Nine Inch Nails Confirm 2017 Band Lineup For Both Upcoming Festival Appearances

first_imgIn late December of 2016, NIN dropped their latest EP, Not the Actual Events, three years after their 2013 Hesitation Marks. With two more releases on the books for this year, we look forward to hearing what the band has been up to during their time off. Nine Inch Nails have confirmed two performances in 2017, marking their triumphant return after a three year hiatus. The industrial rock band will be making two headlining appearances, at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, July 21 – 23, and again the next weekend at Panorama Music Festival in New York City, June 28 – 30. Earlier today, NIN shared an image on their social media pages that confirms the lineup for these upcoming shows.Frontman Trent Reznor will be joined by guitarist Robin Finck, keyboardist Alessandro Cortini, drummer Ilan Rubin, and their newest official member, Atticus Ross. See the illusive announcement below:last_img read more

DONEGAL’S OWN ADVENTURER HELPS TEEN COMPLETE ROUND-IRELAND KAYAK

first_imgA teenager from Portrush, Co Antrim is in the final stages of his solo charity adventure around Ireland in a self-made skin-on-frame sea kayak.Nineteen-year-old Hamish Wilkinson left the comfort of his home in June and is currently kayaking off the Donegal coastline with support from our own adventurer Carrickfinn man Anraí Ó Domhnaill.The teenager set off on his adventure on June 28 and hopes to reach Portrush this week. He has battled storms off the Dingle Peninsula and the challenging waters at Benwee Head on the South West of Donegal bay in his bid to circumnavigate the island.His aim is to become the youngest individual to circumnavigate Ireland on a solo expedition and to complete the expedition in a hand made traditional kayak.The kayak was built by Hamish and his dad John of Valkyric Craft Classic Canoes. The paddles are traditional Greenland Paddles built by Hamish and handshaped and finished in oils.Hamish is also hoping to raise funds for charities Action Cancer and Greeenpeace. Donegal’s own adventurer Anraí is providing logistic and service support to Hamish along the Donegal Coast section of his epic trip.He said: “This charitable young man is an inspiration to us all. I observed him paddling in the wild Atlantic along treacherous stretches of the Donegal coast.“Safety and respect for the sea are core values for Hamish. Although young in years, he is at one with the sea and is clearly a very highly skilled boatman who possesses great courage, stamina and endless determination.“I am certain that he will achieve his Expedition Aims in the next few days on the final stage of this Extraordinary Expedition. To Build your own boat and Paddles and paddle around Ireland is very special.”The teenager has his own Facebook page where you can get updates on his adventure: Hamish Around Ireland and also a blog http://www.valkyriecraft.com/hamishroundireland.htm DONEGAL’S OWN ADVENTURER HELPS TEEN COMPLETE ROUND-IRELAND KAYAK was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: HSU announces Michelle Bento-Jackson as new Lumberjacks head coach

first_imgARCATA >> The buzz is alive in the Humboldt State Athletic Office as Michelle Bento-Jackson will take the helm for the Lumberjacks Women’s Basketball program for the coming season.“It was a national search so candidates from all over the country applied and one of the primary things we were looking for was a proven record of success,” Associate Athletic Director Tom Trepiak said. “She has that for sure.”Bento-Jackson brings to the table a four-year run as head coach of the NCAA Division II …last_img

Watch This Space:  What, and When, Was the Ediacaran Biota?

first_imgEvolutionary paleontologists are understandably very interested in the Ediacaran period (recently added to the geologic column) because, to them, it incorporates “the most ancient complex organisms on Earth.” As classified, this Precambrian period (dated 580 to 543 million years old) precedes the Cambrian explosion by some 20 million years, yet “remains one of the greatest enigmata within evolutionary paleobiology.”2 The type section for which it is named, discovered in 1946, is in the Flinders Ranges, Australia. Paleontologists had classified several species from the original Australian deposits and others in England and Russia. Some thought their frond-like shapes indicated they were possible ancestors of sea pens or even jellyfish, that arose later in the Cambrian. A new sample of exquisitely-preserved Ediacaran fossils was uncovered in Newfoundland, and reported by Guy M. Narbonne in the Aug. 20 issue of Science.1 Martin Brasier and Jonathan Antcliffe analyze the samples in the same issue2, but feel the time has come to “raise difficult questions about the methodology used to analyze Ediacaran fossils.” They take issue with classification by analogy, the idea that because some of the fossils resemble sea pens, they are related by evolution. An alternative view is likely:Paleontologists eagerly sought relationships between Ediacaran fossils and living seapens and worms, jellyfish and crabs. This “great ancestral” view has held sway for almost 40 years, but a growing number of paleontologists argue that Ediacaran creatures were not ancestral to Cambrian life at all. They suggest that members of the Ediacara biota were uniquely fashioned beasts that met their doom at the end of the Precambrian.Narbonne seems perplexed just how to classify these animals. “It is difficult to relate rangeomorphs [a clade of Ediacaran animals] to any modern group of macroscopic organisms, and they appear to represent a ‘forgotten’ architecture and construction that characterized early stages in the terminal Neoproterozoic evolution of complex multicellular life,” they conclude their paper. Brasier and Antcliffe also take issue with the practice of classifying forms into different species without considering the possibility they may be stages of development of a single species:Our concern is that the current “Ediacaran species concept” is no longer tenable. It is based on a “typological” approach using type specimens rather than populations, and on an “analog” approach that compares fossil morphologies with modern organisms according to assumed similarities. But these similarities could well have evolved independently. This approach is therefore unsound for deciphering long-extinct groups and, unlike cladistics, is an insecure basis for classification. We need quantitative studies of fossil populations, with analysis of morphological gradients [i.e., transitional forms–ed.] in the same geological successions and bedding planes, as well as detailed analyses of growth programs (morphospace), life history (ontogeny), and evolutionary history (phylogeny). It is premature to put forth any evolutionary history for fossils whose diagnosis has been conceived without reference to a postulated growth program observed through successive stages of ontogeny. Without such reference, both the taxonomic pattern and the evolutionary processes responsible for it will remain obscure.They point out several differences between Ediacaran animals and living sea pens and corals. They note also that many of these alleged “species” overlap each other in the strata. Reading the history of Ediacara is like reading hieroglyphics, they say, but a “Rosetta stone” is lacking. The only way they can fit an evolutionary account to the data is to suggest that speciation occurred by heterochrony: i.e., “architectural novelty arose through accentuation of adult or juvenile growth stages.” For his part, Narbonne simply assumes that ancestors for the Cambrian explosion existed in the Ediacaran period, but it wasn’t these creatures: “It is probable that the Ediacara biota included stem groups for the Cambrian explosion of animals, but there are no obvious analogs for rangeomorph architecture and construction among modern taxa.”1Guy M. Narbonne, “Modular Construction of Early Ediacaran Complex Life Forms,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5687, 1141-1144, 20 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099727].2Martin Brasier and Jonathan Antcliffe, “Paleobology: Decoding the Ediacaran Enigma,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5687, 1115-1117, 20 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102673].Yes, it is time to ask difficult questions. They just admitted that these fossils appear suddenly, then disappear, with no clear relationship to the Cambrian fossils that followed. As such, they are no help to explaining the Cambrian explosion. They already had complexity, forming leaf-like fronds with three levels of fractal patterning. Yes, we agree; they appear to be “uniquely fashioned groups.” One sentence demands another look: “We need quantitative studies of fossil populations, with analysis of morphological gradients in the same geological successions and bedding planes, as well as detailed analyses of growth programs (morphospace), life history (ontogeny), and evolutionary history (phylogeny).” In plain English, this means: we can’t tell an evolutionary story if we have no transitional forms to connect the dots. Now for some difficult questions of our own. Does anyone see an evolutionary picture in the Ediacaran biota? Is anyone convinced by the dates attached to the strata, which have been stitched together from four continents? Is anyone impressed by giving a just-so story a fancy name like heterochrony? The conclusion of their article teases, “If this sequence of evolutionary development (heterochrony) is correct, then perhaps we are about to break the code to the evolution of the Ediacara biota, the earliest animals. Watch this space.” Interesting ending: “Watch this space.” This implies that there nothing to watch except space: i.e., emptiness, a void, a vacuum. If, after 58 years of speculation about the Ediacaran biota, the evolutionary story has left nothing but a space, asking us to watch it as if something important is about to happen sounds like an empty promise from a used Darwinmobile salesman. Last question (an easy, not difficult one): any takers?(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

From Nollywood to New Nollywood: the story of Nigerian film’s runaway success

first_imgNollywood is Africa’s first economically viable film industry and one of the greatest explosions of popular culture ever seen on the continent. Nigerian film, long known for B-grade fare, is now producing high-quality movies able to compete internationally – allowing Africans to tell their own stories to the world.Lizelle BisschoffThe film industry of Nigeria has been described as one of the greatest explosions of popular culture that Africa has ever seen. It is the first economically self-sustainable film industry in Africa.Initially through the use of video technology, and now affordable digital technology, Nigeria produces more than 2000 films per year. The industry, popularly called Nollywood, is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world in terms of output after India’s Bollywood.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the African continent, to the African diaspora in Europe, North America and Australia. It has even gone as far as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.Watch the trailer for October 1, the latest film by award-winning Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan:The appeal of homegrown stories and charactersBut it is in Africa that Nollywood has had the greatest impact. For African audiences who have for decades been fed imported films, the development of a local, homegrown film industry is hugely significant and important.The industry is an example of Africans being empowered to tell their own stories to the world and to each other, using their own creativity, platforms and experience.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the continent and Nollywood films are watched all over Africa, from Kenya and Tanzania to Cameroon, Guinea and Togo. They are sometimes dubbed or translated through live interpretation at public screenings.The model has also been exported and adapted across the continent. Video-film industries have been emerging in many countries, including Riverwood in Kenya, Ugawood in Uganda and Bongowood in Tanzania. There are also similar industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The most obvious explanation is that the films display familiar and recognisable cultural beliefs, lifestyles, traditions, societal and sociocultural structures, histories, settings and locations. Their themes and narratives tap into the fears, dreams and aspirations of audiences.Nollywood seems set to expand, grow and diversify along with audience tastes, viewing habits and the industry’s technological advancements. This is evident in the hugely popular Tanzanian video-film industry, Bongowood.Born out of adversityGoing back to the beginning, the seeds of Nollywood were planted in financial turmoil in the late 1980s. Nigeria was experiencing difficulties as a result of political unrest and measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.This economic climate made film-making on celluloid prohibitively expensive, and created a fertile ground for other, more affordable methods to develop. Nigerian businessman Kenneth Nnebue is generally credited with producing the first major Nollywood film, Living in Bondage (1992).The film follows the tale of a man who joins a secret cult and murders his wife in a ritual sacrifice to gain wealth. It is set within the thematic and stylistic characteristics of superstition, witchcraft, religion, the quest for upward mobility and melodrama in Lagos’s urban landscape.It explores corruption, love triangles and domestic disputes – all themes that have since been replicated in many Nollywood narratives.Watch Living in Bondage in full:Click here to watch Part 2 of Living in Bondage. From VHS to digitalSince the VHS industry of the 1990s, Nollywood has embraced digital technology. The industry captures the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigeria through the use of affordable and accessible technology. These are small-scale digital cameras, desktop editing software, and distribution primarily on DVD and video compact disc. These sell for around $2 per copy in Nigeria, and are watched at home, on street corners, in cineclubs or in video parlours.While the term Nollywood is generally used to refer to the entire industry, it is important to note that it is not unified. There is a great deal of diversity and many different variations. Different genres exist, including horror, melodrama, comedy and action, as well as language divisions. It also includes films in English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.Watch the 2002 comedy Aka Gum in full:Despite its enormous output, financing remains low, with the average budget for a Nollywood film being around $20 000 to $75 000 (around R270 000 to R1-million). The industry is often criticised for low production values. It is characterised by rapid turnaround times, the lack of script development, bad lighting and sound, low-budget special effects and amateur editing.Directors are mostly self-taught, and are often less important and lower down the Nollywood food chain than stars, producers and distributors. Distributors often act as producers.Despite all of this, the popularity of Nollywood demands film aficionados, scholars, festivals and cinema programmers take it seriously. A growing body of Nollywood scholarship has emerged over the past 15 years.From budget to blockbusterA number of Nollywood directors have started to make higher quality films. These are sometimes referred to as “New Nollywood”, New Nigerian Cinema, or the New Wave. These films are seen more widely than standard Nollywood fare and are accessible to non-African audiences. New Nollywood includes the work of directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Obi Emelonye, Jeta Amata, Stephanie Okereke and Mahmood Ali-Balogun.The budgets for these films have also increased considerably, ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 (R3.4-million to R10-milllion). The production cycles are also much longer. The New Nollywood films should therefore be recognised as very different from the low-budget video format films.Red-carpet premieres attracting huge audiences now take place regularly across the world from Nigeria to other African cities and urban centres with a big African diaspora. Film festivals internationally have also picked up on its huge popularity. Special programmes with a Nollywood focus have taken place in Paris, London and New York, among others.Nollywood can also be watched on pay-TV networks and free-to-air broadcasters across the continent and beyond. South Africa’s M-Net, which broadcasts across Africa, has channels dedicated to Nollywood. Intrepid distributors, mostly from the African diaspora, have created video-on-demand platforms for Nollywood. One example is the huge iROKOv. This has increased accessibility to African diaspora audiences.Even Netflix has acquired a number of Nigerian films, indicative of the platform’s realisation of Nollywood’s popularity and commercial potential across the world.Watch the trailer for the 2013 drama Finding Mercy, one of the Nollywood movies now available on Netflix:Lizelle Bisschoff is a Research Fellow in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of GlasgowThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

We’re building momentum, Proteas promise

first_img13 March 2015The Castle Lager Proteas are building good momentum as they head to the quarter- finals of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.The South Africans finished the group stages with a 146-run win over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday.The Proteas are virtually guaranteed second place in Pool B. Either Pakistan or Ireland could finish level with the South Africans on 8 points, but they have virtually no chance of overturning the vast difference in net run rate.The Proteas’ likely quarter-final opponents are Sri Lanka, who are currently second in Pool A, but there is an outside possibility that they could play Australia or Bangladesh. For that to happen, there would have to be at least one major upset with Bangladesh playing New Zealand in their last pool match and Australia taking on Scotland.Man-of-the-match AB de Villiers once again proved his versatility when he first laid the platform for the Proteas total after they had been sent into bat – and then he led the acceleration into the final 15 overs.He made top score of 99 (82 balls, 6 fours and 4 sixes) and in the process set a World Cup record for the most sixes at a tournament. He has now hit 20 sixes to go past the 18 sixes that Matthew Hayden hit at the 2007 edition.The South African captain is the second player after Kumar Sangakkara to achieve an aggregate of 400 runs for the competition.For good measure, De Villiers also returned career best bowling figures of 2/15 and is, statistically speaking, the leading all-rounder in the side.Morne Morkel (2/23) was the pick of the South African attack. He is now the joint second leading wicket-taker at the tournament (13).De Villiers said afterwards that the game was a good all-round exercise for his squad. Most of the batsmen spent some valuable time out in the middle, along with the part- time bowlers, who went for 3 for 38 runs in 10 overs.“It was a good performance, these are always tricky games,” De Villiers said after the match. “I thought they [UAE] bowled pretty well up front and made it difficult for us. It was one of my harder knocks out there today, it was really hard work.“We got a nice foundation again, which I’m very happy about, so we could free up nicely towards the end. I’m also happy about the fact that Quinny [De Kock] and Farhaan [Behardien] scored some runs. Some of the lower-order also got an opportunity to hit a couple of balls, even Vernon [Philander] got in. Those kind of things will definitely help us going into the knock-out round.”De Villiers says it was a difficult decision not to give some of the fringe players a go, especially Aaron Phangiso, who is yet to play a game. But he said he could trust the left- arm spinner to perform if he was needed.“It was a tough decision for us,” De Villiers said. “We were very tempted to play Phangiso in the team. It’s been a long tour for him, but his attitude has been superb, and I’ve got to compliment him on that. He works really hard in the nets. I know what he’s capable of, so I won’t be worried if something were to happen to Imran Tahir and we’ll have to play him in one of the knock-out games.Phangiso’s a “big-match player, he always has been”, he said. “I bowled him in those final overs in PE for a reason – because he’s always that kind of guy that wins you a match when it matters most. If his opportunity comes, I know he’ll grab it with both hands.”The Proteas travel to Sydney on Saturday where they will await confirmation of their quarter-final opponents.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: Pakistan beat South Africa.12 March, 3am: South Africa beat United Arab Emirates.Quaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africalast_img read more

Denham Town Zone of Special Operations Extended

first_img This follows approval by members of the House of Representatives during the sitting of the Lower House on Tuesday (September 18). The Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, West Kingston, has been extended for another three months.This follows approval by members of the House of Representatives during the sitting of the Lower House on Tuesday (September 18).With the extension, the anti-crime initiative, which was slated to end on October 2, will remain in place until January 2019.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who put the motion forward, said that the extension will enable the transformation of the community through intensified social intervention, and security measures.He said that failure to continue the initiative would disappoint the expectations of law-abiding citizens in the community, to the advantage of the criminals.“Our resolve therefore, must be greater than the resolve of the criminals, and we must demonstrate the (determination) to take extraordinary measures… and we must show, as a collective, as a Parliament, that we have the stamina to sustain the measures that have been working,” Prime Minister Holness stated.Giving an update on the initiatives being undertaken in the community, the Prime Minister told the House that the zinc removal project is almost complete.“It has had great effect in uplifting the community. Significant work continues in the support for education, and during the summer period, several programmes were put in place, including summer camps, retreats and various activities to get our students ready for school,” he informed.He further cited a programme where community organisations, including youth groups, can apply for grants to undertake capacity building, and the acquisition of equipment.Mr. Holness said he recently signed off on a $184 million initiative, through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to further infrastructure upgrade in the community, which will go to Cabinet shortly.The House is expected to vote on a three-month extension of the State of public emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division on September 19. The Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, West Kingston, has been extended for another three months. With the extension, the anti-crime initiative, which was slated to end on October 2, will remain in place until January 2019. Story Highlightslast_img read more