by the Bodleian’s 21st Century Library report. The area, which will occupy 2,100 sqm, is comparable to the Taylorian. Noise and Traffic contributions are expected to be minimal. Dialogue with the Oxford City Council and consultations with neighbours are planned, if not already underway. Following a £150 million investment from the Blackstone Group CEO, the new centre will cover 23000 square metres and merge 6 faculty libraries: English, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Music, History of Medicine and Film. It has been described by Sir Phillip Pullman as a “proper centre for the study and celebration of the humanities” The Project Board has also assured stakeholders that they will be regularly informed, including Student Organisations such as the Student Union and Drama Society. In an email to students, Head of Major Capital Projects Karen Brill announced the imminent revelation of the firm tasked with the development of the Stephen A Schwarzman Centre for Humanities, due to complete in Autumn 2024. Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson said of the building: “This is an investment in excellence, an investment in Oxford.” The building will be situated at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter between Woodstock Road and Walton Street. No occupational reshuffling is anticipated nor disruption to the mixed college and faculty teaching regime. The project will also encompass new academic posts, graduate studentships and scholarships while supporting the department’s “research-oriented” culture programme and Ethics in AI institute. Once established, the complex will accommodate 200,000 collection items, seat over 400 readers, offer a range of teaching/research and performing arts facilities including a 500-seat music auditorium, 313 workspaces for graduates, broadcasting studios for public lecture sharing and additional accommodation for students pursuing certain divisional Master’s Degrees.  Faculties not relocating, such as Classical and Oriental Studies, will be entitled to full use of the space, and access will also be granted to the wider University. Several Student consultation events are being organised, including a “brainstorming marquee” on the ROQ site in May 2020.last_img read more

Listen To The Biscuits Get Spooky Performing At A Haunted Lodge Eighteen Years Ago Today [Full Audio]

first_imgBack in 1999 on this date, The Disco Biscuits were gearing up to hit the Brookdale Lodge in Brookdale, California. The Brookdale Lodge has gained notoriety as a hotspot for paranormal encounters, and during their performance eighteen years ago, The Disco Biscuits honored the space’s haunted vibes with a spooky and spacey night of their early music.To open the show, the banter kicking off the night posed these questions to the crowd, “In this set of Disco Biscuits music, we’re endeavoring to answer the age old question, can the ghosts, not only can they see you physically, but can they read your mind? Can they read your every thought as you run from them or try to make peace with them?” Following this, the band kicked off a twenty-two-minute “Magellan” followed by “Eulogy” before dropping into a fifty-minute jam sequence featuring “Basis For A Day” into “Shem-Rah Boo” to round out the four-song first set. In set two, the majority of the set was encompassed in a “Nughuffer” sandwich, before throwing it back to the show opener, “Magellan,” with the live debut of the song’s reprise.You can listen to pristine audio from that show below, courtesy of Rich Steele.last_img read more

Lecture examines works of Percy

first_imgDr. John O’Callaghan, associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, discussed the life and literature of author Walker Percy in a lecture Tuesday. The talk was part of the Catholic Culture Literature Series: Strangers in a Strange Land, run by the Center for Ethics and Culture. The four-part series centers around four Catholic-American authors and the contributions they have made to Catholic literature. A recurrent theme in Percy’s works was his feeling that many people knew “how to be in the world and not of it,” O’Callaghan said. Percy’s own childhood was quite traumatic, and it is surprising he was able to step outside this viewpoint, he said. Born in southern Alabama, Percy did not convert to Catholicism until his adult years. At the age of 12, his father committed suicide and not long after, he lost his mother in a car accident, O’Callaghan said. He said these events had a profound affect on Percy and influenced many of his writings. He is well known for works such as “The Moviegoer” and “The Thanatos Syndrome.” O’Callaghan discussed the fact that this Catholic author touches on many subjects, including racism and class. Percy’s moral sense is visible in his outrage “at the cross burning of a Roman Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans who said that segregation was a sin,” Callaghan said. Percy goes farther as to criticize the stoicism of many of his friends and relatives who allowed this to occur, he said. O’Callaghan said this portrayal of ethical strength caused him to reflect on his own education in a Catholic school, questioning why he never read Percy as a part of his curriculum. He said one friend told him Catholic schooling was “all about works and little about faith,” which caused him to ask, “are we any better now?” It is clear after this lecture that whatever Percy was discussing, it was always done with comedy, O’Callaghan said. He said he had a “characteristic humor sly beyond belief,” which gave him a “more universal appeal than just another southern writer.” Callaghan said faith is not something that can be made up, but must be experienced. “We do not produce religious experience,” O’Callaghan said. “[The] sacred comes to us as a kind of message.”last_img read more

Corporate buyers a big reason behind Australia’s renewable energy boom

first_imgCorporate buyers a big reason behind Australia’s renewable energy boom FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Corporate energy users have supported renewable energy development across Australia to the tune of 5.2GW of new capacity and procured nearly 2.3GW of mostly solar and wind powered electricity in just three years, a new report has found. The report – a State of the Market report for corporate renewable PPAs – was released on Tuesday for the first time by the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A).In total, there have been 58 publicly confirmed corporate renewable PPAs since 2016, which have contracted nearly 2.3GW of renewable electricity and supported 5.2GW of project capacity, most of this (60 per cent) new solar and wind farms.Renew Economy, too, has watched this market boom, with major Australian utility Origin Energy recently conceding that the shift to renewables by Australian businesses was taking a noticeable chunk out of the gen-tailer’s commercial electricity volumes.“Until recently, solar and wind farms needed a power purchase agreement with a retailer to get built, but the growth of corporate renewable PPAs has opened up a vital new source of investment,” said Christopher Briggs, BRC-A’s technical director and research principal at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). “The emergence of corporate PPAs is proving crucial in driving the energy transition in Australia and helping to realise the nation’s climate change targets.”Jonathan Prendergast, a research consultant at the ISF – one part of the team that makes up the BRC-A, alongside the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia and Climate-KIC Australia – said what impressed him most was how these deals had diversified the large-scale renewable energy market. “(Renewable energy investment) used to be really one-dimensional. It’s great that there are now multiple ways that investors and project developers can get their projects financed,” he told RE on Monday.And the corporate buyers are a diverse bunch, too. “While large corporate buyers led the way in the early deals, there has also been a series of deals with smaller and mid-sized buyers – like schools, vineyards and even the Sydney Opera House,” Briggs said.More: Business demand is helping drive the energy transition to wind and solarlast_img read more

Nicaraguan navy seizes 2 tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo March 06, 2012 MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s navy seized more than two tons of cocaine in the country’s south Caribbean region on Mar. 5, authorities said. Naval chief Roger González said the operation took place early Mar. 4 in Punta del Águila, 35 nautical miles from the port city of Bluefields, 383 kilometers (238 miles) southeast of the capital, Managua. The narcotics were found abandoned on a vessel on Punta de Águila, a place considered a “high- risk” area, which is why naval officers decided not to continue their search for four crew members believed to have fled the scene, González said. “It’s likely that the vessel’s crew have some kind of connection to local groups, such as the Aragón Salablanca, several of whom were captured last week in the south Atlantic region,” González said. It is possible that the vessel’s crew were Colombian, he added, since the illicit cargo was found close to San Andrés Island, a Colombian territory. But González did not rule out the possibility that the crew “may be Honduran or Nicaraguan.” At the site, the navy found 95 sacks of the drug, each containing 25 packets of cocaine, totaling more than two tons, he said. [Xinhua, 05/03/2012; (Nicaragua), 06/03/2012]last_img read more

10 things that can kill marketing at your credit union

first_img 124SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Details While there are many external factors that make marketing a difficult art, the success of a marketing campaign is within your control. In fact, here are ten things that undermine the success of your marketing efforts.Not having an objective. There is a seemingly endless list of “shiny” things out there that you could try for marketing to your members – some successful, others not. However, if there isn’t a larger “why” behind spending those precious marketing dollars, such as to “increase auto loan portfolio” or “grow membership,” it could quickly backfire on you. It is important to keep your marketing efforts aligned with the overall business objectives of your credit union.Not having a target audience. I hate to break it to you, but your credit union isn’t an appealing choice to everyone – and that’s a good thing (and means you are on the right track)! In an effort to attract anyone, credit unions regularly try to market to “everyone,” which causes a complete disconnect with consumers through generic messaging and creative design. Choose a target audience based on the service or product by determining for whom it is best suited. For what kind of person is this account/loan/product? What lifestyle would find it most appealing and convenient? Where do they live? How do they communicate with your credit union? How do they bank with you? Then narrow your strategy from there.Not knowing your audience. You may have the best credit union in history, but, if you don’t really know your audience – what is important to them, where to reach them, how to reach them – and commit to connecting with them, no one is going to hear the great story you have to tell. Make sure the products/services/brand you are selling is relevant to the target audience(s) you have chosen and you say it in a way that is compelling to them.Not having a strategy. Strategy is largely built on the needs of the specific audience(s) for a given campaign. Each audience should have its own strategy for how you are going to reach them. Blanket marketing doesn’t work, and it is also really expensive. A solid strategy outlines which tactics and which delivery channels you’re going to use to reach your given objective for the campaign or initiative.Being self-focused. You have identified a target market for your campaign, but now what? Making it about you and not them is a sure way to have your commercial dialed to another station or direct mail piece thrown into the trash. Look at your campaign from a consumer’s perspective, and answer the question “how will this make my life better?” The answer to this question will drive your messaging in the proper direction.Lacking employee buy-in. I personally believe this is the most important of them all. You could have the most beautiful marketing campaign, rock solid messaging and a huge budget for delivery and, yes, you will see some results. However, not involving your employees from the beginning of the process and getting their important feedback and buy-in can cause them to feel alienated and unimportant. Depending on the culture of your credit union, this could backfire as disgruntled employees try to work against the successful momentum you’ve been working to build. Engage them early and often through the process. They are your champions and need to be treated as such. They are the face of your organization, after all.Not educating your employees. If you took the necessary time to talk to your coworkers about their ideas for an upcoming campaign, make sure you spend the necessary time educating them about it before it goes live. Whether it is at a staff meeting beforehand – or, depending on the size and number of branches of your credit union, you or a branch manager personally delivers a campaign description, talking about it with each employee – spending time on this step is vitally important.Not communicating results. If you did an effective job of educating your employees and getting them excited about the campaign, they will want to know how and where their efforts are paying off. Find the communication style that best suits your credit union, whether it is through weekly emails to everyone, utilizing the employee intranet or weekly “huddles” at the branch. We tend to get sick of seeing our campaign throughout its course, so it is important to spend time on this step in order to keep everyone excited and continue forward momentum.Moving on. Yes, the campaign was launched at the beginning of the month, but that shouldn’t be the last time you look at it until it’s over. Failing to monitor its success means you miss crucial opportunities to adjust and continue to make it better as the campaign goes on, increasing your overall results and return on investment.Not living your credit union’s brand. This is true not only in the development of the campaign pieces, but also in how your credit union goes about its daily business of serving members. Make sure your campaign effectively communicates and lets your credit union’s brand shine. Make sure the experience in the branches and among all of your communication channels is a consistent and wonderful one that is true to your credit union’s brand and vision.Creating success in marketing is tactical; it requires a well-reasoned approach that is different for each credit union. It is also delicate, meaning that small oversights can run sound efforts off the rails. By being sure to avoid these common pitfalls, each effort you make at marketing will be better than the last. Then, the conversation is changed. You will go from trying to justify a marketing expense, to tackling the next opportunity to communicate your credit union’s unique story and brand. You become extraordinary.last_img read more

Clare Crawley Is ‘Really Down’ Amid Changes on ‘The Bachelorette’

first_imgPappas continued, “On most days, she’s feeling really down about the things that people are saying about her online and the editing of the show. So, actually, the girls and I — we all sent her some flowers today just to let her know that we love her and this is a blip. This will all be done, you know? Whatever the outcome is tomorrow night, she’s going to walk away and she’s gonna be able to move on and hopefully have someone that she genuinely loves and can be with and people will forget about this. They’ll move on.”The former Bachelor contestant said that she has been “trying to reach out” to Crawley, 39, on a “daily basis” to make sure she’s doing OK. “I’m trying to be a cheerleader, because I feel like she has so many cards stacked against her,” Pappas added.Crawley has experienced major roadblocks throughout her Bachelorette journey. After being announced as the leading lady in March, production was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after filming began in July at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, Us Weekly confirmed that she was leaving the show after believing she had found The One within two weeks. ABC then called in Tayshia Adams as a replacement.Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette ChangesClare Crawley ABC/Maarten de Boer- Advertisement – This week’s episode of The Bachelorette will air on ABC Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants As her season has unfolded on TV, Crawley faced an awkward interaction with now-eliminated contestant Zack Johnson on their one-on-one date, during which he aggressively tried to kiss her repeatedly. She was also brutally slammed by now-cut suitor Yosef Aborady, who said that he “expected more from the oldest Bachelorette” following her strip dodgeball group date. Additionally, she quickly fell for contestant Dale Moss, and their connection sparked dissatisfaction among the other remaining menIn a sneak peek for the Thursday, November 5, episode, the Bachelor Winter Games alum breaks down in tears during a conversation with host Chris Harrison, who tells her that “the path we’re on right now, it doesn’t end well for anybody.” Teasing what is next at the clip’s end, Adams, 30, is revealed to be the next Bachelorette as she steps out of a pool.Deanna Stagliano Pappas Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette Changes CastABC/Craig SjodinCrawley’s ex-fiancé, Benoit Beauséjour-Savard, recently suggested that it likely wasn’t entirely her choice to exit the show early. “So I think, like, ultimately it was production that came at her and said, ‘You know what, Clare, I feel like you’re not giving it a fair chance. You’re really into Dale, so we want you to be happy,’” the Canada native, 33, said on the “Almost Famous” podcast on October 30. “And they had, like, a common agreement on her maybe leaving the show, but I feel like it wasn’t her ultimate decision.”- Advertisement – A tough go of it. Former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas revealed how her pal Clare Crawley has been coping with the changes during her season of the ABC spinoff.“I think anybody who’s been on the show … [knows that] it is hard. She’s just been put through the ringer, and the things that people are saying about her and about her life and stuff online can just be really hurtful,” the season 4 Bachelorette, 38, said on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s “Almost Famous” podcast on Monday, November 2. “I just feel bad for her because, I feel like in a period of time where this should be really joyful for her and this should be a really great experience and probably one of the most exciting things that she will go through, it has not been that for her.”Deanna Stagliano Pappas Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette ChangesABC; Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hammerson tipped to land Greycoat deal

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Clash of the titans

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Arsenal deny claims Raul Sanllehi dined with Jose Mourinho amid Unai Emery backlash

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 9:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link197Shares Mourinho would like to win titles at three different Premier League (Picture: Getty)Reports emerged in the Sunday Times claiming those plans were being accelerated, with Sanllehi having ‘dined’ with Mourinho last week in an effort to gauge his desire to take over.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, say Arsenal have categorically refuted the claims, with no meeting having taking place.In fact, Sanllehi – who used to be at Barcelona before moving to north London – has not met Mourinho in person for several years, while there would be a number of reservations about appointing the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMourinho had no shortage of run-ins with Arsenal’s legendary boss Arsene Wenger, while his managerial approach feels hugely removed from the youth-first philosophy Arsenal promote.Although the Gunners’ form has tailed off significantly in recent weeks, Arsenal’s hierarchy are not believed to be giving any real consideration to getting rid of Emery at this stage. Comment It had been reported that Arsenal’s head of football recently met with Mourinho (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are not on the verge of axing Unai Emery, with the club reportedly refuting suggestions that head of football Raul Sanllehi met with Jose Mourinho last week.Emery is under increasing pressure after a string of below-par performances, once again forfeiting a lead in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Wolves – a result that leaves them fifth in the Premier League, last winning at home to Bournemouth a month ago.Mourinho’s name has been put forward as a potential replacement should Arsenal pull the trigger, with the Portuguese coach believed to be keen on taking over the Gunners. Emery’s recent tactical decisions and in-game subs have been questioned (Picture: Getty)Mourinho, though, is increasingly itching to return to management as it approaches the one-year anniversary of his dismissal from Manchester United.Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham have also been linked with Mourinho, though the Portuguese himself is believed to favour a move to Real Madrid should Zinedine Zidane’s second spell at the club turn sour.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal deny claims Raul Sanllehi dined with Jose Mourinho amid Unai Emery backlashlast_img read more

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