By Brett BundaleHalifax is booming, its skyline awash with construction cranes, and Ontario native Jesse Rodgers can tell you why.Rodgers, a veteran of Waterloo’s tech startup scene, moved to the Nova Scotia capital a year ago with his wife and four kids. They bought a big house on a quiet, tree-lined street a stone’s throw from the ocean.The family bought a boat. They eat supper together almost every night. The kids joined sports teams, and Rodgers coaches hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer.They are part of a convergence of factors — thriving manufacturing and construction sectors, healthy employment and income gains, strong housing and retail markets, off-the-charts population gains — that have made Halifax one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, and earned it the title of Canada’s fifth-biggest tech hub.In a region that is largely consumed by a narrative of decline, Halifax stands out, and not just because of its fast-changing skyline.“The startup community in Halifax feels like Waterloo 15 years ago and it’s going to grow,” says Rodgers, who helms the city’s startup entrepreneur hub Volta Labs. “The timing is now for Halifax.”Halifax has long been lauded for its short commutes, affordable homes, clean air and nearby beaches. It’s home to multiple universities and colleges, military bases, startups and a convenient time-zone and geography.But the city’s charm may come from what it doesn’t have: Million-dollar teardowns, gruelling commutes to increasingly expensive far-flung bedroom communities, summertime smog warnings, overcrowded transit.Halifax resonates as an anti-Toronto — many big city charms but few big-city headaches.The startup community in Halifax feels like Waterloo 15 years ago and it’s going to growThe city had a record population boom last year, economic growth has been strong, entrepreneurial activity is on the rise and housing starts are up.The municipality’s planning department is processing more building permits than ever before. In 2011, for example, the city issued permits for 96 new residential units. Last year, that number soared to 1,040 units.The city’s per capita population growth in 2016 outpaced Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and, just barely, Toronto, according to recent Statistics Canada figures.Much of the increase came from international immigrants, who made up three-quarters of the city’s 8,147 new residents. Even without a wave of Syrian refugees, it was still a record year.Ian Munro, chief economist with Halifax Partnership, the city’s economic development agency, calls the two per cent increase in population, to nearly 426,000 residents, “spectacular.”“I don’t know yet if that’s a trend or a blip,” he says. “We have to wait to see what next year holds.”Munro suggests international students putting down roots could account for a “good chunk” of newcomers. More than half the immigrants are under the age of 30, while generally most are under age 45, figures show.“If you want to be coldly, narrowly economic about it, getting this working-age cohort is the sweet spot,” he says. “They buy homes, start families, build businesses, hire people and establish contacts in their homelands to encourage more immigrants.”Eddy Ng, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business in Halifax, says immigrants and refugees are often pulled to big urban centres such as Toronto in search of networks.“But if their first point of entry was Halifax and they studied here and felt comfortable, they are more likely to stay,” he says. “Also, immigrants that arrive at an earlier age are more likely to integrate into society.”Hai Hu is one of those highly coveted immigrants. After completing a PhD in software engineering in Beijing, he launched a tech company and moved to Silicon Valley.But sky-high rents and pricey talent pushed Hu to look beyond California. He eventually stumbled upon a Nova Scotia startup visa program, designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the province.“In the Valley, they say you have to raise fast, die fast. But I’m in the business-to-business area and I need more time to build up trust,” Hu says of his company, Skyline IT. “Halifax is close to the United States but it’s still affordable.”Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says a couple things are driving the city’s population boom. The biggest is a growing “stickiness” with immigrants who in the past have landed here and then moved to other places. The city is also a draw for young working professionals in search of a more balanced lifestyle.“Particularly among young people, it’s not just about salary,” Savage says. “It’s about what kind of life they can have here.“People want to work not only in an interesting city and an interesting company in an interesting field, they want a work-life balance and leisure time.”Nova Scotia food-growing startups benefit from their seaside localeTrailer Park Boys growing their business empire, even going high-end L.A.-styleSome of Halifax’s boom is a cannibalization of rural regions on the East Coast. About 1,270 people, about 15 per cent of the city’s total population growth, moved to the city from somewhere else in the province last year. Meantime, Halifax lost about 440 people to other parts of Canada last year.Population growth isn’t the only ingredient to Halifax’s dawning boom.The city’s GDP is expected to grow nearly two per cent in 2017, the Conference Board of Canada says. Rising container traffic, a growing services sector and manufacturing buoyed by work on Arctic patrol ships at the Halifax Shipyard will push Halifax’s GDP beyond the national average within the next year or two.Meanwhile, job growth is expected to climb, with 4,000 new jobs over two years curbing unemployment to 5.9 per cent in 2018.Mike Johnston knows about job growth.Seventeen years ago, he bought a laptop, put a satellite dish on his suburban Halifax roof and launched the northeastern seaboard’s smallest software consulting shop.It was the summer of 2000. The Truro native had been living in Boston, a would-be doctor who shunned med school after Harvard to throw himself into the heady heyday of software development.When the tech sector was brought to its knees by the dotcom crash, Johnston was brought back to Nova Scotia by his high school sweetheart and newborn baby. From a suburban Halifax bedroom, Johnston called his tech contacts and potential clients, and nabbed enough contract work with IBM to keep him afloat.His digital-media company, REDspace, has stayed put in Halifax even when hiring prospects were slim.To get workers with the right training, Johnston sat down with local community college officials and spelled out what he needed.The next step was convincing more experienced tech workers to come east to work for him. REDspace now has 170 employees — with 25 joining in the last six months alone — in a sprawling, colourful office space in a suburban mall.“In past years I’ve heard outright from senior people in their mid-30s or early 40s — they’ve got a family, they’ve got kids in school in Toronto — they say, ‘If I pick up and move my family and cut my roots and it doesn’t work out with you, what else is going on?’,” he says. “The reality is now there is a lot happening. There are a lot of companies doing neat stuff … a growing startup scene and interesting research and development at the universities.”
Brock Musical Theatre is ready to rock.The latest production by the student-run group pays tribute to the 1969 rock opera Tommy by English rockers The Who. Tommy tells the story of a young man’s quest to become the world’s greatest pinball wizard.Set during the Second World War and post-war England, the play follows Tommy as he grows up deaf and blind after witnessing his father commit murder.The play chronicles his journey to connect and form deep relationships with other people, despite his limitations.“The play touches on everyday struggles,” said Dani Viola, third-year Concurrent Education student and BMT production director.“Tommy’s journey really highlights that even though we’re all different, we will go through the same struggles and we will overcome them.”Over the last five months, BMT has been working nearly every weekend to produce the musical. Working hard since September, the cast is eager for the show’s debut at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2.The 20-person cast includes students across different disciplines, as well as a five-person youth ensemble featuring Niagara children from four to 10 years old.This was the first time BMT put out an open call for local youth to be in a show.“Since we’re used to an all-adult cast, it was very interesting to interact and work with these kids,” Viola said.“They have this great energy among them. Their local schools will be attending opening night, so there’s a lot of excitement going around.”From Feb. 2 to 5, Brock Musical Theatre will put on five performances.Students, staff and faculty, as well as the community at large, can purchase tickets online at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office. General admission tickets are $15.Showtimes:Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m.
As Niagara residents get ready for this weekend’s Grape and Wine festivities, Brock University’s executive and student leaders are reminding members of the Brock community to celebrate in ways that are respectful of neighbours and neighbourhoods.Saturday afternoon, thousands of people will jam the streets of downtown St. Catharines for the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival’s Grande Parade. Afterward, many people head for Festival events in Montebello Park, or get together in downtown restaurants and pubs.Niagara is home to more than 20,000 university and college students, and the presidents of Brock University and the Brock University Students’ Union have come out asking them to play it smart during the Grape and Wine festivities.University officials are working with Niagara Regional Police and with city officials in St. Catharines and Thorold to try and head off any noise or behavior problems, especially in residential neighbourhoods that have concentrations of students living off-campus.As part of its commitment, Brock is paying for up to four additional Niagara Regional Police officers to be on duty Friday and Saturday evenings, helping monitor residential neighbourhoods in the two cities.Although Brock officials have no jurisdiction or right to intervene for activities in locations beyond the campus, University officials are working with St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani to co-operate on bylaw enforcement efforts. Brock staff will also be helping inspect residential neighbourhoods overnight Saturday and Sunday.Brock’s Off-Campus Living staff have been contacting Thorold and St. Catharines residents who voiced concerns after parties last week during Brock’s Homecoming Weekend, and provided them with contact information for appropriate officials.The same staff have also been knocking on doors at student properties that have been the subject of complaints, and contacting landlords, informing them of concerns raised regarding their properties.Brock President Gervan Fearon said the University is committed to enhancing and continuing to do everything it can to educate its students, living on and off campus, about the importance of being good neighbours.“It is the University’s overall mission to be a good partner who works to make our communities stronger and more healthy,” said Fearon. “That includes making a concerted effort to ensure our students live up to the expectations of our university, respect the laws of the city and reflect good citizenship.”In a similar vein, Brock University Students’ Union President Faisal Hejazi used social media to reach out to Brock’s more than 18,000 students.“We have an exciting weekend ahead of us with the Grape and Wine Parade and festivities coming up,” he said in a Facebook post.“It’s a great time to celebrate all of the awesome things that Niagara has to offer. With that said, please be cognizant of the fact that we are all members of a larger community, and as community members, we have a responsibility to be respectful and courteous to our neighbours, our fellow students, and our city officials. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, please remember to enjoy responsibly, have fun and be safe.”
Cleveland Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin shined in Thursday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills setting a Browns’ franchise record with 179 yards on punt returns in the 37-24 victory over Buffalo at FirstEnergy Stadium.Late in the second quarter, the Buffalo Bills were punted to the Cleveland Browns after a solid defensive performance from the Browns. Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin caught the ball and ran for 79 yards to score the touchdown. Benjamin was not shy showcasing his speed andelusiveness. He was able to run to the complete opposite side of the field and still get to the end zone to give the Browns the lead before halftime.“Travis was huge out there, man,” teammate Josh Gordon said. “We’ve never really even seen a guy who’s that fast and little. It’s great to have him on our team. He’s a builder for our offense, a huge, pivotal guy.”
L’Arlesiana by Francesco CilèaLe Roi malgré lui (The King in Spite of Himself) by Emmanuel ChabrierA Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick DeliusTwo daytime ShortWork operas (A Dinner Engagement by Lennox Berkeley and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) will also be included.Wexford Opera is one of the final eight Irish cultural organisations selected by the Arts Council’s pilot RAISE initiative, which awards funding with the aim of strengthening development capacity in order to achieve greater success in securing future philanthropic funding.A new report by the Arts Council, Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland, has shown the arts sector is a ‘major’ employer in Ireland – with Council supported jobs generating an annual turnover of €184 million.Read: Arts provide significant direct and indirect employment to economy – report>Column: Here’s why I directed an opera about IKEA flatpack furniture> THE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED Wexford Festival Opera has revealed high demand ahead of its 61st event – with ticket sales topping 90 per cent capacity weeks ahead of opening.The 2012 Wexford Festival Opera will run for 12 days from Wednesday, 24 October until Sunday, 4 November, with a total of 54 daytime and evening events being presented.“It is a heartening endorsement of the Festival by our most important stakeholders, ie our audiences, that ticket sales have reached such a high level and have almost booked out so far in advance of the event itself,” said Chief Executive of Wexford Festival, David McLoughlin.“However, with only a few tickets remaining, the oft repeated advice of book now to avoid disappointment could never be more apt”.Opera-lovers who want to attend the Festival have been advised there is remaining availability for 25 October and 4 November.This year’s programme includes three mainstage opera productions:
Whether or not you played Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 you’ve probably heard how amazing it was. Not only was the game a solid first-person shooter, but it also had an incredible four-person multiplayer mode. The game had action, stealth, and a Bond story–you couldn’t go wrong. Now Goldeneye 007 is back, reimagined for the Wii about 13 years after the original release.It might seem like a cheap move, to just remake something you know you will be a hit after the Wii has largely failed with FPS gaming, but you won’t find too many people complaining. This Goldeneye remake is quite good. It’s not just a good release for the Wii, it’s on of the best games to come out for the console. (And I’m not a Wii hater, I just think it’s that good.)As you might has guessed I have a history with Goldeneye. In fact it was the game we played at the time of its release and for probably a year or so after. I didn’t own an N64, but I logged dozens of hour playing it. I’ve been trying to keep my nostalgia from clouding my judgment about the Wii game, but I can’t stop liking it that much more because of it. Nostalgia makes the graphics seem not just “good for the Wii” but so that they aren’t even a factor–duh, that’s how Goldeneye looks, I can’t help but think.Let’s keep in mind that 007 for the Wii is inspired by the 1997 release, but it’s not a port or a re-release. The new game has the same concepts and mechanics, but has a number of significant changes from the last one. The new game features teamwork with 006, modern FPS features like iron sights, and a plot that is quite far removed from the movie this was all ostensibly based on. Plus Bond is Daniel Craig, not Pierce Brosnan. This means people who played the N64 version will constantly be jumping back and forth between recognizing old details and noticing new ones.The multiplayer brings back the splitscreen goodness of the original. To enjoy this you’ll want to sit down with three friends and play, just like you did back in the day. It can be a genuinely fun experience thanks to a balanced multiplayer that doesn’t feel overly dated or gimmicky. Sure it’s a throwback to a simpler time in gaming, but you can hop into online multiplayer if you want something more modern. Online play is one of the best implementations on the Wii that I’ve seen, complete with 8 players at once, but it’s just not the same as having everyone in the same room.I will say that while Goldeneye 007 is quite good, there are fundamental problems with it. For example the online multiplayer is fun, but if you put aside the Bond theme, the nostalgia factor, and the split-screen then most people would probably be happier just playing Black Ops. So while split-screen gives me something I can’t get other places and it’s great to play a refurbished version of a game I loved, time has moved on and to a certain extent so has the gaming world. So while I’m enjoying my time with Goldeneye, I didn’t need, say, a leveling system in multiplayer.At the end of the day Goldeneye 007 for the Wii delivers a fun game that learned from its past, but isn’t weighed down by it. The developers weren’t afraid to make changes where they were necessary but they also remembered what made the original great. There are some features that are there just for nostalgia, like the classic big-head mode, but luckily Goldeneye doesn’t rely on these. It’s a tightly constructed game with good controls that can stand on its own, but it wouldn’t be the same without the original.goldeneye_multigoldeneye_multigoldeneye_003goldeneye_002goldeneye_001This article was based on a retail version of the game provide to us by Activision.
Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL All of that money [from water charges] has gone into water infrastructure and fixing water infrastructure.“People who paid their water charges did the right thing, and we should not make a fool of them in anyway by simpling ignoring the fact that lots of people didn’t pay while they did pay.“So we have to find a solution that treats people who did pay their water charges equally to those who didn’t. The work of the committee now needs to find a way of doing that.”Kate O’Connell (Fine Gael), a member of the water committee spoke on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning and said that she believed that the people who have paid for water shouldn’t be given their money back, as that would make them feel like fools for paying in the first place. THE GOVERNMENT HAS retreated from the idea of simply returning the money that was paid for water, because that money has already been spent.The government is at a standstill over how to fund Irish Water after mass protests and a boycott of the charges imposed for water usage.A recent FactCheck by TheJournal.ie found that although the claim that around 73% of those subject to water charges did not pay them is unproven, the number is likely to be quite close to that mark.Speaking at a launch in Sligo last night, Minister for Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney told Ocean FM: Share644 Tweet Email1 17,730 Views 209 Comments Friday 2 Dec 2016, 12:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3115508 If I went out and I paid for a glass of wine, and I drank it and I went back the next day and asked for my money back, who would refund me?She also said that water meterage was about finding out where leaks are in order to fix them, not about measuring how much each households use.Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Water said earlier this morning:“I am looking for a solution. I don’t have any history in this area. I will hope the committee will have the openness and focus, and from the ten or eleven members I’ve met, they’ve shown a significant integrity and honesty and openness.The commission was to present its recommendations to the Special Oireachtas Committee by end of November of this year.The Committee is to deliberate the findings and to report back to the Oireachtas where a vote will be held on their recommendations by end March 2017.Read: FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?Read: Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get their money back? Dec 2nd 2016, 12:09 PM Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spent A member of the water committee said that people who have paid for water shouldn’t be given their money back, as that would make them feel like fools. By Gráinne Ní Aodha
Apple retire un livre de l’iBooks Store contenant un lien vers Amazon Un livre électronique (traitant de l’école) a été retiré de l’iBooks Store car il contenait un lien vers Amazon.Un écrivain a révélé qu’Apple aurait refusé de publier un livre numérique sur sa boutique iBooks au motif que celui-ci contenant des liens renvoyant vers son concurrent Amazon. L’auteur en question, Seth Godin, contributeur sur le site Paid Content explique : “je viens de découvrir qu’Apple a rejeté mon nouveau manifeste Stop Stealing Dreams et ne le proposera pas dans leur boutique en ligne, car à l’intérieur du manifeste se trouvent des liens pour acheter des livres que je mentionne dans la bibliographie.” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le motif du refus ne fait cependant pas l’ombre d’un doute car Apple a en effet indiqué que celui-ci était dû “des liens multiples vers la boutique Amazon”. Le fichier contenant 30.000 mots était proposé gratuitement par son auteur. Aucun lien vers Amazon n’est sponsorisé. Mais le site de l’auteur, The Domino Project, est sponsorisé par le marchand en ligne. Le livre expose par ailleurs la situation de l’école aujourd’hui. Finalement, ce type de pratique laisse craindre un monde où quelques libraires influents auront les clés de la publication de livres. M. Godin redoute “un monde où seuls se trouvent une poignée de libraires influents (Amazon, Apple, Nook) et, petit à petit, les principes du libre accès disparaissent. Apple, apparemment, ne proposera pas de livres contenant un lien pour acheter un livre sur Amazon”. L’écrivain propose le fichier sur le site Squidoo en attendant plus d’explications de la part de la firme de Cupertino.Le 2 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
I don’t understand vinyl. I’m not talking about Funko Pops (but boy am I glad we have Brittany Vincent to cover them because I hate those creepy beady-eyed off-model bastards, and Nendoroids are clearly superior to them), but records. Lots of music nerds swear by vinyl albums for reasons I can’t actually understand.Then I went down the video game record collection hole. And I still don’t understand, but that hasn’t stopped me from picking up a handful of albums when I don’t even have a turntable. Because, while I can’t imagine casually listening to any of them (and most I’ve gotten include digital download codes, so you don’t have to worry about playing the actual album), they look really cool.The JourneyIt started at a Protomen show, the premiere of their music video for “Light Up The Night” at the Williamsburg Music Hall the week before PAX East. I love the Protomen, and I wanted to support the band and get a souvenir from the show. I have way too many t-shirts, and I haven’t bothered with CDs in ages, so I looked at the vinyl. They had their 80s cover album The Cover Up on sale, with a great cover art of a Robocop-looking robot on the front. And down the vinyl hole, I went.After that, I saw rows of vinyl records at Iam8bit’s booth. I was tempted by the BIT.TRIP’s Greatest Chips album, until I saw Killer Cuts. “The Instinct” is one of the greatest video game themes ever made, and always gets me into a mood where I want to stand on a mountain peak and swing a claymore, so I had to get it. That they had the previously Evo-exclusive metallic Fulgore version with green vinyl (the two standard versions are are non-metallic Spinal with white vinyl and non-metallic Saberwulf with blue vinyl) made it that much sweeter. I bought the album and immediately got an email from Iam8bit with a download code for a digital version. Awesome.By now I was getting angry with myself, and I swore I wouldn’t get any more vinyl. I don’t need to collect more things. Then I saw Mondo Tees’ Death Stranding 12-inch single, on clear vinyl with black splatters. Dammit.If you have very particular video game tastes, there’s probably a vinyl record that will appeal to you. Over the last few years a few companies have been working overtime to put out game soundtracks on vinyl, and while you won’t find Nintendo themes in big spinning platter form, there are plenty of cult series getting the record treatment.Iam8bitIam8bit stands out as one of the greats for video game soundtracks on vinyl. I already mentioned BIT.Trip and Killer Instinct, but there are dozens more. We’re talking Battletoads, Perfect Dark, Psychonauts, and Sunset Riders. They also have a deluxe Rez Infinite double LP with 7-inch bonus vinyl and art book (a whopping $75, but totally worth it. And I still kind of wish I picked it up at PAX East even if it was just the orange and black vinyl pressing and not the limited edition picture disc version). There’s even a 7-inch Killer Scratches scratch vinyl that’s just the sound effects from Killer Instinct.They go all-out to make these records appealing. The sleeve art is always top-notch, capturing the spirit of the game in some unique way without just slapping on the game’s logo or a screenshot. The Killer Cuts sleeves, for example, are actually posed and photographed puppets. They don’t skimp on the vinyl itself, either. There aren’t any bland black plates to be seen. Every album is a custom color or pattern. Killer Cuts is white, blue, or green depending on the art. BIT.TRIP’s Greatest Chips is a rainbow of concentric circles. Killer Scratches is blood red with black splatter. They look as cool as their sleeve art.MondoMondo Tees is mostly known for their incredible movie posters with custom art, but they put out a lot of vinyl records, too. The bulk of Mondo’s library consists of film soundtracks, with everything from Back to the Future to Cannibal Holocaust. There are some video game gems too, beyond the Death Stranding single. Mondo has produced soundtracks to Konami classics Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and Contra III: The Alien Wars, all with lavish sleeve art and vinyl design.Data DiscsIf you’re a fan of Sega games, Data Discs is the publisher for you. They’ve released vinyl soundtracks for ten classic Sega games, including Streets of Rage, Shenmue, Panzer Dragoon, and OutRun. My colleague Jeffrey Wilson is a huge Sega nerd, and he lent me his Streets of Rage record for this story. It’s a great album, with red vinyl, art from the arcade cabinet, and sound sampled directly from the original NEC PC-88 version. However, it doesn’t have “Go Straight,” which makes it inferior to the Streets of Rage 2 album. They’re super limited runs, so good luck finding them at their original price, but you can find a few on Amazon for close to retail, including Golden Axe I and II, Revenge of Shinobi, and Thunder Blade.Band RecordsIndividual bands do some pretty great things with video game music, too. Besides The Cover Up, which is just covers of 80s songs (“Mr. Roboto,” “Danger Zone,” “In the Air Tonight,” that sort of thing), the Protomen has a 7-inch single of their songs “This City Made Us” and “Hold Back the Night.” Surprisingly, they don’t have vinyl albums of The Protomen (Act I) and Act II: The Father of Death, which are basically acts in a rock opera inspired by Mega Man. Maybe they’ll release a three-record set when they finally put out Act III and tell the full story of Albert, Thomas, and Thomas’ sons.Powerglove is video game and cartoon-themed power metal, and they were tapped by Ubisoft to do the soundtrack to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, arguably the last great Far Cry game. It’s a future-of-the-80s neon monstrosity with lasers and feathered hair, so they were perfect for it. And Ubisoft released the soundtrack on vinyl! Sadly, like the Protomen, Powerglove hasn’t yet pressed its classic albums like Saturday Morning Apocalypse and Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man, though they are available on CD. You can even stream Saturday Morning Apocalypse if you’re a member of Amazon Prime or Spotify.Incidentally, I’ve seen Powerglove live, and you haven’t truly appreciated metal until you’ve been in a ballroom filled with extreme metalheads singing along to the season one Pokemon theme.I still think vinyl is fairly stupid as a storage medium. Yes, it’s analog, but it doesn’t offer a better sound than a good high-bitrate or lossless digital format, and the data density is lower than a cassette’s. The feelings self-styled audiophiles have for vinyl are a nostalgic placebo effect caused by handling the big, single-purpose discs, the ritual of playing them, and the clear audio flaws of the technology. Although I collect old video game cartridges, so I’m just a gigantic hypocrite. And these huge dumb laserdiscs-for-ears are still pretty great for wall art. ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘The Warriors’ Get the Waxwork Records TreatmentVinyl Record Sales Show No Signs of Slowing in 2019 Stay on target
MovieBob has covered some pretty spooky movies over the years. See his reviews for Indisdeious: The Last Key and Annabelle: Creation. Bob will be covering The Nun, and you can catch the video and all of his columns for Geek here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target The Serpent And The RainbowWhile most of the films on this list use European religion as their starting point, Wes Craven’s 1988 Serpent and the Rainbow looks elsewhere – to Haiti and the indigenous voudoun. Based very loosely on a nonfiction book, it follows a Harvard anthropologist who ventures to the island on a project for a pharmaceutical company looking to explore legends of reanimation after death. He’s skeptical but soon finds out that the zombies are very real. Of course, things swiftly spiral wildly out of control as the country’s political unrest crosses over with his journey into the land of the dead. Rosemary’s BabyHelplessness is a key element of a lot of horror movies, and Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby hits that from a few different angles. When young couple Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse move into a New York apartment building, their lives rapidly begin to change in unusual ways. They decide to have a baby, and that’s when things really start getting weird. Turns out the residents of the building are all members of a Satanic cult looking to bring the Antichrist into the world using Rosemary’s womb as the host. This flick ratchets up the terror as it goes, and it’s widely considered one of the best in the genre. The Nun drops in theaters this week – the fifth installment in the remarkably successful Conjuring series takes us back into the past to flesh out the backstory of the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2. Religious iconography is nothing new for horror films, of course – directors have been playing with the spiritual world since the dawn of the medium. The sacred is where we normal people let the invisible world willingly into our lives, so it’s not surprising that artists would use that trust to create fear. In advance of the new movie, we thought we’d run down eleven must-see flicks that use religion as the base for their terror.The Wicker ManRobin Hardy’s 1973 thriller is all about the essential mystery of religion and how it can seem absolutely insane from the outside. When detective Neil Howie comes to Summerisle in search of a missing child, he discovers that the residents of the isolated island have embraced their pagan heritage of free love and human sacrifice. The contrast between Howie’s Christianity and the locals’ unbridled old time religion leads to some very surprising outcomes, and the film’s climax is legendary. The 2006 Nicolas Cage remake has some fun overacting and memeable scenes, but the original is far superior. The SacramentTi West is one of our favorite modern horror directors, and his 2013 found footage flick The Sacrament turns the lens on the cult lifestyle. Two journalists accompany a man as he travels to the community of Eden Parish to visit his sister. When they get there, they quickly discover that things are spiraling wildly out of control as the group’s leader, known only as Father, has let his paranoia take over. With strong parallels to the Jonestown cult suicide, this one moves a little slowly but really cuts into what makes people put their trust in cults, and Gene Jones gives a great, conflicted performance as Father. Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Trailer11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People Parts Don’t Torture A DucklingItalian director Lucio Fulci is known for his gory zombie movies, but when he turned his eye on religion he created this underrated flick. A detective is sent to a small village to solve a string of child murders and discovers that the populace is deeply superstitious. With multiple suspects including a deranged hill witch, the atmosphere of tension and paranoia ratchets up until the true culprit is revealed – the well-loved village priest, who has been murdering the children so they will die without sin and not grow up to offend God. Pretty nasty stuff, all things considered. God Told Me ToLarry Cohen is one of the most iconoclastic exploitation film directors of all time, a dude who followed his impulses to create some all-time cult classics. His 1976 masterpiece God Told Me To is a claustrophobic, panic-inducing story of a Catholic NYPD detective who discovers a murder wave where every perpetrator claims God instructed them to slaughter innocents. Things get weirder and weirder from there – and once the flick starts bringing in Chariots of the Gods-style Ancient Aliens stuff it’s arguably a little silly, but the gritty intensity carries it through. Prince Of DarknessAny horror listing is incomplete without at least one John Carpenter movie, and his bizarre 1987 Prince of Darkness takes a characteristically cock-eyed view of the Antichrist. When a crew of physics student are asked by a priest to investigate a strange cylinder in the church’s basement, they discover that Satan isn’t a red guy with horns but rather an amorphous green fluid that can possess people and is working to bring an even more powerful malevolent entity through a mirror into our dimension. This low-budget effort wasn’t popular with critics but really packs a surreal, unpleasant punch. The ExorcistAn all-time classic of the genre, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist was a revelation when it hit theaters in 1973. The demon that takes over young Regan MacNeil comes from out of nowhere, operating on its own malevolent logic to torment her family and the priests who try to eject it. This film really set the bar for how to incorporate religious themes in horror, as the battle takes place in the souls of the characters even as the puke flies in the real world. The way Pazuzu is eventually defeated – sorry for the spoiler on the 45-year-old movie here – is all about the essential Christian virtue of self-sacrifice. Alice, Sweet AliceAlfred Sole’s 1976 slasher flick has built a cult reputation over the last few decades for its unsparing use of Catholicism as a backdrop for heinous crimes. When 9-year-old Karen is murdered on the day of her first communion, her sister Alice becomes the prime suspect. What follows is an intricate web of fake-outs and double-crosses as the real culprit is revealed, motivated by her desire to punish sinners she sees as being unfairly coddled by the Church. With lurid visuals and intense violence, this is one movie that still holds a potent punch long after its first release. Children Of The CornBased on a Stephen King short story, this 1984 flick does a lot with a little. The town of Gatlin, Nebraska is in the thrall of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” a discorporate creature who compels the kids to slaughter everybody over 18. The creepy cult of the cornfields is obviously influenced by the Amish and other societies that stand apart from the modern world, and the child actors deliver great performances. Many religions can seem totally insane to outsiders, and Children Of The Corn leverages that essential discomfort to create something pretty scary. MartyrsPascal Laugier’s 2008 horror film uses the many abuse scandals of the church as a springboard for a deeply unsettling story of revenge. Lucie Jurin is a young girl who was horrifically and systematically tortured by a group of people looking to discover what happens after death by pushing “martyrs” past the limits of their endurance. When she escapes, it kicks off one of the most intense New Wave horror flicks of recent years. This one’s not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, as it’s got some vicious gore sequences leading up to the unsettling climax. Don’t bother with the 2015 American remake.
TCI NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING Recommended for you TCI REPRESENTED BY EIGHT ATHLETES AT NACAC GAMES IN TRINIDAD MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas Department of Labour will launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal, PCRecruiter, on July 21, 2017 to enhance employee placement services. The recruiting and staffing software was first introduced in 2006. However an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the department’s recruitment process is underway.The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).With levels of unemployment being a matter of national concern, the Department continues to respond to the needs of those job seekers and employers alike through this online data portal that populates data and accordingly matches candidates for suitable available job opportunities.Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour describes this upgrade as “exciting times at the Department.” She emphasized her continued passion for seeing Bahamian job seekers benefit from the opportunity to be employed in roles they qualify for and desire. She stated, “it’s been a long time coming and I am pleased about the upcoming training and launch of the upgraded PCRecruiter system. It is a successful tool for job seekers as well as employers who seek to fill vacancies with suitable Bahamians.”The effectiveness of the system hinges on registration of job seekers as well as registration of employers with job opportunities they wish to fill. The inventory of available jobs will be easily accessible once employers enter their job vacancies in the skills bank.For employers already enrolled – the process requires their signing in and editing their registration information.For employers across The Bahamas who have not yet registered, they are all encouraged to do so by logging intoskillsbank.bahamas.gov.bs where they can create or edit job vacancies, view interviews from job seekers, or browse the database of job seekers.Job seekers must also register in the online skills bank; thereafter they will be able to view job vacancies, post resumes, enquire about jobs, and update their accounts and resumes periodically. Employed individuals wishing to explore options are encouraged to register their skills and qualifications into the skills database system. Similarly, students or citizens residing abroad who are desirous of returning home and wish to secure employment options in advance are encouraged to register.Director of Labour, Mr. A. Robert Farquharson shared that high schools and other local institutions of higher education such as the University of The Bahamas can look forward to teams from the department’s Public Employment Services Unit scheduling tours and visits to their campuses in order to encourage students preparing to enter the work force to register with the skills bank.Individuals who prefer to come in person to register for the PCRecruiter database may visit any Department of Labour sub-office in New Providence or the Family Islands. New Providence locations include Rosetta Street, Robinson Road and Carmichael Road. Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.There are no fees associated with the service.For more information on The Bahamas Department of Labour, visit http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/labourThe Bahamas’ Department of Labour is a division of the Ministry of Labour and has responsibility for fostering good industrial relations between employees and employers, while promoting a high level of employment, productivity, human rights and the Decent Work Agenda in accordance with international standards for all citizens and residents of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.Units within the Department include Industrial Relations (Conciliations), Public Employment Services (Employment Exchange) and the Inspectorate (Occupational Health and Safety).The Bahamas Department of Labour, located on Rosetta Street, facilitates Employment Assistance Services, Employee Placement Services, Formation and Registration of Trade Unions, Reports of Trade Disputes, Registration for Employment, Maritime, Registration of Industrial Agreements and Occupational Health and Safety.There are also two New Providence sub-offices located on Robinson Road and Carmichael Road. Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MinistryOfLabour, #PressRelease
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has conceded that signing Nantes striker Emiliano Sala now seems unlikely, but has refused to give up hope.Sala has been impressive for Nantes this season, scoring 12 goals and providing 2 assists in 16 matches for the French Ligue 1 club.Cardiff boss Warnock was confident of capturing his signature in January but was left disappointed after Nantes hiked up his transfer fee.“We’re looking as best we can at where we can get players in really but at the moment, it looks very much like a loan market to us,” Warnock told Sky Sports.Report: Miguel Cardoso sacked again George Patchias – August 28, 2019 Miguel Cardoso has been sacked for the third time in 12 months.There is one thing that all football managers know, and that is, from…“But that might change. I think everything seems to change so dramatically at our club at times. I wouldn’t say it’s dead in the water, but it’s highly unlikely at the moment.“I’d like to think I’ve got one [deal to sign a player] close, but you just never know in the game.“It’s so difficult, the higher you go. The Championship was a little bit easier in January but in the Premier League, you’ve got to get the best in.”
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PORTLAND (AP) — Nearly 40 percent of Oregon high school graduates do not attend college, a number that puts the state behind the national average and far behind the state’s goal of getting 80 percent of its young people to earn a college credential.Those numbers will confine a large share of Oregon’s future workforce to low-wage jobs, The Oregonian reported.A clearinghouse of national enrollment data found that among Oregon’s high school class of 2011, just 61 percent enrolled in a college or community college anywhere in the country by fall 2012.The national average is 68 percent.Two years ago, Oregon adopted a formal goal of getting 40 percent of its young people to earn a four-year degree and 40 percent an associate’s degree or industry certificate.Generally, the number of students who go on to college from any given Oregon district closely tracks the number of graduates whose families aren’t low-income.The district serving the state’s wealthiest neighborhood, the Riverdale School District, sent 86 percent of its 2011 graduates to college. No other district appeared close to meeting the 80 percent mark.
Dear Wilmington residents,For those in Wilmington who don’t yet know Jomarie O’Mahony, I can only tell you that you’re missing out. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jomarie for five years, and each and every one of them was an absolute pleasure be it a professional or social encounter. One of the most famous “Good Guys” in town, Jomarie is well known for her leadership, organization, but above all, positivism. She has clarity, vision, and planning that go far beyond the ordinary, which is why I encourage all to consider and vote for Jomarie as Wilmington’s next Board of Selectman.I could touch on the fact as a busy mother Jomarie still found the time to help organize the largest charity in town. I could also touch on the fact that she’s personally dedicated hundreds of hours a year to volunteering, all while working full time as an attorney for children in the foster care system. But what I really want to point out is that despite hugely impacting our community by helping organize events like the Festival of Trees, Jomarie strives to do more; and for all the right reasons.Wilmington has an abundance of qualified people this year, each with their own idea of Wilmington’s future. Topics like working to develop senior housing, filling in commercial space, and continuing Wilmington’s education excellence are all planned, and are high on Jomarie’s list of things to do. The beauty of electing her is that she has decades of experience with navigating state and local bureaucracy as a public and private attorney, organizing and coordinating budgets, and handling large scale events and issues. She is experienced, seasoned, passionate, and capable. Jomarie has proven for years that she loves our town, and done so with a smile. Again, I urge all residents consider Jomarie this April.Sincerely,Representative David RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”
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A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters File PhotoSome 647,000 new arrivals of Rohingyas were reported as of 12 December, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) report released on Wednesday, reports UNB.The increase in the number of refugees is not as a result of a significant influx of refugees across the border, but instead due to strengthened assessments, said the UN Migration Agency.The full report and dataset will be available in the coming days.This report, produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners, covered the 8-11 December period.
Journal information: Animal Cognition Citation: Study suggests virgin male mice prefer watching violence to watching sex (2016, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-virgin-male-mice-violence-sex.html To better understand why humans behave the way they do, scientists sometimes study the behavior of other animals—in this case, the researchers set up experiments with common house mice to learn more about what drives them to make behavioral decisions.The researchers conducted two main types of experiments. In the first, test mice were shown a loop of video on an iPhone that randomly depicted mice sniffing, fighting or having sex with one another. Those mice were then transferred to a cage that had side pockets that mice could enter and stay for as long as they liked—the attraction was video playing on an iPod. Two such trials were conducted, one where mice could watch either sniffing or sex, the other where they could watch either fighting or sex. The team found that on average, the mice spent 41 percent of their time watching sex compared to 34 percent sniffing in the first exercise and 40 percent of their time watching fighting versus 35 percent watching sex in the second—this indicates, the team claims, that the mice prefer to watch fighting most, then sex, then sniffing. Subsequent trials involved showing different clips of the same types of activities and offering rewards to the mice when they learned to recognize the difference between behaviors, to prove that they were responding to specific activities and not just the images in one video.In the second series of exercises, the researchers once again allowed the mice to choose the same type of videos, but this time the mice got an injection of morphine as they entered their miniature theater. Not surprisingly, the researchers found that the mice tended to come back to that theater no matter what was playing. © 2016 Phys.org Serotonin plays active role in the sexual preference of mice Credit: martha sexton/public domain More information: Shigeru Watanabe et al. Preference for and discrimination of videos of conspecific social behavior in mice, Animal Cognition (2016). DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-0953-xAbstractWe showed mice videos of three conspecific social behaviors, namely sniffing, copulation, and fighting, in pairwise combinations using iPods and evaluated preference as determined by time spent in front of each iPod. Mice preferred the copulation video to the sniffing video, the fighting video to the sniffing video, and the fighting video to the copulation video. In Experiment 1a, we used a single video clip for each social behavior but used multiple video clips for each social behavior in Experiment 2a. Next, we trained mice to discriminate between the fighting and copulation videos using a conditioned-place-preference-like task in which one video was associated with injection of morphine and the other was not. For half of the subjects, the fighting video was associated with morphine injection, and for the other half, the copulation video was associated with morphine injection. After conditioning, the mice stayed longer in the compartment with the morphine-associated video. When tested with still images obtained from the videos, mice stayed longer in the compartment with still images from the video associated with morphine injection (Experiment 1b). When we trained mice with multiple exemplars, the subjects showed generalization of preference for new video clips never shown during conditioning (Experiment 2b). These results demonstrate that mice had a preference among videos of particular behavior patterns and that they could discriminate these videos as visual category. Although relationship between real social behaviors and their videos is still open question, the preference tests suggest that the mice perceived the videos as meaningful stimuli. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers working in Japan has found via experiments they conducted, that male virgin mice prefer to watch videos of other mice fighting with one another, than videos of mice having sex. In their paper published in the journal Animal Cognition, Shigeru Watanabe with Keio University, Kazutaka Shinozuka with the RIKEN Brain Science Institute and Takefumi Kikusui with Azabu University, all in Japan, report on behavioral experiments they conducted with house mice and what they believe their findings suggest about mouse behavior.
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The UK needs to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deathsUK official told gay asylum seeker ‘to find religion and be cured’This is what it’s like to be bisexual in UgandaRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bisexual-asylum-seeker-suicide/ Orashia Edwards, originally from Jamaica, is in limbo. His case will be reviewed in 2020.This is just one story of the Rainbow Rush, showing the ineptitude and ignorance of the UK Home Office when dealing with LGBTI asylum seekers.Asylum seeker’s mental health has taken severe turn, suffering suicidal thoughtsWhen Orashia Edwards, originally from Jamaica, came to the UK and filed an asylum claim he was rejected.They delayed to make the decision for five years.While he was in a relationship with a man, the UK government did not believe him as he was previously married to a woman.In the two-and-a-half years since his reprieve, his partner Michael died of a heart attack.Orashia is now in a relationship with a woman. His mother Vienna fears this fact will be used against him in an upcoming court date.Both Vienna and Orashia’s mental health has taken severe turns for the worse. Mother and son are being treated for anxiety and suicidal thoughts.‘With all the stress and trauma we both went through, Orashia’s brain has been blown out,’ Vienna told Gay Star News. .‘I’m always worried something’s going to happen if he is put on a plane. I can’t settle. I’m always worried fearing I’ve lost him.’‘Bisexual asylum seekers are treated differently to gay ones’ Bisexual flag. | mary / FlickrAllan Briddock, a barrister and trustee of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, has encouraged both mother and son to stay hopeful. An asylum seeker and his mother has said the British immigration system has driven him to consider thoughts of suicide. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- He said he believes because he told the courts he was bisexual in the first instance, being with a woman will not have a detrimental effect on his case.‘Bisexual asylum seekers are treated differently to gay ones,’ Allan Briddock, a barrister and trustee of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, added.‘The Home Office has just about understood there’s such a thing as a gay identity, but just doesn’t understand there’s a bisexual identity.’In a worldwide investigation published in February, Gay Star News exposed the institutional biphobia that is killing bi asylum seekers around the world.Rainbow RushThe UK has recently faced widespread backlash after the Windrush scandal. Around 57,000 people, who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries in the 50s and 60s, were suddenly considered ‘illegal immigrants’. This led to several people facing forced removal from a country they have lived their whole lives.The Conservative party, in a policy instituted by Prime Minister Theresa May, aimed for an ‘ambitious target’ to deport immigrants in the UK. This scandal then led to the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.LGBTI people are often the worst victims of the asylum system in the UK.Data shows the Home Office, in the past two years, have turned away two thirds of the 3,535 gay or bi asylum applications. Many of these people have true stories, and are victims of some of the worst personal traumas imaginable. However when they come to the UK, they are treated with suspicion, discrimination and appear to be sent home to fulfil a ‘quota’.The Home Office has denied claims its practices are prejudiced.A spokesperson said: ‘The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it and we do not deport anyone at risk of persecution because of their sexuality.’Activists are now calling on the UK government to drastically change the way they operate asylum and ensure people are not returned to homophobic countries.All this week, Gay Star News will be posting stories about asylum and immigration around the Rainbow Rush scandal. On Thursday, we will post an open letter calling for the UK government to change its stance on LGBTI asylum seekers. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Vienna Browne with her son Orashia Edwards, pictured centre, his sister Ashema Edwards, far right, and her wife Issy Mangham-Edwards eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)