Nintendo planning new Switch for 2019 – Report

first_imgNintendo planning new Switch for 2019 – ReportWall Street Journal says an improved model is set for late next yearChristopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 4th October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoNintendo will release an updated version of its Nintendo Switch console next year, reports The Wall Street Journal.The business newspaper says that the upgrade may feature an improved LCD screen, but that an OLED screen is not being considered as the objective is to make the device ‘brighter, thinner and more energy efficient’.The new model is designed to maintain momentum for the console, which has faltered slightly in 2018. Although sales remain very strong, Switch isn’t surprising the market in the same way it did during its launch year.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The new upgrade is reportedly scheduled for late 2019.Nintendo has a reputation for upgrading its portable hardware. There have been six variations of the 3DS (3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS and New 2DS XL), 4 variations of the DS (DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL) and three Game Boy Advance models (GBA, GBA SP and GB Micro). However, unlike Sony and Microsoft, it doesn’t upgrade its home consoles quite so frequently.Nintendo has been proactive in setting out its stall for 2019 for Switch, with games such as Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, New Super Mario Bros and Yoshi’s Crafted World due next year.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Angola: AfDB approves $165m for economic diversification

first_img BRICS Abdoulaye Coulibaly, African Development Bank director at the governance and public financial management department, said the loan will contribute significantly to the government’s stabilisation plan and provide a conducive private sector environment. Finance and Policy Read more news from the AfDB here “For the past two years, we have felt that the authorities are quite committed to making changes. Many concrete measures have been taken… We expect that the programme will ultimately impact positively on macroeconomic stability, economic diversification and poverty reduction” Coulibaly said, adding that the country was on track to meet its benchmarks for 2019. In a statement, the AfDB noted that the Angolan government is implementing reforms to diversify its oil-dependent economy and has adopted measures to improve human and social development to restore fiscal balance after the economy was hit by a global slump in oil prices and repeated droughts. The programme aims to prioritise and promote the production and export of non-oil products and to start to substitute imports through diversification. It forms part of the country’s 2018-2022 national development plan. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The reforms are expected to improve state-owned enterprises (SOEs) transparency and increase the availability of SOE financial and performance data, which will in turn, improve corporate governance and enhance the performance of SOEs, reducing the need for subsidies, he added. In approving the loan, Board members called for the monitoring of Angola’s high public debt levels, estimated at about 90% of GDP, and projected to ease to around 60% by the end of the programme period. They praised renewed efforts by the Angolan government to curb public sector corruption and step up good governance which had deteriorated. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Read more: Angola: Regulatory reform targets revival of oil and gas market Featured image: Stock On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved a $165 million loan to finance a portion of Angola’s three-year economic diversification support programme intended to restore the country’s macroeconomic stability. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSAngola Previous articleOp-Ed: What do you understand about data management?Next articleSenegal enters the LNG race with significant offshore discoveries Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Generation A sharp decline in oil prices since 2014 has harmed the economy, and real GDP shrank by 0.2% in 2017 and an estimated 0.7% in 2018 while fiscal revenues declined by more than 50% between 2014 and 2017.  Public debt, largely external, increased from 40.7% of GDP in 2014 to an estimated 80.5% in 2018, raising concerns about its sustainability. There are three main components in the plan; advancing fiscal consolidation through improved public financial management and tax reforms; accelerated implementation of the diversification programme; and improving governance in natural resource management and state-owned enterprise reform. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

UPDATED: WNY BOE President Vilma Reyes resigns in the midst of…

first_img Comments are closed. WNYCitizen July 29, 2015 10:42 am at 10:42 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision In a Hudson County View exclusive, West New York Board of Education President Vilma Reyes has resigned from the position today – in the middle of an ongoing FBI investigation.When reached by Hudson County View this afternoon, Reyes said she was opting to spend more time with her family and declined to comment further.As we reported last month Reyes and Angela Duval, another BOE trustee, was questioned by the FBI. Days later, the FBI visited the board of education building at 6028 Broadway, with multiple sources indicating the investigation at least partially involves whether or not contracts were properly approved by the board at recent meetings.  Bayonne TAGSchristine piscitelliFBIsteven rodasvilma reyeswest new york board of education SHARE Cheng, Portillo seeking re-election, 6 others running, in West New York BOE race | Hudson County View RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR […] its kind in decades – and has routinely opposed Board Presidents Vilma Reyes (who has since resigned from the board) and Steven […] November 3, 2014 7:38 pm at 7:38 pm UPDATE: 9:04 p.m.Now-former Board of Education President Vilma Reyes did not attend tonight’s meeting. A motion was passed to appoint a new president, but the nine-person board could not decide between Vice President Dr. Christine Piscitelli or trustee Steven Rodas.Neither was able to secure a majority vote (five) from the board, so the matter will be voted on again at the September 10 meeting. Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts […] off for an empty board of education seat that has been vacant ever since then-President Vilma Reyes resigned from the board back in late August in the midst of an FBI […] ACLU files motion to dismiss lawsuit that limited ICE protests outside DeGise home If Parkinson abstained from voting for Roque/Rodas, it’s probably because he thought HE should be the new president. Didn’t Acosta and company try to make Parkinson vice president about 2 minutes after they appointed him?But Rodas is the new kid on the block, also appointed by Acosta and company, and he’s been diligently promoting the Roque agenda since he’s been on the board. So they will reward him by making him president. Ah, what principled people they are! NOT!!I wonder when Scarinci will get around to telling Roque to keep his dirty hands off the school board. WNY BOE terminates Alamo Insurance in midst of dual investigations | Hudson County View Investigative ReportingWest New Yorkcenter_img October 11, 2014 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm Six candidates vie for empty WNY Board of Education seat tonight | Hudson County View August 22, 2014 1:22 pm at 1:22 pm 6 COMMENTS Thanks, John Heinis for being the first to publish this story. I must thank Trustee Duval for voting for Dr. Piscitelli and AGAINST Roque’s choice Steven Rodas for board President. I must also thank my opponent in the upcoming November 4th WNY Board of Education for 2 year unexpired term, Adam Parkinson, for abstaining on the vote for Roque choice Steven Rodas. OPINION: A few thoughts on the 2014 West New York Board of Education race | Hudson County View Bayonne October 8, 2014 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm UPDATED: WNY BOE President Vilma Reyes resigns in the midst of FBI probe […] Fauta announced at last month’s meeting that OFAC was investigating the process how the the board chooses insurance firms,  while only Hudson County View has revealed that the FBI is investigating the same situation. […] Facebook Twitter By John Heinis – August 20, 2014 5:51 pm 6 […] would it be any other way when the election takes place in the midst of FBI and state Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance (OFAC) […] Previous articleMayor Fulop: ‘No downside’ to proposed MLK City Hall AnnexNext articleCount Wiley hosting fundraiser for 14-year-old WNY resident fighting cancer John Heinis Bayonne August 20, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm Patrick Cullenlast_img read more

COVID-19 sickens at least 37 children at shelter for undocumented immigrant youth

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStock(CHICAGO) — A coronavirus outbreak has sickened at least 37 children at a Chicago shelter for unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant youth, and officials there said Thursday that they’ve been scrambling to test all the children in their care and to isolate those who are positive for the virus.The outbreak occurred at a shelter in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, where 69 children separated from their parents or guardians at the Southern border are housed, officials said. The crisis has prompted demands from child advocates that the federal government expedite the release of the children in such shelters to the custody of relatives in the United States.“The reality for most of these children is that there is a way for them to be released to relatives here in the U.S. and that’s what the government should be doing right away,” Mony Ruiz-Velasco with the West Suburban Action Project, an Illinois community-based social justice organization, told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.About 2,400 unaccompanied minors are being held in shelters nationwide and most were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border and placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.The Chicago shelter is operated by the nonprofit group Heartland Alliance, which also runs two other dormitory-style shelters for unaccompanied immigrant youth in Chicago. The children living at the shelters range from infants to teenagers.The Administration for Children and Families said in a statement to ABC News on Thursday that a total of 39 unaccompanied immigrant children in its custody across the nation have tested positive and placed in medical isolation, indicating that the largest coronavirus outbreak in its system is at the Chicago shelter.Positive cases have also turned up at two shelters in Texas and 69 staff members affiliated with the Office of Refugee Resettlement have self-reported testing positive for COVID-19, according to the statementHowever, the agency did not address what it is doing to reunite the children with family in the United States. But officials said that “out of an abundance of caution,” it has stopped placing unaccompanied children in virus hotspots such as California, New York and Washington.“The situation remains extremely fluid and can change rapidly. We are providing the latest information while working diligently to combat random speculation and rumors,” according to the statement.In a statement to ABC News on Thursday, Heartland Alliance said it had tested all the children in its care and that the positive coronavirus cases are contained to the one shelter in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The agency said that 76% of the 37 children to test positive were “completely asymptomatic at the time of testing.”“Heartland Alliance has aggressively tracked down and secured tests for our children and our staff — knowing full well that children are often asymptomatic and can spread the virus even more easily than others,” the statement reads. “And we are committed to ensuring access to testing for our staff because it’s imperative for their health and well-being, and that of their families and the larger community.”The agency described the prognosis for the children as being “very good, and they are doing well.”Heartland Alliance declined to comment on whether any of the agency’s 500 staff members have tested positive.“We have been encouraging our staff to access their medical providers for testing and, as we all know, it is hard to gain access to tests,” according to the agency’s statement. “We have fought hard to obtain test kits for our staff, and we are beginning to roll out this voluntary testing process, in coordination with their health provider, and we are prepared to address the confirmed cases.”The agency said it has been closely following local, state and federal safety guidelines, including taking daily temperatures of staff and clients, frequent hand-washing and social distancing.“When staff are sick with anything, they are sent home. And when anyone tests positive for COVID-19, we communicate with all with whom they have been in contact, and they too are put on quarantine,” according to the agency’s statement.Ashley Hueber of the National Immigrant Justice Center, which is affiliated with Heartland Alliance, said social distancing in such dormitory-type facilities is difficult.“At the end of the day they are group settings. When you have anybody who is living in a group setting right now, it is nearly impossible to practice any kind of social distancing,” Hueber told WLS-TV.Chicago has been especially hard-hit by the virus also known as COVID-19. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 386 deaths linked by the virus in Chicago and more than 10,000 positive cases, according to data released by the city.The data shows that 146 children, ranging from babies to 17-year-olds have contracted the virus or about 1.3% of the positive cases. Only one child has died from the virus in Chicago, according to the city.Heartland Alliance officials said the lack of testing made the crisis “much, much worse.”“You cannot compare our shelters, where we fought to test ALL of our kids and staff, to other shelters that have only tested those showing symptoms,” the statement reads. “The facts are simple — by testing 100% of the population in a group setting, a higher number will be reported — BUT we are finally now able to identify all the positive cases (including the invisible, asymptomatic cases) and isolate the positive cases from the negative ones.”The first cases at the Heartland Alliance shelter in the Bronzeville neighborhood were detected around April 8 and quickly grew to 19 by Sunday, according to ProPublica Illinois, which first reported the outbreak. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

2020-21 Non-Tenure Track Faculty Pool – Deafness Studies

first_imgTo apply, visit https://faculty.utexas.edu/career/64962 jeid-5c5c18e1c08f2949bcb8dd404bb72e1a 2020-21 Non-Tenure Track Faculty Pool – DeafnessStudiesCollege/School/Unit: Moody College of CommunicationDepartment: Speech, Language, and Hearing SciencesPosted: Sep 28, 2020Apply By: Open until filledDescriptionThe Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders periodicallyhires temporary non-tenure-track faculty to teach graduate orundergraduate courses in the area of DeafnessStudies. The exact teaching duties will depend on theinterests and capabilities of the individual and departmentalinstructional needs. Positions are not available every semester andare contingent upon student enrollment and the availability offunding.Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders: http://csd.utexas.edu/Moody College of Communication: http://moody.utexas.edu/QualificationsCandidates should hold a degree in a field that is relevant totheir area of instruction. Demonstrated teaching excellence at thecollege level is preferred.Application InstructionsInterested applicants should submit a letter of application acurrent curriculum vita, and three letters of reference.Applications must be made via Interfolio’s ByCommittee solution. Ifyou do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will beprompted to create one prior to applying for the position. If youhave questions about using Interfolio, please email [email protected] or call (877)997-8807.Applications received from the date the position is posted throughthe date the position is filled will be considered. A new postingwill be generated each year. To be considered, candidates mustsubmit updated application materials each time the position isposted.The Moody College of Communication is committed to achievingdiversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it welcomesapplicants who can help achieve these objectives. The University ofTexas at Austin is a tobacco-free campus; for more informationvisit http://www.utexas.edu/tobaccofree/.center_img Equal Employment Opportunity StatementThe University of Texas at Austin, as an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with allapplicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination andaffirmative action. The University is committed to a policy ofequal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on thebasis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability,religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs andactivities, and admissions.last_img read more

Reggie Fils-Aimé on E3: “If the ESA doesn’t figure out how to do this, someone else will”

first_imgMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterWednesday 17th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe ESAFormer Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé was critical of a digital E3 that wouldn’t offer hands-on with the games being showcased, adding that plans for the 2021 edition don’t “sound all that compelling.”During an interview with Gamertag’s founder and host Danny Peña, Fils-Aimé was asked about the ESA’s plans to bring back E3 in a virtual way once again this year, following up on the cancelled 2020 edition due to COVID-19.Fils-Aimé acknowledged that the ESA is on the “right track” and “absolutely right” in doing a digital E3 as it can attract a much wider audience than the typical in-person event. But the lack of playable content is what could jeopardise the event, he continued. “I think that the platform holders need to find a way digitally to enable their fans, their players, to experience the content. Because that’s the key for E3, right? The ability to be playing The Last of Us Part 3 for the first time, or to play that next Breath of the Wild game for the first time, or to play the next great game coming from the new amalgamation of all the Xbox studios.”To play for the first time is what’s magical, and the platform holders need to figure out how to deliver that experience to their fans during an E3-like digital experience. I think that would be huge.”He added that if the ESA doesn’t solve that equation, another company will, mentioning the work Geoff Keighley did last year to replace E3 2020.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “What I’ve read doesn’t go down that path, and if you don’t have all of these different elements working together — so the big announcements, the hands-on, the opportunity in a well-defined timeframe to have all of these announcements — I think that’s what’s key to a successful E3 in the future and, candidly, if the ESA doesn’t do it then other people will.”Geoff [Keighley] did something very provocative last year with his Summer of Games event. He’s going to do something similar again this year, so if the ESA doesn’t figure out how to do this, someone else will.”Keighley announced in February last year that he declined to produce the E3 Coliseum for the 2020 edition, making it the first time in 25 years he hadn’t taken part in E3. In May, he announced his Summer Game Fest, a four-month long festival.last_img read more

How tiny tubular homes could be a salvation for Hong Kong

first_imgHong Kong may be in a state of unrest, but a local design firm is seeking to mitigate the city’s housing crisis with concrete pipes rebuilt as stackable apartments.James Law Cybertecture is seeking city approval to offer micro apartments made from concrete water pipes, called OPod Tube Housing. The firm has built a prototype for its tiny home approach by transforming a pipe that is 2.5 meters wide, or a little more than eight feet, into an apartment that spans 9.29 square meters, or about 30 square feet.Interior features include curvy whitewashed walls and a flat wooden floor. The front panel on the model unit is fully glazed and serves as both a window and a door that residents can unlock with smartphones. A bench seat doubling as a bed, a mini-refrigerator and a microwave oven also would fit into the micro apartment. Complete with a toilet and shower, the white-tile bathroom in the rear of the OPod unit is screened off, with the entire apartment able to be loaded onto a truck with a crane.ADVERTISEMENTJames Law Cybertecture is negotiating with Hong Kong’s government, currently coping with public protests calling for the city’s leader to resign, for clearance to install and rent OPod apartments. Founder James Law sees his portable units as residences that could have up to four stacked atop one another at undeveloped in-fill sites between existing buildings in vacant locations across Hong Kong.Law told design publication Dezeen that it would cost about £11,000 to manufacture each OPod apartment, which tenants could rent for less than £300 a month. He also said the experimental tiny-apartment design would appeal to “young people who can’t afford private housing,” noting that the typical tenant would probably reside for a year or two in an OPod unit before moving.The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Hong Kong exceeds £1,500. The city has been ranked as having one of the least affordable housing markets in the world. Hong Kong’s severe scarcity of housing is rooted in population growth, soaring real estate prices and limited land availability due to its island geography.Other architects in Hong Kong have suggested solutions to the city’s housing shortage that focus on compact residential units. In 2014, a Hong Kong studio called Affect-T floated the idea of installing bamboo micro homes inside vacant factories.More recently, Design Eight Five Two made a 52-square-meter apartment more comfortable with concealed storage space, easy-to-move furniture and sliding partitions, while another local studio, NCDA, created a 34-square-meter apartment roomier by installing a mezzanine with a treehouse-style design. [Dezeen] – Mike Seemuth This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Phish ‘Dinner And A Movie’ Stream Companion: Gamehendge At Great Woods, 7/8/94

first_imgTonight (Tuesday, August 4th), Phish will air their July 8th, 1994 performance at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, MA featuring the last full performance of the Gamehendge saga as the nineteenth episode of their ongoing archival webcast/cooking series, Dinner and a Movie. Tune in below at 8:30 p.m. ET and scroll down to follow along with our 7/8/94 Stream Companion.Phish Dinner and a Movie Episode 19: 7/8/94, Great WoodsThe nineteenth episode of Dinner and a Movie follows the 8/31/12 “F— Your Face” show, the 7/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, the 7/25/17’s Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” night, Magnaball night two (8/22/15), last year’s first night at Mohegan Sun (7/9/19), the first night of the band’s 2016 Halloween run in Las Vegas (10/28/16), the final night of 2017’s Mexican destination event (1/15/17), the band’s first of three nights in Alpharetta, GA in 2018 (8/3/18), the out-there 1997 U.S. tour opener featuring a guest appearance by LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Band (7/21/97), the improv-heavy second night of their 2018 Madison Square Garden New Year’s run (12/29/18), 2013’s Friday night at The Gorge (7/26/13), the band’s 1995 debut at Deer Creek Music Center (6/19/95), the fiery Wednesday night at The Mann in 2015 (8/12/15), an evening at the iconic Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA from 2010 (8/7/10), and an “avant-garde” set two video from Northampton, MA back in 1989 (5/1/89), 2019’s wild Alpine Valley finale (7/14/19), the third night of Phish’s return to Hampton Coliseum in the fall of 2013 (10/20/13), and “Double Chocolate” night of the Baker’s Dozen at MSG (7/28/17).There are a bunch of fun, auxiliary things going on with this week’s Dinner and a Movie. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Episode 19 beneficiary HeadCount has launched various digital initiatives to help turn out voters including the new “Check My Status,” a simple tool for checking your current voter registration status. Fans can win “A Year of Phish” by checking their voter registration online. To enter for a chance to win, check your voter status or update your registration, visit​ headcount.org/checkmystatus​. The prize includes a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, 2 tickets to any show in the year the band returns to the road, 1 year of LivePhish+ and LivePhish webcasts, and a poster signed by the band. SiriusXM Phish Radio is also getting in on the excitement for this week’s Dinner and a Movie with the debut episode of a new fan-hosted program, “Crowd Control,” followed by a simulcast of the 7/8/94 performance. Ben & Jerry’s will also be playing a role in tonight’s festivities. For the dessert portion of tonight’s meal, Page McConnell teamed with the Vermont ice cream makers for the perfect confectionary collab, ice cream sandwiches—because, as Page noted along with his recipe, “At this point you probably already know how I feel about sandwiches.” Now, about this show. As you’ve surely heard by now, the entertainment for tonight comes in the form of the fabled Friday night show at Great Woods on July 8th, 1994. It’s a date that rings out in Phish forums for a number of reasons, most notably that it features the last-ever complete performance of Trey Anastasio‘s Goddard College senior study/rock opera set in the far-away (though thematically familiar) world of “Gamehendge.” There’s plenty to talk about there, and we’ll get to that later.Before we get into the required Gamehendge nerd-ery, we’re going to start in our usual realm with a quick rundown of the non-Gamehendge portion of the evening, set two. While there’s less to unpack on set two, it’s certainly not without its highlights. This set featured the version of “Stash” that would end up on 1995’s A Live One, Phish’s first official live LP and the album that turned a whole generation of fans on to the band. The patiently exploding “Reba” jam into “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” is a prime example of technically proficient ’94 Phish, and the “Frankenstein”–infused “You Enjoy Myself” is about as much of a live Phish highlight as you can hope for on a normal night. That is, unless they just played Gamehendge for set one…Alright, let’s talk Lizards. We won’t try to explain all the intricacies of the detailed Gamehendge narrative in this piece. There are pages and pages of explanations and summaries floating around the Internet, from Phish.net’s FAQ page to the complete Gamehendge Wikipedia page—and that’s not even the same Wikipedia page as the one for The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, the title of the Trey senior study/pseudo “first Phish album” that first introduced the story, the characters, and the land of Gamehendge. TMWSIY also introduced a number of songs that remain alive and sought after by fans at live shows from “The Lizards” to “Possum”, “Wilson” to “AC/DC Bag”, “Col. Forbin’s Ascent”/”Fly Famous Mockingbird” to “Tela” and more. Even beyond those songs, there are several more Phish classics that help comprise the greater Gamehendge canon, like “Divided Sky”, “Llama”, “McGrupp”, “Punch You In The Eye”, “Icculus”, “Kung”, etc. In other words, Gamehendge is, um, dense…We’re here to simplify it as much as possible and provide a little context. The band has played “Gamehendge”—referring to the collective group of songs and their complete, accompanying narration—in concert only four times (that we know of): 3/12/88 at Nectar’s, 3/22/93 in Sacramento, 6/26/94 in West Virginia (which also a near-complete performance of Phish’s Hoist album), and this first of two summer nights at Great Woods in ’94. There was also the 10/13/91 show in Olympia, WA that featured most but not all of the Gamehendge saga/narration, so that one gets an asterisk on most peoples’ list. Phish nerds gonna Phish nerd.While the band has played segments of Gamehendge songs in various shows since, tonight’s Dinner and a Movie show marked the last performance of the “Gamehendge saga” with full narration when it took place more than 26 years ago. At one point, Phish’s old newsletter, the Doniac Schvice, mentioned that the two ’94 Gamehendge shows had been recorded in 24-track digital. Rumor had it the footage was to be used for a CD-ROM project which never wound up coming to fruition. That’s not to say that various fan-made Gamehendge computer games haven’t floated around the lot in years since—they have, and they’re a hoot when you get ahold of them—but Gamehendge has never gotten a proper Phish release.Now, the story. We’re gonna try to keep this brief—and trust us, it’s really hard to keep Gamehendge brief (many a meme has been born of this conundrum). The story is set in the magical land of Gamehendge, born of Trey’s quirky imagination (and, most likely, a childhood affinity for fantasy and sci-fi). It tells the tale of a man who accidentally steps through a portal to a strange world, befriends a band of rebels fighting against an evil ruler, goes on a quest to enlist the help of an almighty deity, and attempts to help the subjugated race overthrow their evil dictator. While rooted in often-silly, medieval fantasy aesthetics, the rock opera is thematically ambitious, serving as commentary on politics, religion, jealousy, greed, the cyclical nature of civilization, the ways in which society repeats its own mistakes.That’s about as succinct as it gets for Gamehendge. There’s plenty more nuance to dive into if you’re of a mind to do it. As mentioned above, there are many more in-depth resources you can look to for in-depth analysis… But if you got this far in the Stream Companion, you probably already know the story. You’ve already worn out your burned TMWSIY CD, pored over every internet theory, discussed the narrative ad nauseum with friends, internalized all the songs. To be a Phish fan is to absorb everything Gamehendge, to know it like you know your favorite movie, your favorite book, your favorite TV series.But tonight isn’t about the story—it’s about the show. These days, chasing Gamehendge at a live show is something of an inside joke. “What do you want to hear tonight? Gamehendge? Right, cool. Wouldn’t we all. Not gonna happen.” Tonight, however, we get to experience that story in full, all at once, together—and that’s just about as close as we’re going to get. For now…We’ll leave you with a list of characters and creatures from Wikipedia to reference as a guide while you watch and send on your way to the land of Lizards. We’ll be right there with you, along for the ride.Gamehendge – List of CharactersThe Lizards (the race of people who inhabit Gamehendge and are dependent on the writings of the Helping Friendly Book for their survival. They’re a race of people practically extinct from doing things smart people don’t do.)Wilson (a traveller who arrives in Gamehendge and eventually captures the Helping Friendly Book from the Lizards and locks it in the top of his castle, thus becoming the sole dictator of Gamehendge)Colonel Forbin (a retired colonel who embarks on a mission to rescue the Helping Friendly Book from the tower of Wilson’s castle)McGrupp (Colonel Forbin’s dog)Rutherford the Brave (head knight of the Lizards who leads a team of allies to help overthrow Wilson)Tela (member of the allies and Colonel Forbin’s object of desire who is eventually revealed as a spy for Wilson)Errand Wolfe (member of the allies who keeps the book for himself after overthrowing Wilson instead of returning it to the Lizards, thus declaring himself ruler)Roger Wolfe (member of the allies, Errand’s son. Hanged by Wilson in the public square on suspicion of treason.)Mr. Palmer (Wilson’s accountant who is hanged by the AC/DC Bag in the town square after he is caught embezzling money to fund the allies)The AC/DC Bag (a robotic hangman with a bag on its head used to hang traitors and enemies of Wilson)The Unit Monster (a giant monster who is a member of the allies and is killed along with Tela for spying)Spotted Stripers (Three-legged messenger birds sent by Tela the spy to reveal information to Wilson about the activities of the allies)Multibeasts (giant four-legged creatures that are used as transportation by the people of Gamehendge, much like horses or camels. They have long curly hair and splotches of brown and white color.)The Famous Mockingbird (a bird who is sent by Icculus to fly to the very top of Wilson’s castle and retrieve the Helping Friendly Book for Colonel Forbin)The Sloth (a hitman who is hired to murder Wilson after the Helping Friendly Book is rescued)Icculus (the Supreme God of the Sky and author of the Helping Friendly Book)Llamas (giant animals used by the Lizards in combat; complete with huge guns on each side)Gamehendge CharactersSetlist: Phish | Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts | Mansfield, MA | 7/8/94Set One: Llama -> NO2[1] > The Lizards > Tela > Wilson > AC/DC Bag > Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > The Sloth > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Divided SkySet Two: Rift > Sample in a Jar, Reba[2], Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > It’s Ice > Stash, You Enjoy Myself -> Frankenstein -> You Enjoy Myself, Julius > Golgi ApparatusEncore: Nellie Kane > Cavern[1] Fish on vacuum.[2] No whistling.The first set included the complete Gamehendge saga, including narration between songs from NO2 through Divided Sky. NO2 featured Fish on vacuum. Reba contained Manteca teases and did not have the whistling ending. This version of Stash appears on A Live One. Mike teased Frankenstein during the bass and drums segment of YEM. The band is also selling some appropriate new merch on Dry Goods benefitting the Waterwheel Foundation.last_img read more

Crew Hospitalized After Air Ambulance Crash in Canada

first_imgA spokesperson for Ornge, which co-ordinates the air ambulance system in Ontario, says the injuries are non-life-threatening. A second paramedic involved in the crash was released.The four-person crew was on its way late Friday to meet a land ambulance involved in transporting a badly injured snowmobiler, who had smashed into a dock on the middle of Rib Lake. KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Ontario — Two pilots and a critical-care paramedic remained in hospital Saturday after their helicopter responding to an emergency in northern Ontario crashed near Temagami, Ont., Canada.last_img read more

Yale is Offering Its Popular Happiness Course to Some High School Students for Free — Including College Credit

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn 2018, Yale Professor Laurie Santos introduced a new course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” to address the growing mental health needs of students on campus. It was an immediate success, attracting more than 1,200 undergraduate enrollees that first semester before it was transformed into the most popular online course in Yale’s history.Now the course is being offered for free to more than 550 low-income high school students across the United States. The students will receive free college cdits upon completion.“Our goal is to equip students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life, while also creating opportunities for high-striving low-income students and students of color to demonstrate college-readiness,” explained Santos, professor of psychology and head of Silliman College at Yale. According to a statement from Yale, the new program—which was developed in partnership with the University of Connecticut and the National Education Equity Lab with support from the Arthur M. Blank Foundation—will be offered in more than 40 Title I schools from 17 cities, including Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, and New Haven. In addition to receiving access to Santos’ lectures, students will be supported by both a local teacher at their high school and a Yale Teaching Fellow.“It is an honor to be involved in this widespread effort to broaden educational opportunities for the diverse student population enrolled in this course,” said Zach Silver, a graduate student in psychology at Yale who is one of the teaching fellows for the new course. “I am thrilled to share my passion for this material with students across the country.”The class, which will be slightly modified from the original, will present students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life and examine what psychological science shows about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more. Students will also have a chance to put these scientific findings into practice.MORE: Johns Hopkins is Offering Free Online Course in Psychological First AidThe original “Psychology and the Good Life” course attracted such a large enrollment of students that it was moved to Woolsey Hall, the largest concert hall on campus. The class has since spawned both a massively successful online course, “The Science of Well-Being,” available for free on Coursera with over three million enrollments to date, and the hit podcast “The Happiness Lab,” a top 5 Apple podcast with over 30 million downloads.“This is a really challenging time, and that means that students need to learn new strategies to protect their mental health,” said Santos. “Our goal is to give students the tools they need to flourish and feel better. But in addition, we can give students a rigorous Yale educational experience and an opportunity to see that they have what it takes to succeed in college and beyond.” CHECK OUT: Yale is Letting Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for FreeEducators, students, or parents who would like to bring “Psychology and the Good Life” to their schools can express interest on Santos’ website.SHARE the Positive News With Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more