Survey finds some employees unclear about weed work policies

first_imgTORONTO (680 NEWS) – One week away from cannabis legalization, and it appears managers at work are more likely to consume than regular employees.A new report from IPSOS Reid, commissioned by ADP Canada says managers are twice as likely to toke up.It also finds one-in-five workers don’t believe their workplace has any policies regarding usage at work.“It will be interesting to see how organizations perceive — their reactions — should they start using cannabis before work, and I think the critical piece there is just how are they going to mitigate that?,” ADP’s Hendrik Steencamp said.Ten per cent of managers believe their employers will allow cannabis for recreational purposes, while only two per cent of non-managers said the same.Steencamp said companies have to be clear with their entire workforce before October 17.last_img

Selena Gomez Hosts StarStudded WE Day California

first_imgLast week, 16,000 youth from across California came together at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood for WE Day, a youth empowerment event that celebrates everyday heroes and proves no one is too young to change the world.Alicia Keys and host of WE Day California, actress/singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Selena GomezCredit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WEWE Day California was hosted by actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez and featured speeches and performances by Laila Ali, Rowan Blanchard, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Auli’i Cravalho, Lily Collins, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Winnie Harlow, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Shay Mitchell, Miss Piggy along with other Muppets including Fozzie Bear and Statler and Waldorf, Emeli Sandé, Lilly Singh, Lizzie Velasquez and more.WE Day California, made possible by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever, paired a star-studded lineup with international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Together, they energized the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches to inspire youth to continue taking action on local and global societal issues such as bullying, clean water and poverty.Making WE Day a true celebration of youth taking action, young people with inspiring stories joined the WE Day California lineup, including 11-year-old Ezra Frech. Born missing his left fibula, left knee and four fingers on his left hand, Ezra is an accomplished athlete, motivational speaker, and co-founder of Los Angeles-based non-profit @AngelCitySports, an organization that provides children and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to play sports. Ezra is just one of the many young people who shared their stories to motivate their WE Day peers.“The young people here today at WE Day California are proof that everyone has the power to create change,” said six-time GRAMMY nominee, author, producer, philanthropist and internationally renowned film star, Tyrese Gibson. “I hope that by sharing words of encouragement from the WE Day stage and through the work of #TheLoveCircleFoundation, I can help these students to keep making a positive impact—because I want my daughter, and kids everywhere, to grow up in a world of respect, equality and love.”Speakers and performers at WE Day California energized the crowd through a full day of empowering educational speeches, inspirational moments and electrifying performances. A few highlights include:• Global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, author, & host of Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez, Lizzie Velasquez, shared her story of facing bullying and the importance of focusing on self-confidence • • Award winning singer and songwriter, Alessia Cara, got the crowd on their feet with a performance of her hit song “Wild Thing,” accompanied by International Sensation STOMP and Boogie Zone Dancers • Actor and Entertainer, Josh Gad, World’s Funniest Stand-Up Comic Bear, Fozzie Bear, and Professional Hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, learned an important lesson about bullyingYou can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills for success beyond the classroom. Young people making an impact locally and globally are supported with tools to help them become real change-makers.“Every year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools around the globe earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating positive impacts in their communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “WE Day California united and celebrated thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change in their own backyards and around the world.”In the 2015/2016 school year, more than 875 schools and groups across California improved their communities through WE Schools, by volunteering more than 600,000 hours and raising over $825,000 in support of 615 organizations, supporting causes such as hunger, homelessness, bullying, youth advocacy, education and literacy. In addition, 82 percent of U.S. educators participating in WE Schools felt they were better equipped to teach about social justice issues through service-based learning opportunities for their students; 87 percent of educators said their students felt a greater connection to their local communities; and 77 percent of educators said the program engaged previously disengaged youth.WE Day is supported in California by Co-Chairs Stephanie Argyros, President and CEO, Argyros Group; Mike Cahill, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, City National Bank; Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers; and Stephanie Swedlove and Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Participant Media and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. Nationally, WE Day is supported by Co-Chairs Mike Dobbins, Head Strategy and Corporate Development, RBC; Jane Francisco, Editorial Director of Hearst Lifestyle Group and Editor in Chief of Good Housekeeping; Steve Robinson, CEO, Reimagine; Janet Crown, Philanthropist, Crown Family Philanthropies; and Tom Wilson, Chairman and CEO, Allstate.last_img read more


first_imgKevin Martin stars in The Video Store Commercial, which world-premieres at sxsw 2019 this weekend. (Photo Supplied) Haunted, face-melting mayhem ensues in a note-perfect tribute to low-budget ’80s horror that’s 10 times closer to its inspirational source than two seasons of Stranger Things.The world-renowned film and music festival sxsw dropped The Video Store Commercial into its Midnight Shorts Program, the first screening 8:30 p.m. Saturday Austin time at the legendary Alamo theatres.Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford co-directed the four-minute short, having worked with Martin many times over the years, including on 2013’s The Last Video Store in the same setting — but with a different, paranoid fantasy-horror plot. This successfully made the rounds of the genre film fests, including Montreal’s Fantasia fest.You can (and should) watch it online at the National Screen Institute.The team also created a web series funded by Telus, Straight to Video: The B-Movie Odyssey, which hopped through genres, again, hilariously, starring Martin the video store owner transported from one campy film scenario to the next.The filmmakers had hoped to follow up with a feature film but, failing to get funding, moved on to other projects — Kennedy as a cinematic artist at BioWare, for example.But, Kennedy notes, “Last year Kevin was like, ‘Can you guys help me make a commercial for my store?’”Martin explains, “But us being us, we could not film a simple easy one, and crazy shit always happens in the shop.”Back to Kennedy: “Well, we thought, maybe we could take this opportunity to make a short film about making a commercial in the video store, so that’s kind of how that spawned.”“Well, long story short,” adds Martin, “the guys kept tweaking it and decided to try and submit it to the film festivals.”They got word it was playing Southby in January. Martin admits with a laugh, “Now I was kind of bummed because I wanted to have it online to actually, you know, promote the video store …”Initial shooting took only a day, though the filmmakers weren’t pleased with how their original supernatural antagonist looked — just a guy under a sheet. What they replaced it with is phenomenal, a glowing-eyed husk of unspooled videotape with creepy, murderous tendrils.Kennedy also notes there’s a subtle jab at the trendy use of VHS footage often used as a stylistic choice lately — in their film, where the supernatural menace is only visible through a camera, “there’s a reason for it instead of it just being a tacked-on style.“We really wanted to do something different.”From the cult director pouring his soul into his project to the narrative need for VHS footage to an unspoken reminder of how disposable film and media is in 2019 — how when we have near infinite access to content we no longer seem to value it — the film is much deeper than it need be. But this is why it’s so charming, down to the nostalgia of seeing an actual, functioning video rental store.The film is confirmed for at least five festivals so far, and we’ll be the first to let you know when it screens here.“Hopefully this will get us one step closer to our goal of the feature film version of The Last Video Store as we just submitted a grant package for Telefilm, which we hopefully will find out about this summer,” says Martin, who’s also co-founder of Edmonton’s annual DEDfest.In the meantime, he hopes people drop by his shop, ad or no, because you never know what might pop out at you in the dimly-lit basement full of a million independent dreams and nightmares.“See?” he laughs. “Video stores are super cool!”BY FISH GRIWKOWSKY ~ EDMONTON JOURNAL Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A locally produced ad for an anachronistic movie rental shop on Whyte was so well done it’s officially world-premiering at South by Southwest in Austin on the weekend.The Video Store Commercial is a madcap and style-hopping short film filmed downstairs at Kevin Martin’s The Lobby DVD Shop (10815 82 Ave.), starring the long-haired, longtime business owner in a fictional narrative where he’s attempting to make a promotional video to attract more customers — the real-life reason for shooting the footage in the first place.But in the fictionalized narrative, a clumsy crew member knocks over a display rack and steps on a one-of-a-kind videotape made by a former cult leader, “who was trying to make the cultiest cult film of all time,” and ultimately transported his very soul into the VHS tape. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

National friendship centres preparing for upcoming federal election in urban areas

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is preparing election kits that will be sent out to partner organizations across the country.The NAFC represents 113 friendship centres across the country.They offer culturally appropriate programming and services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples living in cities.NAFC Executive Director Jocelyn Formsma said it’s important the centres prepare their clients for the election.“We’re encouraging friendship centres to invite candidates to the centre, so that they’re aware of the programing,” she said.“And that people at the centres are also aware of who the candidates are.”Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election#Vote2019: Truth and Reconciliation still important to Indigenous voters according to pollAccording to a poll commissioned by APTN and conducted by Environics, the environment is one of the most pressing issues on the ballot this year with housing it on the lower end at 6 per cent.But according to Formsa, the urban population’s needs are different.“Making sure people have a safe place to live, shelter, making sure that families have support, that children have support especially those who are leaving the child welfare system or currently involved with the child welfare system,” she said.72 per cent of those surveyed said they’ll definitely vote on election night, but that number is often higher than the actual turnout.Gabrielle Fayant, the founding member of a non-profit youth group Assembly of Seven Generations, said the number of youth at the polls could be lower than in 2015 due to the fact the politicians have failed to reach out to them.“It seems like a mixed response, like some youth are really outspoken and they’re saying like we need to go out and vote and other youth are just like, why, why should we even vote”, said Fayant.The poll also found that 73 per cent of respondents said child welfare is a very important issue, something that Fayant read more

At UN Bosnia and Herzegovina stress challenge of rebuilding pluralist society

25 September 2010The restoration of a pluralist society is the greatest challenge facing Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country’s leader told the General Assembly today, voicing hope that a new, younger generation can help to bridge the cultural divide still remaining after the Balkan wars of the early 1990s. The restoration of a pluralist society is the greatest challenge facing Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country’s leader told the General Assembly today, voicing hope that a new, younger generation can help to bridge the cultural divide still remaining after the Balkan wars of the early 1990s.Haris Silajdzic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that while his country largely completed the physical reconstruction of infrastructure relatively quickly, “the rebuilding of our devastated society proved to be much more difficult.”About 1.3 million people who fled their homes during the war still remain outside Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said.“Systematic obstructions were the cause of failure of return programmes, and they are still an obstacle to those who want to return. Those who made it back to their homes are often confronted with a wall of blockades or with outright violations of basic rights.“That makes the restoration of our pluralist society the single most difficult task ahead of us. But hope remains that the upcoming constitutional changes will lay a foundation for the new generation to bridge the divides.“No matter what we will continue to revive the pluralist character and tolerant spirit of our society because we strongly believe that cultural pluralism is mankind’s most precious treasure.”Mr. Silajdzic said a key way to promote pluralism was to build a stronger economy with greater opportunities for development, saying his country was making efforts to better harness its supplies of water and other energy-generating resources.“We have made studies and have invited international investors to participate in developing these resources. Once completed, these projects will be the driving engine of our economy, enabling us to make progress in other areas, such as health care and social services.” read more

Sun Life Financial teams up to buy Malaysian insurer for 586 million

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Inc. and Khazanah Nasional Berhad are teaming up to purchase 98% of a Malaysian life insurance company from its two current owners, which include British insurance group Aviva PLC.Toronto-based Sun Life and Khazanah are purchasing the CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad life insurance company as well as CIMB Aviva Takaful Berhad, which provides a different type of insurance, for a total shared cost of US$586 million.Sun Life said its Malaysian transaction includes entering into a new 20-year exclusive agreement that will allow the life insurance company to sell to CIMB Bank’s client base. CIMB Group will retain a 2% share in the company.“This transaction is perfectly aligned with our strategy for expanding our footprint in Asia,” said Kevin Strain the president of Sun Life Financial in Asia.He said Khazanah and CIMB are “very strong partners with a broad distribution platform, and we are investing in a country with one of the most developed economies in the ASEAN region and a growing middle class.”Media reports that a deal was imminent emerged recently but hadn’t been confirmed until Thursday’s announcement by Sun Life, which is one of Canada’s largest life insurance companies.Reports have said Manulife Financial Corp., another Canadian company that has been growing in China and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, had also been interested in acquiring the Malaysian assets from Aviva and CIMB.Sun Life and Khazanah are each acquiring 49% of the company from Aviva International Holdings Ltd. and CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (CIMB Group), respectively.The transaction includes an exclusive right to distribute insurance products, including takaful products, through CIMB Bank’s network across Malaysia. This network includes 312 branches across the country and eight million customers.The transaction is expected to close by the first half of 2013, pending regulatory approvals in Canada and Malaysia. read more

No Fun League Takes Away GoalPost Dunk Celebrations

The NFL continues to bolster its reputation as the “No Fun League.” In this latest case, the competition committee announced it would penalize players–notably the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham–for dunking the football over the goal posts following a touchdown. Seriously.NFL competition committee co-chairman Jeff Fisher said Graham’s routine–which he copied from now-retired tight end Tony Gonzalez–was at the heart of the decision to add the goal-post celebration to the list of post-touchdown actions that will draw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.“The background is when the committee basically defined unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrations, it grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap, provided only one person jumped into the stands,” Fisher said. “And also (the committee) made an emphasis, made it illegal, to celebrate using anything as a prop, whether it was a pen or it was a ball or what have you. But then again allowed the players to, in essence, use the goal post as a prop, to dunk, to shoot, whatever.“And then last year we had an incident in one of the games where there was a dunk and the goal post was tilted and the game was shut down for about 25 minutes until they could get the goal post corrected. That’s unnecessary, and so we just felt that we would include the goal post in that category as props.”Fisher didn’t specifically name Graham as the inspiration for the decision to add the dunk to the list of celebration no-nos, but when asked if it was the tight end he said: “It was a player that’s done it before that’s real tall, catches a lot of touchdown passes and is pretty good.”NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino revealed the change in how the goal-post dunk will be officiated Tuesday during a radio interview with “The Dan Patrick Show.”Graham, a former basketball player at the University of Miami, has tilted the crossbar twice during his career with a post-touchdown celebration. In the Saints’ game in Atlanta this past season, the game was delayed as stadium workers reset the crossbar.“And the same play he dunked and the goal post shifted, and then he used it as a punching bag,” Fisher said. “Now we’re not going to penalize back to back but the first one, the dunk, now is going to be a penalty. We just can’t afford — can you imagine if someone had a hamstring issue after a 20-minute delay in the game because we allowed a player to dunk?” read more

Spencer Haywood Finally Gets His Hall of Fame Due

Today’s players, who en masse bolt college for the NBA before completing four years, likely had not ever heard of Spencer Haywood before he was finally added to the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. Not only should they know him, they should thank him.When Haywood was 19 and among the best players in the world, he left the University of Detroit after his sophomore season in 1969 for the ABA Denver Nuggets, the professional league that was an alternative to the NBA. He averaged 30 points and 19.5 rebounds as a rookie, which tells you about the skill set of the 6-foot-9 forward, and then signed with the Seattle Supersonics.But the NBA blocked the contract because the rule was that players had to have four years out of high school before playing in the league. Haywood stood firm with his convictions and sued, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1971.And he won in a landmark decision that eventually led to college underclassmen (and, later, high schoolers) being able to leave college early to join the NBA.Maybe it would have eventually happened—Spencer Haywood made it happen.He went on to be a celebrated star player, averaging 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over his pro career. He had four NBA all-star appearances. He also, at 19, led the U.S. to the gold medal in the 1968.But for 27 years, he was denied entry into the hallowed Hall. One never to shy away from sharing his accomplishments or how good he was, Haywood said before the announcement about the two dozen anonymous voters: “They should view my career in a total package. I have the Olympic career. I was the outstanding college player of the year. I won a high school championship. I went to the ABA, was Rookie of the Year, leading scorer, leading rebounder, player of the year and MVP of the All-Star game. I left the game afterSpencer Haywood was a force as a scorer and rebounder.14 years with 20 and 10. That’s pretty serious stuff there. I had a great career. And also, I went to the Supreme Court to have Haywood vs. the NBA. That rule has ushered in all of these players. The Jordans, the Magics, the Birds. All the way up to LeBron and Kobe and those guys today.”He was right, and the voters finally got it right, ushering him to a place deserving of someone who changed the game.At 65, the former University of Detroit star said he took the courageous step to challenge the NBA when he was not happy with a new coach hired at his college.“That’s when it first came into my mind that I can’t play (there). I said, what about (other talented players) who were lingering out there?’” Haywood said to “They could play but couldn’t maintain the college life. George Gervin had just got kicked out of Eastern Michigan. I decided I’d fight it. I thought it would be a short fight.”It turned out to be a long fight, but one that impacted college and pro basketball from that moment forward.“Personally, I thought I was going to be in the Hall 27 years ago,” Haywood said. “But it never happens on Spencer time, and I have to surrender to it being on God’s time, which is really right on time.”It has been a long journey for Haywood, who grew up picking cotton, battled a cocaine addiction and public marriage and breakup with supermodel Iman.“My brothers and I, in between doing farm work, we played basketball in our bare feet with a rubber ball and sometimes with a sock,” he said of his upbringing to the Detroit News. “We’d put cotton in a sock and that was our ball. It wouldn’t bounce. You had to do imaginary bounces.“Basketball was my way out and, sure enough, it has been my way out. I’m just saying, the beauty of the game — that was my reward.” read more

Before Serena Williams 8 Amazing Facts About the Tennis

Before Serena Williams these Black athletes made a mark on tennis and golf.She Moved North to Escape the Jim Crow SouthAlthea Gibson (Aug. 25, 1927 – Sept. 28, 2003) was part of the Great Migration northward when Black people from the south moved to the urban and industrialized north to escape Jim Crow. She came from the little town of Silver, South Carolina and ended up in Harlem. Her family was hopeful for a new life but they soon learned that the north was not much different from the south. Gibson and her family experienced tough economic hardships. She Was a Table Tennis ChampionThe first sport Gibson played was table tennis. She was so good at it that she became a local champion and captured the attention of musician Buddy Walker who inspired her to play tennis for real. In 1941, Gibson started playing at the local Harlem River Tennis Courts.

TOP 10 missed targets transfers in 20102011 Lions Zebras and others…

← Previous Story THW Kiel lost two home games in a row after 33 years! Next Story → Slovenian Cup “Final Four”: Celje PL looks for consolation handball “missed targets”handball transfersRobert Gunnarsson Less than two months before the end of season is right time to present a TOP 10 list of “missed targets”, players, who didn’t found themselves in their new teams.  It is a question, whether teams made a mistakes or these players need time to adapt and progress in a new conditions, but last 10 months, wasn’t so good for this guys:TOP 10 “missed targets” in 2010/2011:1.  Robert Gunnarsson (Line player, 31, Rhein Neckar Lowen)Basicaly, attacker, Icelandic atractive line player didn’t show his capabilites in Rhein Neckar Lowen. He scored just 35 goals this season for his team in Bundesliga,  what is three time less than last season in VfL Gummersbach.2. Carlos Prieto (Line player, 31, Celje Pivovarna Lasko)After Spanish line player made a mistake and signed contract with Rhein Neckar Lowen in the summer 2009, where he was just a spectator,  he didn’t take a „good wind“ with Celje Pivovarna Lasko. Another bad season, almost without any single game, where he showed something of his potential from the time, when he played for Valladolid and Ciudad Real.3. Luka Zvizej (31, Left wing, Celje Pivovarna Lasko)He was probably the „hottest wing“ on the Market last summer. Media speculations took him from THW Kiel through all the best teams in Europe, but he choose to come back to home town, Celje. Bad start and then injury, disabled him to show his class. Celje Pivovarna Lasko has a lot of „missed targets“ last summer…4. Michal Jurecki (27, Left back, Vive Targi Kielce)He went to Kielce as a part of the „Polish project“.  Less than three goals per match and average performances in the EHF Champions League, where ambitious Polish champion didn’t qualified for TOP 16 phase, were the reason to put on this list, famous member of the Polish national team.5. Milutin Dragicevic (28, Line player, THW Kiel)„Hercules“ didn’t found himself in the best team of the World. He was the best player and scorer of Danish Championship in T-shirts of Silkeborg for a years, but in „Zebras“ he had this season, just an episode. Maybe he has still time to improve his skills and adapt to the team. Milutin didn’t forget to play handball, that is for sure…6. Daniel Kubes (33, Defense player – Left back, THW Kiel)„Defense guy“, but nothing more and less. Probably, he isn’t material for the team as THW Kiel. Season without chances to score. Kiel’s defense wasn’t so good…7. Alin Sania (28, Playmaker, MT Melsungen)One of the best Romanian players, Sania went to Germany as an adequate gain for a financial stabile team as Melsungen. Awful start of the season said enough about complete squad, but also some things about playmaker of the team, who just tried to replace legendary Vladica Stojanovic…8. Josip Valcic (27, Left back, VfL Gummersbach)Despite he came from C.O Zagreb and had a few seasons of EHF Champions League experience, younger Valcic didn’t show anything from that level. Even he worked with Hasanefendić, his performances were just average…9. Barna Putics (27, Left back, VfL Gummersbach)Another station for a handball traveler, Gummersbach, didn’t gave him lucky. As talented left back, Putics change four teams from three countries in two years before he went to VfL in summer 2010 to work with Sead Hasanefendic, but again, he missed….10. Borge Lund (32, Playmaker, Rhein Neckar Lowen)He left THW Kiel, because he hasn’t enough space and time, but destiny was the same in Rhein Neckar Lowen. Norwegian playmaker is just an „eighth man“ in Manheim as he was in Kiel. He took this role again with a lot of motivation, but his capabilites are bigger…Photo: read more

This tiny Atari 810 disk drive reads microSD cards

first_imgRetro computing fans will get a kick out of this: a miniature replica of an Atari 810 disk drive, the kind that used to take 5.25″ floppy drives, recreated as a microSD card reader. Best of all, the card reader supports 8GB microSD cards, so it’s capable of reading more storage than its bigger, older brother ever dreamed possible.Rossum, the man behind the project, decided to take on the project partially to see if it was possible, but partially to honor the nostalgia he felt for his first computer: an old Atari 400. However, he didn’t want to just build any old microSD card reader shaped like a tiny 810 and then plug it in to a modern day PC, he wanted to build a tiny 810 that could read microSD cards and still mount to his old Atari 400 as if it were a functioning 810.So with the help of Shapeways, a 3D printing company, and some electrical engineering, he managed to lay out the plans for a working 810 and send off the enclosure diagram for printing. Once he had the enclosure, it was just a matter of assembling the microcontroller, a regulator, and a few other components into a working chassis that still had room for the microSD card. Rossum notes that he just had the parts lying around, but if you wanted to buy them they wouldn’t be expensive.Finally, he built the connector cable, painted the enclosure, hooked the whole thing up, and popped in his 8GB microSD card. He programmed the microcontroller to emulate up to 8 Atari drives when plugged in. He also programmed the microcontroller to mount a Fat16 or Fat32 file system and scan the microSD card for readable disk images and executables that the Atari would understand. They could then be presented them to the connected Atari 400.The whole project is impressive, and Rossum even leaves a little room for improvement by pointing out that there are better serial cables available and emulators that would work with the drive if you wanted to build one yourself. He’s even posted his code so other DIY retro-PC enthusiasts can get started.Read more at Rossumlast_img read more

First 13 Original Xbox Backward Compatible Games Announced

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Stay on target During this year’s Xbox E3 briefing, Microsoft announced that original Xbox games would be available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Today, the company has revealed a list of the first 13 backwards compatible titles. The list includes a nice mix of first party and third party titles.Below are the Xbox games coming to Xbox One. They will be on the Xbox One store tomorrow, October 24, so you won’t have to wait very long to get your retro Xbox fix.Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicNinja Gaiden BlackCrimson Skies: High Road to RevengeFuzion FrenzyPrince of Persia: The Sands of TimePsychonautsDead to RightsBlackGrabbed by the GhouliesSid Meier’s Pirates!Red Faction IIBloodRayne 2The King of Fighters NeowaveThese are still the same games you remember playing, but a bit better. Each one has 1080p resolution, faster loading times, and higher/smoother frame rates. Below, you can see how these old games look running on an Xbox One S. Knights of the Old Republic looks ancient compared to modern games, but it looks light years better than it used to. Notice the sharper textures and improved aliasing.Like backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, one simply needs to insert an Xbox game disk into the Xbox One. After that, the game will automatically download to their hard drive. Those who never owned any of these games can also purchase many of them digitally from the Xbox Store for $9.99.Online multiplayer isn’t supported by these titles, but System link is. This allows players on different Xbox consoles to play one another. Basically, you can have players on the original Xbox, Xbox One, and Xbox One X face each other in old-school LAN parties.These 13 titles are no doubt just the beginning. If the Xbox One receives original Xbox games the way it does Xbox 360 games, then we should see a steady stream of titles drop frequently.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Brewery Turns Recycled Grains and Cocktail Waste Into a Crafty Sour Beer

first_img Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target New York City-based ReThink Food is on a mission to tackle the enormous problem of food waste. They want the public to know that there are options beyond the compost pile or landfill.One of those options is turning would-be waste (ReThink prefers to call it surplus or excess) into something new that’s useful or enjoyable… or even both, like beer.Not too long ago, ReThink Food NYC partnered up with the crew at Evil Twin Brewing. Their goal was to concoct a tasty new beer out of surplus ingredients.The result is what you see in the cans up top: Rethink Beer, a sour pale ale with a nice citrus note.center_img Some of those ingredients used to brew it came right from Evil Twin Brewing’s operation. Spent grains that had been boiled to produce other beers were sent back to the brew kettle instead of being shipped off to a farmer as livestock feed.Citrus peels that the recipe called for were gathered from surplus cocktail ingredients. Those were supplied by The NoMad Bar, a Manhattan establishment that has worked with ReThink in the past. In 2018, NoMad joined up with ReThink to help the nonprofit achieve its goal of providing a million made-from-surplus meals to New Yorkers in need.So how did the recipe turn out? Evil Twin founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø says it’s “very refreshing” and “the perfect beer for the warmer weather we have coming.” I’m certainly inclined to believe him. A frosty sour beer pairs quite nicely with a hot summer day.Adapting the brewing process was challenging, Jarnit-Bjergsø notes, though he was quick to add that it was fun, too. He told Waste360 “it’s a cool story to tell—that this is made from what would have been waste.”Other brewers are tackling excess in creative ways, too. A startup called Toast used surplus bread to brew its signature beer.More on Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerDogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 FilmSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a Beerlast_img read more

Homeless vex Camas merchants

first_imgCAMAS – Merchants in downtown Camas say they’ve noticed an increase in homelessness in the city throughout the last month, and they held a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the issue.Around 35 people crowded into the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce office to talk about their experiences and how to help. Some said they’ve had people they assume are homeless steal from their business or antagonize patrons; others wanted to know what services are available and how to direct people to them.“These are your neighbors,” Melissa Baker, director of Housing Solutions Center for the Council for the Homeless, said at the meeting. “They don’t want to steal showers. They want to fulfill basic needs.”Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association, said the meeting was the first of its kind and expects there will be more.“What a future official group or task force will look like is yet to be determined, but from what we heard (Thursday), the need is there,” she said.last_img read more

Blazers edged out by Clippers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Chris Paul made a driving layup with 5 seconds to go, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers over the Portland Trail Blazers 98-97 on Friday night as they tied their season high with their fourth straight victory.Paul, Blake Griffin and Randy Foye led six Clippers in double figures with 20 points each. Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan had 12 each, and Nick Young added 10. Griffin had 13 rebounds and Paul had 14 assists.The Clippers trailed by two when Paul got the ball to Foye, who hit a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to put the Clippers ahead 96-95.Jamal Crawford made a 22-footer with Foye’s hand in his face and Portland led 97-96 with 13 seconds left.Paul dribbled around before driving to the basket for the winner. Wesley Matthews missed a jumper in the waning seconds for Portland.J.J. Hickson led the Blazers with a season-high 29 points and 13 rebounds, filling in for injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.Nicolas Batum added 18 points, Crawford 14, and Matthews 12. Aldridge missed the game because of a sprained left elbow he sustained in a win against New Orleans a night earlier.Hickson scored six straight points and Raymond Felton added a 3-pointer to give Portland an 89-83 lead, its largest of the fourth.Griffin made two free throws — the only time in the quarter that a Clipper hit both attempts — and Paul scored to draw them within two.last_img read more

Pegi Young Musician And Neil Youngs Former Wife Dies At 66

first_imgNews Email Pegi Young Dies At 66 pegi-young-musician-and-neil-youngs-former-wife-dies-66 Pegi Young, Musician And Neil Young’s Former Wife, Dies At 66 Young died following a yearlong battle with cancerJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 1:24 pm Pegi Young, singer/songwriter, activist and musician, whose career includes solo work as well as being frontwoman of Pegi Young & The Survivors, has died following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 66.Young’s death was confirmed via her official social-media accounts. She died surrounded by family and friends in California, where she was born.center_img Twitter With great sadness, we confirm that on Jan 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young- mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School- passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native CA.— Pegi Young (@pegiyoung) January 3, 2019Young released five albums both as a solo artist and with Pegi Young & The Survivors. Her last tour was in the fall of 2017. The musician’s last album, Raw, released in 2017, addresses her separation from Neil Young, to whom she was married for 36 years. They share two children. The album is a deeply emotional account of their relationship.”As we were making [Raw], I was encouraging her to write self-affirming songs,” bandmate Phil Jones said. “And I believe she did that.”Pegi and Neil met in 1974 and were married in the late ‘70s. They began to perform together in the 1990s; Pegi was Neil’s backup singer.Neil recalls how they met in “Unknown Legend.”In 1987, Pegi and Neil opened the Bridge School which serves children with physical and speech impairments. They were inspired to do so by their son, Ben, who has cerebral palsy.Years before becoming a musician, Young, who was born in San Mateo, Calif., taught herself folk covers on an acoustic guitar. She wrote poetry in grade school and studied it in college.Young saw herself as a survivor. “Although we named the band The Survivors after Ben Keith died, we didn’t have any idea some 10 years ago, what an apt name it would turn out to be! I’ve gone through a lot of good stuff and scary stuff, and I will keep going forward,” she said on her site.”I’d like to be remembered for the good I tried to do in my life and for the world. I’m just a human being who tried to be a good person, despite my failings,” Pegi Young told Thread MB.Young leaves behind her son, Ben, and daughter, Amber.Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus & Katy Perry Added To MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly PartonRead more Facebook last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 14

first_imgLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 28In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 14 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Pizza Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrateful TastesHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKittredge CandlesMa & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadRed AntlerSeafood ExpressSusan Anton, LMTSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Debi’s Dance Studio, Sole Sisters Running Club & Reading Municipal Light Department are at the Community Table.Make a Star Wars Rebels Finger Puppet at the Kids Tablelast_img read more

Air India may be sold to Tata Group Singapore Airlines Report

first_imgAir India passenger planes are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, February 7, 2017.Reuters fileThe Tata Group and Singapore Airlines could be the new owners of state-owned carrier Air India. The news need not come as a surprise, so to speak, since there were rumours of Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran holding talks with the government a few days in this regard.The latest buzz is that Tatas could buy 51 percent while the rest of the stake would be picked up by Singapore Airlines, a company with which the Tata Group runs a full-service carrier Vistara.The news of the two entities eyeing Air India as reported by news channel ET Now is the latest in the series of possible options to rescue the loss-making carrier that was once owned by the Tatas before it was nationalised n 1953.International Business Times, India had reported of such a possibility on June 3.Privatising Air India: Tatas eyeing state-run carrier?The Tatas also run a budget carrier, AirAsia India, along with Malaysia-based AirAsia. Air India holds about 14 percent market share in India’s domestic air traffic, a situation that was seen as not ideal for the government to be in the business for the government. “If 86 percent of flying can be handled by the private sector, so it can also handle 100 percent,” Jaitley told state-run broadcast Doordarshan News last month.JRD Tata with the crew in front of one of the first Jumbo aircraft ordered by Air India in this undated photo.Tata Central Archives.The Niti Aayog had reportedly pitched in for full privatisation of Air India.Indian domestic carriers flew 101.74 lakh (10.17 million) passengers in May, up 17.3 percent from 86.69 lakh flown in the corresponding month last year, according to provisional statistics released by the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).The biggest carrier in terms of passengers carried is low-cost airline Indigo, followed by Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir.last_img read more

Sports Monday Astros Win Weekend Series In Boston Rockets Make A Coaching

first_img Listen Michael Dwyer/APCarlos Correa and George Springer celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img 00:00 /07:45 While the Astros’ second ten-game winning streak of the season came to an end Sunday, the team did take two out of three from the defending champion Boston Red Sox over the weekend in a rematch of last year’s ALCS.The Astros have looked dominate as of late, despite dealing with some injuries. George Springer left Sunday’s game with stiffness in his back. And Jose Altuve remains out with a hamstring injury. The team begins a ten-game home stand tonight with the Chicago White Sox.Meanwhile, the Rockets are reportedly discussing a contract extension for head coach Mike D’Antoni and have parted ways with assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik.Plus, June Jones was named as the new head coach for Houston’s new XFL team, which begins play in 2020. And the Dynamo got two goals in two minutes to beat D.C. United Saturday.In the audio above, Jeff Balke discusses those and other Houston sports stories. He writes for Houstonia and Houston Press. Sharelast_img read more

Two exsoldiers tried in Guatemala for sex slavery murder

first_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – Two retired soldiers were in court Monday facing charges of murder, forced disappearance, and forcing 11 indigenous women into sexual slavery during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war.Prosecutors accuse Esteelmer Reyes, a 59-year-old retired colonel, of “authorizing and consenting for soldiers under his command to exercise sexual violence and inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment against Maya-Q’eqchi’ women.”His co-accused was Heriberto Valdéz, a 74-year-old former soldier.The two allegedly carried out the crimes in 1982 and 1983 in the northeastern town of Sepur Zarco, where the military was deployed.Earlier in the trial, indigenous women with their faces and heads covered told the court of what they had suffered as sexual slaves. Former army officer Steelmer Francisco Reyes Girón, right, is accused of keeping 11 indigenous women as sex slaves during the country’s bloody 36-year civil war. Johan Ordóñez/AFPGuatemala’s 36-year civil war left more than 200,000 people dead or missing, according to the United Nations, which cast most of the responsibility for wartime atrocities and excesses on the government forces.More than 40 percent of Guatemala’s population of 16 million is indigenous, and that group was the most affected by human rights violations committed at the time. Related posts:Clash over development plans leaves 8 dead in Guatemala Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina dismisses ‘spurious’ corruption case 16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says Guatemala convicts 2 ex-soldiers for sex slavery, murder in landmark caselast_img read more