£13.5m library addition at John’s

first_imgSt John’s has started work on a new £13.5m study centre and library extension to allow wheel-chair access, increase storage space and improve study areas.The new facility, which will join to the first floor of the Laudian library, will include a two-storey study centre, as well as a new central archive within part of the President’s garden.The centre “will double the number of reader seats” available to students and will provide a seminar room and study spaces with IT facilities for“ quiet, individual or team research and study”.Extra shelving space will allow all undergraduate books and special collections to be stored inside the library or in a special basement area.The college’s libraries are currently home to a number of rare books and manuscripts dating back to the 9th century.St John’s JCR President Jessica Colston told Cherwell, “I think the main difficulties with the current college library is that we cannot open it for 24 hours a day, and it is inaccessible for students in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues. It’s really important that we support students with disabilities and the library is an essential part of the college, which should be accessible for all. Our current library also cannot be opened for 24 hours a day, and I know many would appreciate both earlier opening times for work before lectures and also opening through the night for those with less conventional work patterns!“A new custom built space will allow students to study however they want and whenever they want. Undergraduate students will appreciate the new facilities such as communal areas that will let students work together in groups as well as enjoying more traditional study spaces for individual study. Making the college library accessible will also mean that disabled students can have the same access to study facilities as everyone else!”Colston declined to comment on the cost of the project.Principal Bursar, Professor Andrew Parker, told Cherwell, “St John’s College Library is a beautiful, historic building dating from 1595 but is lacking modern facilities and suffi cient study space. In addition, the current facility is not accessible for wheelchair users. The college has decided to build a new Study Centre, which links directly to the historic Library of the College. We believe that our students will greatly value the new improved facilities.” The new facilities will link the college’s Canterbury Quadrangle, which houses three of its four listed libraries, the Laudian Library, the Paddy Room and the 15th century Old Library, from the Groves area of St John’s College, a Grade II-listed park and garden, through to the President’s Garden.Both the existing old Library and new Study Centre will be fully accessible for wheelchair users once the work is completed in December 2017. The existing Library will continue to be open as normal for students during the construction. The project is being completed by the construction company Stepnell who refurbished and extended the New Library at Magdalen College.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: If your an elected official and someone gives your campaign $500,000 what do you feel they expect you to do from them?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer Join Ghost-Note For Smokin’ Sit-In At NYC Show [Pro-Shot]

first_imgOn August 4th, after Phish plays the final Friday of their Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, Taz will bring his Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band to The Cutting Room with Eric Krasno Band for their “Kraz & Taz” late-night. For more information on the show, head here.Head here for a full breakdown of all our Baker’s Dozen Late Nights. Last Thusday, June 15th, Ghost-Note made their way to Manhattan’s East Village for a performance at DROM. Led by Snarky Puppy percussionists Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight and featuring rotating cast of talented players like MonoNeon (Prince), Jonathan Mones, Sly5thave, Dominique Taplin, Nick Werth, Alvin Ford Jr., A.J. Brown, and more, the avant-garde jazz-funk outfit makes a sonic statement every time they take the stage. During the New York show, Ghost-Note welcomed a special guest: young guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, fresh off a performance of School of Rock: The Musical on Broadway.The diminutive axe-slinger lent his impressive chops to three songs, as the band made the most of their chance to have the prodigious talent onstage with them. In the video below from the middle of the 3-song segment, Sput speaks about having Taz–who he refers to as “The Grown Man”–sit in: “When we bring it all the waydown and play real soft and funky…So since we got him onstage, we might as well give him another solo right? So Taz, I want you to take your time, man. Just take your time and play from your heart, brother.”Taz responded to Sput’s call with a delicately melodic solo over a billowing, funky back-beat that built to a high-voltage peak with Brandon intently enthralled throughout–to the audible delight of an ecstatic crowd. You can watch footage of Brandon “Taz” Niederauer’s sit-in on Ghost-Note’s “Smack’em” below, via the band’s Facebook page:You can also watch Ghost-Note perform “Milk Shake” from the DROM show below, complete with some mind-blowing bass work from MonoNeon:Ghost-Note hits the stage again tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia tonight, Monday, June 19th. For more information, head here.last_img read more

Tony Winner John Benjamin Lands Leading Role in TV Drama Manhattan

first_imgTony winner John Benjamin Hickey is set to star in the upcoming WGN America 13-episode series Manhattan, according to Deadline.com. Hickey will take on the leading role of Frank Winter, a genius and self-destructive physics professor who’s tapped to help lead the Manhattan Project. Broadway alum Daniel Stern will co-star in the show. Hickey received a Tony Award for his turn in the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart. His other Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Cabaret and The Crucible. Hickey’s film and TV credits include The Good Wife, Hannibal, The Big C, The New Normal, Pitch Perfect, Freedom Writers and Flags of Our Fathers. Stern made his Broadway debut in MTC’s production of The Other Place, but departed the production early due to personal family matters. He is well known for his roles in such movies as Home Alone, City Slickers and Diner. On TV, he narrated the iconic series The Wonder Years. Star Files Written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set during the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Stern plays Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger physicists working on the Manhattan Project who navigates the political minefield of Los Alamos. The cast also includes Fresh Face Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zuckerman and Harry Lloyd. View Comments Daniel Sternlast_img read more

Great Britain: Coming Soon: Invisible Army Tanks

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Be well prepared Argentinean kids, because now it is true that they are not going to let go of Las Malvinas… with so much technology that the English have, I mean they have to preserve their enclaves they have around the world; is that clear?? Technology that makes tanks invisible is expected to make its debut around 2015. Military researchers in the United Kingdom are working on stealth tanks, a design that incorporates camouflage features. The tanks would have sensors that grab images of the environment and display them on the tanks’ exterior, updated in real time. The special technology, called “e-camouflage,” is part of the Future Protected Vehicle program. It consists of seven new armored vehicle and robot designs intended for dangerous missions, clearing minefields, and rescuing injured servicemembers. Sources: www.armedforces-int.com, www.newstodaynews.comlast_img read more

Customers: The real “core” of your business

first_imgby: Michelle Harbinak Shapiro“Sales 101, know your customer,” I overheard a colleague repeat several times at a recent training event.As cliché as it may sound, knowing your customer is the single most important thing for today’s financial institutions.Technology is changing consumer expectations. Today, your customers expect the most up-to-date information, anywhere – whether it’s for their personal, professional or financial lives. This, along with an increase in non-traditional banking options, has put consumers in the driving seat to force change in financial organizations. To stay relevant – and increase loyalty – banks need to focus on meeting these increasing customer needs.Be customer consciousTechnology such as enterprise content management (ECM) supports today’s crucial customer-centric banking strategies. With electronic documents and information saved in a secure, central system, employees are able to access customer information and documents directly through their core banking system or line-of-business interfaces without having to switch screens or applications. That means they can answer customer inquiries with a simple mouse-click.It also means they’re focusing on customers, not looking for information. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgGNER bluesBritain’s East Coast Main Line fleet has again proved vulnerable to heat, some years after a spate of cooling failures on the IC125 high-speed diesel train power cars. With much of Britain basking in unusually high summer temperatures, franchisee Great North Eastern Railway was struggling to keep its electric IC225s on the road. One scorching Friday afternoon in August saw at least three evening peak-hour trains cancelled and another diesel-hauled due to loco failures.Sidetrack’s engineering advisor reports that GNER’s Class 91 locos have been suffering from spurious initiation of the fire extinguishers. Higher than specified temperatures in the equipment compartments fool the fire detectors into thinking that the loco is about to incinerate itself, triggering the extinguishers and emptying the gas bottles. The loco then has to be taken out of service because it cannot run without a working fire extinguisher!Ironically, privatisation may have aggravated this worse-than-usual performance. Changing the IC225’s largely white livery to GNER’s all-over midnight blue has increased the heat build-up due to sunlight. The solar gain is also thought to have increased the air-conditioning load in the MkIV coaches by around 5 kW per vehicle. So that’s why railway carriages traditionally had white roofs!last_img read more

Is social media preventing teens from smoking, drinking and taking drugs?

first_imgNZ Herald 3 October 2017Family First Comment: Positive trends with risky behaviour – but is that because teens are spending too much time on screens and technology – and is that a positive alternative??Modern Kiwi teenagers have turned to healthier living, virtually giving up smoking and cutting back sharply on binge drinking and illicit drugs.The smoking rate had dropped to less than 3 per cent in 2015, from 15 per cent in 2000. The rate of regular binge drinking nearly halved in the 11 years to 2012. And illicit drug use fell to 23 per cent in 2012.But researchers aren’t clear on the reasons behind these reductions in risky behaviour and wonder whether Snapchat and Facebook may play a role.Otago University Wellington researcher Jude Ball, who was speaking at the Public Health Association Conference, said there had been large, almost simultaneous reductions in adolescent risk behaviours in a range of countries.She had found health interventions such as hikes in tobacco tax might have played a role, but the similarities in the data between countries despite variations in their tobacco controls suggested broader social forces were at work.Some argue that social media is replacing risky behaviours: adolescents can be cool and sociable without drinking, and gaming, texting and social media means they have less time, or are less inclined, to drink or smoke.“While this is a popular notion, there’s also a large body of evidence against it,” said Ball.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11929252&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Chelsea table cash plus Kepa for Atletico Madrid shot-stopper

first_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The Internet5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Care To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You The former Benfica shot-stopper has established himself into the world’s top tier of goalkeepers at Atleti and a report in the Mirror claim he is now on Chelsea’s radar. Indeed, earlier this year it was claimed by football.london, via Spanish TV station El Chiringuito – which is not among Spain’s most reputable journalist outlets – that the Blues are prepared to offer €30m for Oblak, with former Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa thrown into the deal. Loading… Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer cash plus goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid. Slovenian goalkeeper Oblak has a long-term deal in the Spanish capital through to 2023 with a whopping £120m release clause, which they are unlikely to negotiate upon.Advertisementcenter_img Kepa replaced Thibaut Courtois as the club’s number one – with the Belgian international instead moving to Real Madrid – and has established himself as the team’s number one shot-stopper.However, Willy Caballero, 38, replaced Kepa between the sticks for Lampard’s side in a vital run of matches in February including crucial games against Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich.The Spaniard has been reinstated in Chelsea’s side but long-term doubts remain on his form and future at the club.Indeed recent Chelsea transfer news has been centred on his future with Valencia linked with a move. Read Also: Mourinho targets third Europa League title with Spurs next seasonKepa has often been selected as the Spanish national team goalkeeper ahead of David De Gea and this development is causing concerns for fans of La Roja ahead of this summer’s European Championships.Atleti are highly unlikely to sanction a sale for Oblak, who is regarded among the world’s best goalkeepers and is vital for Diego Simeone’s side.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

EPL: City set to extend streak against Palace

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man City vs. Crystal Palace Venue; Etihad Stadium Kick off: 4PMManchester City will be looking to make it six straight victories in all competitions when they welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon. Pep Guardiola’s side moved above Leicester City into second spot in the table last weekend, but they are still 14 points off leaders Liverpool, while Palace occupy ninth following a solid campaign to date. There is no getting away from the fact that City have not been at their best this season, and it seems incredible to think that a team with their talent has suffered five Premier League defeats already this term. Guardiola’s side were at their best last weekend, though, as they recorded a 6-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for the reigning champions, while Riyad Mahrez continued his fine form with a brace as Dean Smith’s team were blown away in front of their own supporters. The win, coupled with Leicester’s shock home loss to Southampton, saw City return to second spot in the table, now two points clear of the Foxes on the same number of matches. The Citizens could win each of their remaining 16 matches of the 2019-20 campaign and are still unlikely to get anywhere near Liverpool, though, as Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 14-point advantage with a game in hand. It will certainly be interesting to see whether Guardiola prioritises other competitions as the season progresses as it could still be a brilliant campaign for the club. Indeed, they are on course to make yet another EFL Cup final having recorded a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their semi-final. City is also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup having overcome Port Vale, while they have the small matter of a last-16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid to come. The first leg of their European tie will be at the Bernabeu on February 26 before the reverse at the Etihad Stadium on March 17. Guardiola’s team have lost to both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United on home soil in the Premier League this season, while Palace have already triumphed at Old Trafford during the 2019-20 campaign. All City can do in the league is keep winning and see where that takes them, and they will be looking for a double over the Eagles having recorded a 2-0 victory in the reverse match at Selhurst Park in October. Palace might have lost their last two Premier League games against the Citizens, but they recorded a 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium in the corresponding clash last season. The Eagles are certainly a team capable of picking up big results, although much of their success this season has been built on a strong defence, with only three teams conceding fewer goals in the top flight. Incredibly, no side in the Premier League has scored fewer goals than Palace during the 2019-20 campaign, with Roy Hodgson’s team finding the back of the net on just 20 occasions in their 22 matches. Cenk Tosun has arrived on loan from Everton in the hope of boosting their output in the final third, while it would also be fair to say that the fans will be looking for more from Wilfried Zaha over the next few months. Indeed, as talented as the Ivorian is, he has only contributed three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, which is simply not enough for a player with his skill set. Palace, who were dumped out of the FA Cup by Derby County earlier this month, will enter Saturday’s clash off the back of a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend. The capital outfit have actually only won one of their last eight in the league, which came at home to West Ham United on Boxing Day. They have been the draw specialists in many ways having shared the points in five of their last eight fixtures in England’s top flight. There is no question that Hodgson would take a point at the Etihad Stadium, and a positive result this weekend would lead them nicely into back-to-back home fixtures with Southampton and Sheffield United. Palace will again travel without a number of key players, though, and it is difficult to imagine City not putting another win on the board due to their excellent form in recent weeks. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez. Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald, McArthur, McCarthy, Kouyate, Ayew, Tosun, Zaha.Tags: Crystal PalaceEPLManchester CityPep Guardiolalast_img read more