Will Royalties Kill The Streaming Rdio Star?

first_imgTags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffitt The ongoing tug-of-war between musicians, record labels and digital content providers inched a little more towards artists this week with the introduction of an innovative paid-referral plan from streaming provider Rdio. The new program pays artists a flat $10 fee for every user they refer, a rare form of direct-to-artist revenue in the music streaming business. But it’s only the latest move to renegotiate the flow of money in the world of digital music – and now even Congress is weighing in.Rdio’s artist program is trying to play to both artists’ vanity and their pocket books. Not only will musicians get an immediate benefit for any new subscriber that joins Rdio, if they can help boost Rdio’s current 10-million-user subscriber base to challenge Spotify’s reported 33 million users, that should also increase overall payments to artists from royalties down the road. Of course, other than that up-front fee, Rdio’s royalty payments won’t provide much padding for musicians’ wallets, primarily because Rdio, like competing services Spotify and MOG, pays royalties directly to the record labels, not to the artists.Where The Streaming Music Money GoesAll three of these services essentially negotiate their royalty rates with the record labels in the same way – directly – which can take forever. Royalty arguments actually delayed Spotify’s entrance into the U.S. market by two years, and according to Casey Rae, co-director of the Future of Music Coalition, the three major U.S. labels ended up taking an equity stake in Spotify to make sure they could squeeze every last drop of juice from the service provider.Since these deals are private, it is not known how much each service has to pay to individual labels. It is estimated that Spotify pays anywhere from 70% to 97% of its subscription-based revenue to music distributors, depending on who you ask.Pandora, on the other hand, handles things differently, Rae emphasized in a recent interview. “Pandora can play anything it wants,” he explained. “Their license is a statutory license that pays the artist directly.” The royalty is split down the middle with a music label if the artist is signed with one.That rate, as the law proscribes, amounts to over 50% of Pandora’s revenue. As a non-interactive music streaming service, Pandora has to pay the highest rate bracket within the statute, far higher than satellite or cable TV providers have to pay for their music streaming services. Broadcasters, meanwhile, don’t have to pay anything, unless they stream their content on the Internet, at which point they have to pay the same rates as a service like Pandora or Clear Channel.The Laws of the LandTwo bills now in Congress are set to adjust the rate schedule for these services toward what could be more fair treatment of the streaming services.First is the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, which would adjust the royalty rate that music streaming services have to pay down to match the levels that cable/satellite providers pay. Broadcast stations still pay nothing.Second is the Interim Fairness in Radio Starting Today Act , which takes the opposite approach and would increase the cable/satellite provider rate to match that of the streaming providers’ – and remove the exemption for broadcasters.Needless to say, artists and record labels are much more excited about the latter bill. The music industry already complains about how little it receives from streaming broadcasters, and undoubtedly would express outrage at any reduction in royalty rates.The Last Song A service like Pandora, which has to scale up its royalty payments as more subscribers join, is already dealing with the clash between revenues it generates and the royalties it has to pay. Without a reduction in statutory payments, it is not clear how long Pandora will continue to operate.Rdio, Spotify and MOG, since they have negotiated deals with the content providers separately, would be unaffected by either of these bills passing into law. But they can’t take on much more royalty payments either. Spotify alone lost $57 million in 2011, even as it pulled in $236 million in revenue.It’s a complex, contentious issue, but unless the the royalty issues get worked out, the future of Rdio and its streaming music competitors is in jeopardy. If it costs more for them to license the music they stream than the revenue they can generate from it, they won’t stay in business long. But if they raise prices dramitically to cover royalty payments, they risk losing subscribers who can’t justify the higher fees. And as usual, you can bet that the artists, not the music companies or streaming services, will be last in line to get paid.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Google Bans Adult Content From Glass, But Porn Always Finds A Way

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#Glass#Google#pornography Porn has long been one of the leading content sectors of the Internet. Yet, it is getting shut out from the latest cutting-edge mobile device coming down the pike, Google Glass.Google updated its developer policies for creating Google Glass apps (called Glassware) over the weekend to ban sexually explicit material, building an Apple-like walled garden for Google Glass.From the content policies, Section D – 1 of Google’s Glass platform developer policies:We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.This will come as a disappointment to any people that desired to see naked, copulating bodies hover in their line of vision all day long. Or developers looking to serve those people. (See Also: 5 Socially Unacceptable Things To Do With Google Glass)Porn’s Leading Innovator Already Has An App For GlassThe news comes as leading adult mobile app maker MiKandi is ready to release a porn app on Glass called “Tits and Glass” (NSFW). It would allow users to browse adult content and vote on it. Also, since one of the prime features of Glass is the fact it is a camera attached to your face, MiKandi allowed for users to shoot their own videos with Glass and upload them to the site. MiKandi has its own adult app store for Android. Google bans adult content from the Google Play Android app store, but MiKandi apps can be side-loaded as third-party apps outside of Google’s purview. It is likely that the MiKandi Google Glass app could also be side-loaded, but that would likely mean a user would have to root their Glass, which Google has explicitly said will void their warranty (while also showing them just how to do it). You have to give credit to MiKandi for realizing the potential of Google Glass as a porn distribution mechanism. The ability to watch porn as a small screen hovering above your eye really could bring a whole new kind of, err, interaction to the medium. Just as happened with smartphones, many industries are probing the capabilities of Glass, from content properties like the New York Times to social networks like Path to real estate platform Trulia. Porn Always Finds A WayGoogle may be able to stop an app maker like MiKandi from creating porn apps for Glass, but there’s really nothing Google can do about people who want to record and upload their sexual adventures. With Glass, Google has given people cameras. It just so happens these cameras are attached to peoples’ faces. Google cannot regulate what people do with their own cameras or where they upload that content. There may not be much Google can do in the long run against porn on Glass. Porn has taken over many other mediums on the Internet, despite efforts to fight against it. Tumblr is notorious for porn and Instagram has its own shadowy porn subculture. Google can threaten porn developers with bans of their Glassware developer licenses or other such penalties. But, as we have seen through the history of the Internet, porn finds a way.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a DSLR for Filmmaking

first_imgThinking about buying a new DSLR camera for video projects? Think again. Here are five reasons why videographers may want to avoid DSLRs.Top image via ShutterstockOver the last few years, DSLRs have slowly become overshadowed by their mirrorless camera counterparts. While professional photographers may disagree, mirrorless cameras have many advantages over DSLRs that make them great choices for indie filmmakers and video professionals. Don’t believe me? Here are a few reasons why you should not buy a DSLR next time you purchase a camera for video production.1. DSLRs Are OverpricedImage via Android AuthorityDSLR cameras are incredibly overpriced. Dollar for dollar, you’re going to spend almost double on a DSLR camera compared to a mirrorless camera. This is usually because DSLR cameras come from tried-and-true photography camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon, whereas mirrorless cameras tend to come from companies that are not quite as accepted in the pro photography community, like Panasonic and Sony.As an example, you can purchase a brand new Panasonic GH4 for about $1,200 online. A GH4 will have 4k recording capabilities and give you the ability to shoot multiple recording formats. However, the comparable Canon 5D Mark III goes for about $2,200 and can’t record video in 4K. While the 5D Mark III is good for photography, it has to be hacked with Magic Lantern in order to access its full video functionalities. This inevitably leads to annoyances on set and in the editing bay.2. DSLRs Are BulkyImage via Photography ConcentrateWhen it comes to filmmaking, camera size doesn’t typically matter. At the end of the day, it comes down to the quality of footage you’re getting. However, there’s something to be said about shooting on a highly portable camera, especially at weddings and other live events. If you’re going to be shooting all day on a shoulder rig, Glidecam, or Steadicam, you probably don’t want to be using a gigantic camera like the URSA mini or even a larger DSLR.This is where mirrorless cameras come into play. Because mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror-box mechanism, they’re smaller and lighter than their DSLR counterparts.  This will make it much easier on your arms if you’re shooting for long periods of time.3. Mirrorless Cameras Are More RevolutionaryImage via B&HThere was a time when DSLR cameras were at the cutting edge of camera technology — but that’s no longer the case. Mirrorless camera manufacturers are capable of updating their cameras much quicker than DSLR camera manufacturers.Just look at the Sony a7S series of cameras. In a little over a year, Sony was able to create the a7S, a truly revolutionary low-light camera, and create a second version that added 4k recording and increased frame rates. Canon and Nikon, on the other hand, have been very slow to update their cameras. For example, the Canon 5D Mark III hasn’t been updated in over four years.4. Mirrorless Cameras Are FasterImage via ShutterstockThe interface on mirrorless cameras tends to be much faster to use than the interface found on DSLRs. In general, whenever you want to shoot on a mirrorless camera, you can be up and running in just a matter of seconds. However, to go from powering up to recording video on a DSLR, it’s typically going to take you longer. While this isn’t that big of a deal when shooting a narrative film, it could be the difference between getting that perfect shot or missing it completely when shooting a documentary.5. DSLRs FORCE You to Watch Video on an LCD ScreenImage via ShutterstockBy their very nature, DSLR cameras will not allow you to look through the viewfinder when recording video. This is because the mirror-box mechanism of a DSLR has to lift up and block the viewfinder from seeing what’s coming through the lens. This probably doesn’t make much of a difference if you’re shooting indoors — but on a sunny day, you might have a difficult time seeing what’s on your screen. This is where mirrorless cameras begin to shine.On a mirrorless camera, you can simply look through the viewfinder or the LCD screen. DSLRs, on the other hand, only show you what’s coming through your lens when looking through the viewfinder, and not what’s hitting the camera sensor. This is usually a bigger deal when shooting photography, but if you read this blog, chances are you probably shoot a little photography as well.Do you still prefer to shoot on DSLRs or have mirrorless cameras become your tool of choice? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And orchestrating Perpetual’s offense was Necelle Gual who had 41 excellent sets.Aira Binondo led EAC with 13 points. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cindy Imbo goes up for a kill. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help climbed to the third spot after fending off woeful Emilio Aguinaldo College in five sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament  Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas improved to 3-1, just half a game behind second seed San Beda that has a 3-0 card, while the Lady Generals stayed at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Players get chance to show skills to scouts in PBA D-League Showdown Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities This was Perpetual’s second straight five-setter win after the Altas trumped Season 92 runner-up San Sebastian, and  Lady Altas head coach Macky Cariño believes it is testament to the team’s character.“Those two straight five-set wins became a test of our character because if you really don’t have that strength within you will fail,” said Cariño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual saw five of its players display the fortitude Cariño looked for with Cindy Imbo leading the bunch with 17 points.Captain Maria Tripoli and Maria Clemente each had 15 points for the Lady Altas while Allysa Sangalang and Hershey Llorente added 11 and 10 points, respectively.last_img read more

Windows version of flagship Alcatel Idol 4 Pro leaked in images

first_imgAlcatel showcased the Idol 4s last month at the MWC. The device hasn’t hit the shelves yet but according to a few reports that have surfaced recently, the company might also launch a Windows 10 variant with flagship specifications, dubbed Idol 4 Pro. The report and image is sourced from popular tipster,@evleaks. Considering the track record and credibility of the source, the smartphone company might soon launch the device with both Android powered as well as Windows powered variants. The Windows version of the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro might come equipped with a Snapdragon 820 chipset and will sport a 1080p display. By the looks of it, the device will join the growing trend of glass and metal built flagship devices and the leaked image of the Idol 4 Pro seems to borrow their design language from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7. Since there is no official confirmation as yet, the Windows version might hit the shelves a few weeks later than its Android variant.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: FIFA to review fair play tiebreaker after Senegal’s exit

first_imgFIFA will look into the newly-introduced fair play tiebreaker system, which led to the elimination of Senegal from the FIFA World Cup 2018 because they had more yellow cards than Japan.Senegal lost 1-0 to Colombia in their final group match while Japan lost 1-0 to Poland at the same time. Since they both had the same points and the same goal difference, it came to the fair play system. Japan advanced to the Round of 16 based on the fact that they had lesser yellow cards than Senegal.The rule, which is being used in the World Cup for the first time, caused quite a stir because many felt Japan used it to their advantage after it became increasingly obvious that the rule will be required to come to decision in Group H.Japan barely attacked in the end of its 1-0 loss to Poland — preferring instead to take a safety first approach against a team that was already out of contention — because it was due to qualify on its disciplinary record ahead of Senegal. At the time, Senegal was losing 1-0 to Colombia, which jumped from third spot to top of the group.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We will review after this World Cup, we will see what the feedback and the situation is,” FIFA’s competition director Colin Smith said Friday, “but as it currently stands we don’t see any need to change.”Previously the situation would have been resolved with the drawing of lots, which would have meant that during the game, no team would have been assured of going through in the same circumstances.advertisementROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE”What we want to avoid is the drawing of lots. We believe that teams should go forward on their performance and what happens on the pitch, not in a draw bowl,” Smith said. “The preference is that slots and teams advancing is on the basis of goals and results and there’s clear winners.” He said the ‘fair play’ rule was clear to all teams.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATSSmith added that FIFA had no complaint about England’s 1-0 loss to Belgium on Thursday, which was widely likened to a friendly game because of the combined 17 changes to the starting lineups and perceived lack of attacking intent. Both teams had already qualified for the knockout stages, and the losing team could face lower-ranked opponents in subsequent rounds.Also read – World Cup 2018: Heartbreak for Senegal, Tunisia sign off with a win”Fans who have paid money” deserve to see competitive games, Smith said, but he added that he Adnan Januzaj’s curling shot for Belgium’s goal showed the game was indeed competitive.”If Belgium didn’t want to win, they obviously forgot to tell the goalscorer,” Smith said, “Because it was a cracker.”(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Ferry Service Update The Englishtown Ferry is back in service today, Dec. 22. It was shut down Tuesday because of high winds. The Little Narrows Ferry also was taken out of service Tuesday to replace the cable. Bad weather has slowed the arrival of the replacement cable so the ferry is expected to be out of service until Friday, Dec. 24. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img

Stormbattered Quebec towns preparing for effects of changing climate

first_imgMONTREAL – The windswept archipelago of Iles-de-la-Madeleine used to spend most of every winter firmly encased in the ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, protected from the worst effects of winter storms.But warmer temperatures in recent years mean the surrounding waters are more often ice-free, leaving the eastern Quebec island chain at the mercy of battering waves that eat away at the coastline and put vital infrastructure at risk.“When I was young and came home to the islands for Christmas, as of January the islands were surrounded, we were trapped in the ice,” Serge Bourgeois, planning director in Iles-de-la-Madeleine, said in an interview.“Now, the difference is so palpable that we’re more likely to remember winters when there is ice than those when there isn’t.”The town has recently had to move observation sites and a bicycle path away from the receding coast, and is facing the prospect of costlier adjustments in the next five years as the erosion creeps closer to more crucial infrastructure, according to Bourgeois.Other towns along the gulf and the St. Lawrence River are facing similar issues, as warming temperatures accelerate the age-old processes of erosion and flooding, according to Guillaume Marie, a geography professor and erosion specialist at the Universite du Quebec in Rimouski.“While we’re not seeing an increase in the number of storms in the St. Lawrence River and gulf, we’re seeing an increase in the number of storms that have an impact on the coast, which show there are fewer ice floes to protect them,” he said in a phone interview.With the funding of the Quebec government, the university has embarked on a multi-year project to study coastal resilience and develop tools to help eastern Quebec communities adapt to the realities of climate change.In many cases, this will mean making difficult and costly choices about what infrastructure to save and what to sacrifice, Marie says.Possible adaptation measures can include building rock walls or piles of stones, building bypasses around towns in case main roads are damaged, adding sand to beaches and planting vegetation on dunes — a natural way to try to both break up waves and prevent erosion.The best solution, Marie says, is to avoid building in risky areas — but that doesn’t help people who already live in those zones.For now, the university is consulting with towns in order to help them assess priorities, evaluate what’s working, and develop future strategies to mitigate or repair the damage.In many towns, the process is already underway.Perce, near the tip of the Gaspe peninsula, is in the midst of a vast coastal reconstruction project that gained new urgency last winter after its seaside boardwalk was washed away in a winter storm.The project, which is being financed by the province, involves first shoring up the beach with huge volumes of sand and pebbles, followed by an eventual boardwalk rebuild.Just north of Perce, the town of Gaspe has tightened its regulations to prevent new construction in certain zones after a higher-than-usual amount of flooding in the last 10 years, with more studies underway.“We are committed to continually refining our knowledge of these areas and studies are currently under way to characterize our wetlands and coastal areas,” Gaspe spokesman Jerome Tardif wrote in an email.Some towns, including Iles-de-la-Madeleine, have already had to make the unpopular decision to relocate people and homes, and Bourgeois says more tough decisions are coming.There’s no question the roads that link the islands will need to be shored up. But what about the La Grave historical site, the location of the island’s earliest settlement and fishery?“What do we do, as a collective?” he asked “Do we let the site go or try to find adaptation scenarios and put a price on it at the end of the line?”Bourgeois says that so far, he feels the Quebec government has been supporting towns’ efforts, especially when it comes to funding research and studies.But he’s wondering how the provincial and federal governments will react down the line, when more and more coastal towns are faced with huge rebuilding costs they can’t handle themselves.“If you add up the needs of coastal cities across Quebec and Canada, it’s going to be astronomical,” he said. “It’s then that we’ll know if governments are with the communities.”last_img read more

The Weeknd Just Got His Own HM Line

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement There once was a time we’d use descriptors like “shadowy,” “elusive” and “mysterious” when describing the Weeknd, but as all fans know at this point, those days are long gone. Driving that point home even further now is the news that Abel Tesfaye is becoming the new face of H&M.It’s been revealed that the Weeknd will be teaming up with the Swedish clothing retailer for a new menswear collection called “Spring Icons Selected by the Weeknd,” the Canadian Press reports. Twitterlast_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 49.07 points to 15,856.07.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 12.50 points to 23,429.26.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.17 points to 2,564.96.The Nasdaq composite index was down 4.86 points to 6,593.57.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.97 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 78.95 cents US.

SAIF in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

PNS SAIF is equipped with stat of the art equipment and sensors. It also carried Anti Submarine Z9EC helicopter. The ship is capable of operating in a in a multi-treat environment, it is equipped with multi role missiles and other modern weapons systems. The Ship has 14 Officers, 188 CPO’s and Sailors with Captain Jawad Ahmed as the Commanding Officer. Captain Jawad Ahmed joined Pakistan Navy in 1989 and got commission in 1992. In recognition to his meritorious services, Captain Jawad Ahmed has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military).As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently visit Sri Lanka ports. Such interactions are a part of the multi faceted professional relationship between the two navies, this partnerships is considered important by both countries for creating a secure maritime environment in the Indian Ocean. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is on a goodwill visit to the Tricomalee port from May 14-17, this visit signifies the strong diplomatic, cultural and military ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.The 123 meters long PNS SAIF (F-253) is a multi mission frigate capable of operating independently, or as part of Task force in a multi-threat environment, said a press release. The ships was commissioned in September, 2010 at Shanghai, China. PNS SAIF is the 2nd to bear name “SAIF”. This first ship to be named SAIF was Gracia Class Frigate (Ex USS Gracia FF-1040) which served Pakistan Navy till January 1994. read more

Accessibility at universities is a moral obligation advocate

“Disability is one element of the identity that makes a person whole,” says Rabia Kedhr, speaking in Brock’s Sankey Chamber.As a university student, Rabia Kedhr was accommodated, but she wasn’t always included. And that’s something higher education needs to change, she says.In a May 14 speech in Brock’s Sankey Chamber, the well-known accessibility advocate recalled, as a blind student, having to study alone in a room in the library. There was equipment to accommodate her, she said, but she was excluded from the normal study tips, gossip and other student bonding.“No one knew why Rabia went back to the secret room in the library,” she said. “While the rest of them went to study hall, I missed out on building those relationships. It excludes you from the norm.”Kedhr’s talk was sponsored by the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services and the University Accessibility Co-ordinator. She recalled an Economics professor who told her that, because of her blindness, “My style won’t work for you.” In the end, she managed to demonstrate to the university that her poor grade wasn’t because of her ability to learn, but because she wasn’t accommodated.She only knew about social events from her friends, she said. The events were mainly promoted through print advertisements, which weren’t accessible to her.These are examples of struggles students with disabilities face every day. The province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is part of creating a more accessible world, she said.“Equality in the context of disability means we have to create campus conditions that serve all of us,” she said. “We have to accept that people with disabilities and people without disabilities are, in fact, the same. We have to start from that common ground of belonging.”Kedhr is a consultant with DiversityworX, specializing in accessibility and social inclusion. She has more than 15 years of personal and professional experience in accessibility, community development and outreach with persons with disabilities.Future decisions on accessibility need to include people with disabilities, she said. And each organization needs “internal champions” who will fight for it.“In doing so, you contribute to the ultimate quality of life of every student,” she said. “Education is the true foundation of peace and prosperity. It’s the bedrock of any civilized society. We have a moral obligation to make it accessible.”Link:• University Accessibility Planning — Removing Barriers | Brock University• Human Rights | Brock University read more

PALS draws 4400 elementary students to Brock

It was during a visit in Grade 6 that Ian Pierce was left with a lasting impression of Brock University.Then a young Grimsby resident, Pierce came to Brock alongside his class through the Positive Active Living for Students (PALS) program and has never forgotten the fun-filled on-campus experience.Now a fourth-year Biological Sciences student, Pierce has since gone on to not only study at Brock, but to also take on a role as an instructor with the program that left its mark on him so many years ago.PALS, now in its 22nd year, welcomes about 4,400 elementary school children from 60 schools onto campus throughout May and June.The program encourages physical activity by introducing students to sports and activities they may not otherwise have access to, such as fencing, archery and rowing.Students from Ruth Thompson Middle School in Mississauga learn how to fence during a visit to the Positive Active Living for Students (PALS) program at Brock University.“The day resonated with me a lot,” Pierce said as he reflected on his trip to campus as a child.“I had never been to Brock before. I really got to see what the University was all about and what it had to offer.”The fond memories are a motivator for Pierce to ensure the students he works with each day are enjoying their time on campus.“I’m trying to give these kids the same experience that I had,” he said, while taking a break from showing proper archery form to a group from Ruth Thompson Middle School in Mississauga.“It’s not a job. It’s passing on your passion for physical activity to these students.”The PALS program has expanded since its inception more than two decades ago and continues to grow in popularity, said Megan Locker, Varsity Camps and Intramurals Co-ordinator.Classes participate from schools in Niagara, Halton and Peel, with students ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 8.“We have a lot of schools that come every year,” Locker said, adding June availability often fills up by December.“It’s a great way to get students on campus to see Brock and to visit our facilities,” she said.Classes participate in up to six activities per day, including swimming, flag rugby and lacrosse, among others.Locker said it’s not uncommon for teachers and parents of participating students to inquire about further participation in the various sports for their children.“It’s about getting students physically active while trying different things,” she said. “They may not like the typical soccer, volleyball and basketball played in gym class, but might like learning how to fence.”For PALS instructors, many of whom are on the path to become school teachers, the program is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children and networking with staff from many schools.“That practice and experience with kids is invaluable as they move on to the next step in their teaching career,” Locker said.The two-month PALS program is finished at the end of June, after which its instructors transition into working with Brock’s Summer Sports School for July and August.More information on the PALS program is available online. read more

NICIL seeking 30B for GuySuCo over 4 years

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$30B bond: GuySuCo appropriating funds for unauthorised expenses- SPU HeadOctober 2, 2018In “Business”GuySuCo’s liabilities: The nation needs to know what’s unfolding, what’s at stake- JagdeoJune 11, 2018In “Business”Any GuySuCo board headed by Thomas could be illegal – NandlallApril 17, 2018In “GuySuCo board illegal – Nandlall” The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) is seeking $30 billion in loans and investments to support the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as it’s remaining estates.The funding is expected to cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid.One of NICIL’s first acts since assuming responsibility for GuySuCo has also been to abruptly end the life of the old Board of Directors. Coming out of a special Board meeting, a decision was taken to have a new Board installed as of February 14, 2018.The NICIL Board has also handed down instructions to GuySuCo to freeze all hiring.NICIL’s Public Relations Consultant, Alex Graham, was quoted in the media outlining that  instructions have also been handed down to not renew any employee contracts that are in the process of expiring.“NICIL has begun working with the management team at the Corporation to implement management changes, some of these changes are already being implemented and more are expected to follow in the coming weeks,” Graham said.All of this, Graham related, is being done with the full cooperation of the management team of GuySuCo. He related that SPU head Colvin Heath-London, speaking after a meeting between the two teams, had stressed that profitability depended on the teamwork between NICIL and GuySuCo. read more

National asthma programme will save lives

first_imgAS WORLD ASTHMA Day is celebrated today, an alliance of medical and environmental experts has been formed that is calling for better air quality in Ireland.There are also calls for a National Asthma Programme to help save lives and benefit the half a million asthma sufferers in Ireland.INHALEThe INHALE (Ireland Needs Healthier Air and Lower Emissions) Alliance has welcomed the announcement from Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that he sees a ban on smoky coal being implemented within the next three years.Ireland has the fourth-highest prevalence of asthma worldwide, and more than one person dies from asthma every week in this country. The economic burden of asthma is estimated at €533 million per year.Formed by the Asthma Society of Ireland, the INHALE Alliance came together in recent weeks, having separately advocated for cleaner air across Ireland.Its members are  Dr Basil Elnazir, Chairperson of the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Medical Board and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Adelaide and Meath, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital; Prof Stephen Lane, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Asthma Society of Ireland Medical Board member; Prof Luke Clancy, Consultant Respiratory Physician and director general of the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society; Prof Pat Goodman, DIT School of Physics and Asthma Society of Ireland Scientific and Research Committee Member; James Nix, Policy Director, An Taisce and Duncan Stewart, broadcaster and environmental campaigner.People who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma can be badly affected by exposure to harmful particles in the air which result from pollutants, including the burning of smoky coal.In forming the INHALE Alliance, the Asthma Society of Ireland is also calling for expedited implementation of the National Asthma Programme.It says phased implementation of the programme and enrolment of patients beginning in 2014 would mean:Reduction in preventable deaths from asthmaEqual access to quality asthma care for allReduced burden on overstretched hospital servicesCost savings for the stateSmokey coal banSharon Cosgrove, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, told TheJournal.ie that the first ban on smokey coal came in 23 years ago in Dublin, and has since been expanded to include a number of other areas.She said that it is “a little bit piecemeal”, however, as “you could be living in one town where there is a ban, but five miles down the road there is no ban”. The society is calling for nationwide ban on smoky coal for people with asthma, and said it welcomed Minister Hogan’s comments that he envisions that taking place within a few years.There are 470,000 people in Ireland with asthma – one in five children and one in ten adults. Cosgrave said she can understand the need to take time to implement things, “but we still want it done as quickly as possible”.A survey completed by the society in March showed that there was a lack of knowledge around asthma, with over a third of people surveyed not realising that the burning of smokey coal has an impact on people with the condition.There are free asthma clinics taking place this week – to find out more, visit www.asthma.ie. There are also extended hours for the asthma advice line, which is on 1850445464 and open from 6 – 10 May from 10am to 8pm; 13 – 17 May from 10am to 4pm, and 20 – 24 May from 10am to 4pm.Read: 50 asthma deaths a year ‘is too high’>last_img read more

Sony confirms 300MB featureunlocking day one update for PS4

first_imgSony has announced that there will be an update available as soon as you take your PS4 out of the box, and installing it will enable most of the cool features we’ve been hearing about so far.If you go to use your PS4 the day you purchase it without connecting to the Internet, you may find the console is missing more than a few of the features you were promised. The ability to play Blu-ray discs will be missing, as well as most of the features that require a network or Internet connection to use. For whatever reason, these features have been enabled at the last minute, and you’ll need to download a day one update from Sony in order to use them.System Software Update 1.50 is only 300MB, so the features that you’re gaining are already baked into the OS. The update is just enabling those features. Things like remote play, screenshots and recorded gameplay, and broadcasting or spectating gameplay are on the list of unlocks. Then we have logins for multiple simultaneous users, online multiplayer, and voice commands with facial recognition via the PlayStation Camera.Sony also explained in their update announcement that some already announced features will not be available even with the 1.50 update installed. The one example provided is “suspend/resume mode” for the console. There’s clearly more missing, however, and Sony claims they will explain more about those missing features in the near future.It’s not uncommon for consoles to include day one updates with last minute fixes, but Sony being so secretive about missing features from the console at launch is cause for concern.last_img read more

Sneaky Mobile Games for Secret Agents

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Alien: Blackout’ Is a Mobile Game for People Who …Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG Genre Stealthy, futuristic gadgets are a staple of spy movies. From wristwatches with built-in printers to pens that explode without any noticing. But smartphones, the pocket supercomputers every single chump carries with them every day, blows devices like those out of the water when it comes to sheer capability. And how do we use our godlike power to access all information anywhere at any time? We look at Twitter or figure out the best directions for getting to the Taco Bell.Stop using your phone for dreary real-life business and fulfill its destiny as the perfect tool for escapist spy fantasies. These are the (double-0) seven sneakiest mobile games for secret agents. (Note, some games I wanted to put on this list are so sneaky they aren’t even available anymore, like the Apple Watch spy game Spy_Watch and the official, awful, James Bond mobile game.)Agent AAgent A gives you the satisfaction, the feeling that you’re a genius that comes from solving those trendy escape the room puzzles. But with this game you don’t have to be stuck in a real room for an hour. Plus, you get to look at some lovely illustrated art and unravel a riveting yarn while solving these puzzles.Archer, P.I.Archer may have began as an Arrested Development-meets-James Bond spy parody, but in its later seasons it has evolved into something much more. The upcoming Archer Dreamland casts the incompetent agent as the star of a film noir, and the mobile game tie-in Archer, P.I. lets you scan episodes and uncover clues for yourself. Talk about synergy.Hidden FolksThe rustic, hand-drawn, black-and-white art style of Hidden Folks may seem more hippie than spy. However, the key to espionage is being able to read a room to find the information you need that others may miss. Hidden Folks’ Where’s Waldo gameplay will test your spying eye by giving you plenty of wacky characters to spot.Hitman GOHitman GO is the crown jewel of Square Enix’s excellent mobile game trilogy. The game turns the elaborate stealth action of the console Hitman games and transforms it into an abstract, coldly sparse and beautiful single-player board game. But it still retains all the tactical killing that makes Agent 47’s adventures so beloved.Invisible, Inc.Invisible, Inc. puts you in control of squads of secret agents trying to bring down the corporations that control the future. The turn-based strategy gameplay gives you time to assess each perilous situation while your powerful AI partner gives you plenty of tools for dealing with challenges. And it’s all brought to neon, high-tech life with gorgeous art because it’s a Klei game.Puzzle Agent 2Forget the TV show, the real successor to Fargo is Telltale’s Puzzle Agent series. Nelson Tethers’ investigations for FBI puzzle research take the gameplay of Professor Layton but swap the quaint Japanese Europe setting for a quirky and eerie American Midwest. For some reason, only the sequel is available on mobile, but any proper puzzle agent should be able to fill in the blanks.TouchToneSpy fantasies are fun and all, but as we’ve recently learned, our spy reality is the NSA using our smart devices to monitor us for nefarious ends. TouchTone is a game about this dilemma, combining the hacking minigame ideas seen in many AAA games with an indie, Papers, Please-style narrative about modern technological paranoia. Oh, and it’s got great art by Threes/Tumbleseed developer Greg Wohlwend.last_img read more

Rock of Ages is Tower Defense With Big Balls

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!No, we’re not talking about that rock musical, although Tom Cruise’s hair is a Game of the Year in its own right. After a string of Game of the Year articles that were pretty much just reviews for recent releases, we’re taking this column back to its roots by talking about a strange, older game you may have missed.From Marble Madness to Super Monkey Ball, there’s a long tradition of video games about ball manipulation. But 2011’s Rock of Ages might be the Game of the Year award-winning ball to end them all.While Japan and The West (America, Europe) have pretty much dominated the video game industry since the beginning, an increasingly globalized world has led to an increasingly globalized community of game developers. One region that’s seen its profile rapidly rise recently is Latin and South America, giving us soulful indie games like Papo y Yo out of Brazil and the cult classic introduction to rocket science Kerbal Space Program from the Mexican team at Squad. Screw walls. Embrace immigrants!Rock of Ages was developed by ACE Team, a Chilean studio. We’ll discuss soon enough how strange this game is, but if anything, it’s a step toward something more mainstream after the team’s debut game Zeno Clash. That’s a first-person fist fighter featuring a bird monster called Father-Mother, in case you were wondering just how surreal it got. And it’s a distinct kind of weird, not aping other countries’ version of what the bizarre looks like. Again, that’s the value of having new kinds of voices in the creation of the art.In Rock of Ages, players control famous mythical Greek rock-pusher Sisyphus as he attempts to roll his way through history, crushing the armies of famous historical leaders from the ancient and modern world along the way. Normal enough. Oh, and it’s all told through a Monty Python cut-out art style that plays like a parody of high Renaissance art. And that’s before the big moonman-like ball with a disturbingly tranquil troll face shows up.Rock of Ages’ gameplay is split between two phases both happening in real time: offense and defense. On offense, you control a huge boulder with a face rolling downhill toward the enemy gate. You have to weave (or smash) your way through traps and defenses to keep the rock as unharmed as possible, while going as fast as possible, to deliver maximum damage. Meanwhile, on defense, you must strategically place your own traps, using money and time earned from successful rolling runs, to destroy incoming enemy boulders before they reach your gate and damage you.This makes for some satisfying strategy, a nice mix of careful planning and making it up as you go. As the boulder picks up speed, you’re really just at its mercy as you try to guide it toward safety and the destruction of your foes. Take away the odd trappings, and Rock of Ages is essentially an intriguingly abstract take on the tower defense genre. The offense-defense dichotomy, which eventually gets repetitive in the single-player campaign barring the occasional boss fight, also makes the game well-suited to multiplayer, which it does fortunately offer. And there’s skeeball too because why not.But really, Rock of Ages’ greatest victory is harnessing and understanding the undeniable joy of controlling a huge destructive ball. Katamari Damacy understands this. Miley Cyrus understands this. Yoot Saito’s Odama on Nintendo GameCube, which might be Rock of Ages’ closest spiritual ancestor, dared to ask, “What if we added tactical voice commands and an even bigger ball to pinball?” Everything is improved by bigger balls.If that sounds great to you, check out Rock of Ages as well as the sequel, Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder, which just released on PC and consoles six years later. This is what Game of the Year was made for.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Rock of Ages is a tower defense-inspired real-time strategy game about crushing your foes with a giant ball.2. Meanwhile, you must also build defenses to keep out opposing boulders.3. The game features a Monty Python-esque art style parodying high Renaissance art.4. Outside of standard matches you can play multiplayer modes and boss fights.5. Rock of Ages is just one example of great weird games coming from Latin and South America.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NXT Highlights Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno NXT announces YearEnd Awards

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE uploaded the following highlights from this week’s episode of NXT. WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian West has entire closet for Yeezys Hulu has plans for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel Sarah hyland Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSarah Hyland and Wells Adams’ first date was a ‘real trial by fire’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:12/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 90.63%0:03Remaining Time -1:09 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Dwayne Johnson leaves honeymoon early to appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Now Playing Up Next Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams’ first date was a ‘real trial by fire’ Anton Danyluk wasn’t serious about Belle Hassan Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more