EXCLUSIVE: Random Rab Takes Listeners All the Way To The “Formless Edge” On New Album

first_imgA luminary of the West Coast’s psychedelic-bass music diaspora, Random Rab rises to occasion with Formless Edge, his eleventh full-length solo opus released Friday, June 16. As a headliner at festivals around the world, Rab has become more than just a DJ or producer, evolving into an ephemeral wizard whose legendary sunrise/sunset adventures have become festival culture rites of passage. Formless Edge is a journey through life, with 15 songs that unveil an ever-evolving kaleidoscope of styles, each embedded with his idiosyncratic codings and vintage visceral vibration. Amid the minimalist programming and trademark electro Rab flourishes on Formless Edge, one will hear the fruits of Rab’s laborious, inventive experimentalism, merging the organic and the electronic. He incorporates over 30 unique instruments and features collaborations with Lapa, Rigzin, Kyrstyn Pixton, Jason Kalidas, and Peia.  Live For Live Music‘s B.Getz has written extensively about Random Rab for some years, and was fortunate enough to run down the mercurial “sommelier of sacred” for a comprehensive Q&A. The man born Rab Clinton was kind enough to open the doors and take us inside his heart, mind, soul and memory in sharing the creative and recording processes on his new album Formless Edge.Live For Live Music: Hey Rab! What an honor to get a few moments with you. L4LM is grateful for your time. I am thrilled to be among the first to discuss with you Formless Edge. Got the album only a couple days ago. Can we start from the top? First single and album opener “Give Me That Hope” starts the journey. What can you tell us about that composition?Random Rab: I got a bunch of these little Volcas [synths] as presents on my birthday, and I just set up all my hardware, [“Give Me That Hope”] is a live hardware track. For me it was right in the depth of the current political climate right now. So in a way, it was sort of my response to all of the pain and suffering happening right now, and a song for the confusion. That is the basic concept behind ‘Give Me That Hope.’ Also, the album itself, conceptually, is a journey–from hope to birth to life to magic and then to death. A journey through life itself, sort of. The first song is the birth…of a life.PREVIEW RANDOM RAB’S NEW ALBUM FORMLESS EDGE HEREL4LM: Rad, Right on. Let’s talk a little bit about how you conceptually got there. The “birth” of this record. What prompted you to make this record at this time?Rab: Well, I usually try not to be too literally political, I think that would be the way to say that [laughs]. I try to make stuff that is more timeless, and isn’t really directly associated with any current events. However, with this last, you know, several months, it’s hard to turn away from it. It’s hard to ignore what’s happening around us, so I felt like it was important to bring people into it with this album. The first several songs, the idea was more of a lighter, uplifting positive feeling. And then it evolves, more and more dark. That was the idea, using the album as a tool to access something within us. There’s just so much darkness around us right now, I don’t want to just jump right into the album, and just have another way to get dark, I guess. The idea was to use the album as a tool to be free.L4LM: Speaking on that theme a little bit: The song “A Little More Free,” is that more of an inward look within yourself? Self-empowerment? I don’t know if that’s where it came from, but that was what I mined from the very first listen. It’s an accessible song for people, more of a pop tune with lyrics. I can see this even reaching a wider audience.Rab: I don’t really approach music as in me making something intentionally accessible. In a way, I was dealing with some personal stuff, getting through a really difficult time in my life, so I guess that’s true actually, there’s sort of a personal message in there. That was also the closest I got to getting somewhat political. I chose the lyrics “the walls that bridge humanity” as opposed to “the walls that divide humanity,” because I think that’s a common theme lately. But yeah, I mean, that was a time when I was really getting back into myself, I was dealing with some dark personal stuff inside, and that song was a way for me to get free. Once again, it’s creating a tool for release, rather than an overarching concept. I don’t really think of stuff as whether it’s accessible or not, just what the song needs. And that is what it seemed the song needed. It needed to feel like that.Photo- Carlton WardL4LM: Wow, Rab. Damn. I appreciate you sharing such a personal accounting of that personal space and place where you were inspired to make that song. My initial impression, having listened, loved, internalized so much of the wonderful music you have made, was that “A Little More Free” felt very personal–something about the alchemy of the textures and your directness in singing it.You mentioned earlier about starting with positive brightness, lightness, to combat the darkness all around definitely an apt description of this album’s emotional story arch. As a listener, it seems like the bridge for that journey is “Outpost Aurora,” and you arrive in that introspective darkness with “Parallels” and, of course, “Redacter.” Would you please bring us a little bit inside of those tunes?Rab:  “Outpost Aurora” was the most recent one, cool because it’s just one of those songs I made in one night. I’ve been getting more and more into setting up all my hardware, just pressing record and doing it all in one take. So I have been super stoked working with analog gear, and “Outpost Aurora” is all analog hardware.“Parallels” is one I did with Ilya Goldberg (Emancipator), he’s LAPA. We called it “Parallels” because he came down to my studio here in Ashland (OR) and set up an entirely separate studio in my studio room. Basically, he has his own monitors, his own set up completely and then we both did Ableton Live links, where we linked up together and I could hear him, and he could hear me. We didn’t talk, and we just wrote the song and we fucking jammed it! But instead of a typical jam situation with guitar and bass, we had two complete studios. We just kept looping the intro for 15 or so, we would love it and keep adding layers and taking them away with out talking to each other about it, so it was like a parallel journey.It was a really unique way to make a song. I had never done that before, so I hope to do a lot more music like that. It’s like bringing back the live jam! You can relate to that, B. One thing I’m really missing in electronic music is the jam, so now I’m going to be able to actually jam with people. Ilya and I, we did it, and it was definitely a great musical experience.LISTEN TO A SOUNDBOARD FROM RANDOM RAB’S SURPRISE SUNRISE SET FROM ARISE 2016 HEREL4LM: On the music nerd tip, was I hearing an actual trap-drum set, live, on those sweet fills? What is that guitar-ish stringed instrument so prominently featured?Rab: Yeah we just brought all the instruments we could to the table. All we had, we brought [laughs]. So violin, guitar , an oud, so much. we just went through and sampled things, and did a lil of the jam thing. We’d just be like ‘okay ‘shut up and record!’ [laughs] ‘Now, my turn!’ We just had an array of as many instruments as possible, cannot remember all the ones we used on that one off the top of my head. “Parallels” has the most variety of fantastic pieces of equipment and recording techniques.L4LM: Tell us more about piano and brushes on “Thunder Shadow?” This tune has such a classic Random Rab feel, forboding, hopeful, ethereal… yet the textures are new, refreshing.Rab: I used to work at Obscura Digital in San Fran way back in the day. It used to be in a different location, in SOMA in SF, and I had my studio in there, and it was this awesome creative playground. So there was this basement–B, it’s the same basement I shot the video for “The Riddle” in years ago. There was a piano in that basement so we went down and recorded this on that same piano in the video.A little side story, really interesting is my friend Nick was playing that piano, and its in that crazy, echo-y room, and when we were finished I forgot to turn my recorder off, and I ended up recording like 16 hours of my life after that! When I went to download the file I’m like “what the heck?! It’s 16 hours long?’ It was in my pocket, you know, recorded all my conversations–a fight with my ex, all recorded! I looked into it, like a weird reality show of my on life, spying on myself without even knowing. I had held onto the recording for years, and then finally I pulled it out and was like ‘It’s this song!’L4LM: “Thunder Shadow” is such a definitive juxtaposition coming off of “Parallels” too. So “Redacter,” I might get misty eyed here [laughs]. This song takes me back to so many glorious live experiences with you, and even some of the darker times in my life that I’ve spoken with you about, too. So naturally I was pleasantly and emotionally surprised to hear this haunting soundtrack to so many musical and spiritual journeys show up on Formless Edge. So first off, thank you! The emotive, juicy, subtle primordial glitch–such a Rab fabric, a crystallized essence of your older sound. I’m curious as to why you chose to release that song on this record. It’s just old school. The only familiar song to my ears.Rab: Totally, I actually had the exact same thought, in a way. I guess we just never ever officially released it. I just had it all this time. ‘Redacter’ was just one of those things where we kept saying ‘we need to work on ‘Redacter,’ we need to work on ‘Redacter.’ So I kind of just finished it up, and I didn’t recognize that we had not ever released it, and I wanted to sort of put a jewel on there, something that was a call back to my older sound. Something familiar for people, so that was the reason I thought it was ok to release an older track like that. You know, in case anyone is weirded out by my new songs, there’s one song for them! [chuckles].L4LM: Yeah, I think there’s another bridge there, because “Parallels” and “Redacter” kind of come from that former space and place, yet remain relevant now. Modern flourishes on top of the classic, if you will…Rab: I feel like sometimes songs age like wine, basically. Their time comes at some point and maybe it’s not when you wrote it, but years later.L4LM: Great point, brother. How about “Water Chandelier”? It sounds totally different than anything else we talked about. Real technological stuff going there. Elaborate on that, if you would please.Rab: “Water Chandelier.” I’ve sort of been working on this reality artifact series. The “Water Chandelier” video will be a part of it. A music video where its all super analog, home grown. I wrote that one right around the time that the Dakota Access Pipeline was happening. So this comes from a “Water is Life” place, or thing, that’s really important to me. I went and shot a bunch of footage of beautiful water for my reality artifact series around here in Ashland. This incredible rock that this water was streaming on, it created this sort of amazing water chandelier. That’s what it looked like…this endless, forever-changing, flowing water. So I wrote that song kind of based upon that visual thing first, which is usually the other way around. But for that one I wrote it to kind of accompany the flow of water.L4LM: A song to accompany the flow of water. Water is life. Give thanks for water! We got you.Another song out of the sonic wheelhouse of what I’ve sort of come to expect from you is “Heavenly Light.” Something I thought was that it sounded like if you had a live folk band, and were making a sort of gospel music, you know, songs of the great spirit…whatever you want to call the Creator. I’m curious about the intention on “Heavenly Light” and also the celestial sound, how you executed it. The Random Rab folk band! (laughs).Rab: You know, B, in a way that’s kind of what it is!  Because I have a secret online persona I use to release random acoustic music on. I don’t really tell people about it. I just kind of put it out, and let it be. When I first released that song, I released it under that moniker. Folk band, yeah. I was imagining myself being accompanied by a band, and a song that sounded like what you said. You know, what would it sound like if it was live? It just seemed appropriate for that song. I wanted the lyrics to come through, I didn’t want it to sound too electronic. I wanted it to feel live. You know there are some obvious electronic elements to it too, but still that feeling where it was old in a way.L4LM: I really dug that tune. The textures again, so rich, so lush, yet understated, beautiful. Great touch.I wanted to ask about the final song “Repose” with the vocalist Peia? Are those her lyrics, her poetry? Give us a little background of that song and where it came from please.Rab: We wrote that song. I had been working on it for a while, and I brought in Ilya on mandolin and violin right around the time of anniversary the passing of a friend of mine. I remember she came into the studio and we really got to talking about it and the story really impacted her [even though] she didn’t know my friend who had passed. And she went and just created those lyrics kind of based on that theme. Yeah, its kind of an homage to a friend who passed away, through her lens.L4LM: One of the themes coming through Formless Edge is the intention to marry the electronic flourishes and organic instrumentation, but not in a way where it sounds mashed up or forced; a homogenous blend, gelling smooth. It’s been attempted quite a bit through the years. It’s hard to do but on this record I think you’ve achieved it, with kind of the less is more approach.Rab:  I’ve been really trying to approach my electronic sound as opposed to kind of computer-generated sequencing, to treat technology like instruments and to, for instance, if I end up creating something of the digital realm, to pull it out to analog somehow. Bring it back in so its actually an analog recording. So that was, from a technique standpoint, one of the big goals I had with this Formless Edge.The idea was to really focus on analog frequencies, even if they started digital, and to find a way to really bring up the resolution. And that was the approach of this album, to really focus on fidelity, and focus on a way to make more frequencies mesh better than techniques I’ve used in the past. Also using outboard gear as much as possible, analog synths, drum machines and what not. I felt like when I approach it like that, it becomes like a live instrument, becomes so much easier to bring in another live instrument with it, because its analog itself. The frequencies have a more harmonic sound, at least to my ear, so that was kind of the approach with this one.L4LM: Wow. Amazing stuff. What a wonderful view into the mind of a wizard.Rab, given my personal path in life, and the role that your music has played in soundtracking it, along with the thousands of others whose lives you have touched in your own special way, it is an honor and a privilege to speak with you about your art. So much gratitude. I’ll be spinning Formless Edge this summer, and will see you in August, in your home state of Oregon, when you score the eclipse.Rab: This was great. Thanks brotha!Symbiosis 2013. Photo: Upful LIFEFormless Edge is available on June 16 via major digital outlets  Bandcamp and iTunes. Special edition audiophile 24 bit aiff flash drive and Formless Edge 6×6 8-page book of artwork is also available via Bandcamp. In support of the new album, Random Rab will tour this summer with ten cities across North America and Hungary. Find out more here.  Connect with Random Rab: Website | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | YoutubeAs told to B.Getzlast_img read more

FairPoint Communications completes merger with Verizon’s wireline operations

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2008) FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE:FRP) today closed its previously announced transaction in which FairPoint merged with Northern New England Spinco Inc. (Spinco), an entity which owned Verizon Communications landline and certain related operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. FairPoint is the surviving company in the merger.As a result of the transaction closing, FairPoint is now the eighth largest telephone company in the United States with operations throughout the country. FairPoint remains committed to enhancing and expanding the communications networks and infrastructures that serve the company’s customer base, while ensuring that it maintains an appropriate and serviceable debt level and returns value to shareholders through dividends.On a combined pro forma basis as of December 31, 2007, FairPoint has approximately 1,906,748 total access line equivalents which includes 1,110,722 residential voice access lines; 505,449 business voice access lines; and 290,577 HSD subscribers, including DSL, cable modem and wireless broadband. In connection with the merger, Verizon received a $1.16 billion cash payment from Spinco and $551 million of 13 1/8% senior notes due in 2018 issued by Spinco, and Verizon’s stockholders received approximately 54 million shares of FairPoint’s common stock. In total, this results in FairPoint total senior secured debt of $1.635 billion, senior notes of $551 million and total shares outstanding of approximately 89 million. This is a great day in our progression. Many dedicated employees have worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone and I am ever grateful, said Gene Johnson, chairman and CEO of FairPoint Communications. The result of our efforts is the creation of the eighth largest telephone company in the United States, one truly dedicated to serving its communities. We look forward to continuing with the integration and emerging from the Transition Services Agreement on schedule. We are all excited about joining with the over 2,500 new employees from Verizon. We are dedicated to putting our customers first in all we do.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates 32 local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com(link is external).This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPoint that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty to update this information.last_img read more

Brock announces for Franklin County Senate

first_imgBrock announces for Franklin County SenateSwanton, Vt., July 1 — Former State Auditor Randy Brock has announced that he will be a candidate for State Senator from Franklin County.”Now more than ever, we need new, energetic leadership in the Legislature to deal with some of the most serious fiscal challenges that Vermont has ever faced,” said Brock. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves to help tackle these issues, and I believe I have the track record of working across party lines to solve real problems.”The Franklin Senate District, in the northwestern corner of the state, is one of Vermonts 13 senate districts. It includes all of Franklin County, except the towns of Montgomery and Richford, as well as the town of Alburgh in Grand Isle County.”Vermont is in a recession,” Brock went on to say. “Our jobs are evaporating and tax revenues are drying up. Property taxes, education spending and Medicare costs are skyrocketing. The housing market is in trouble. The cost of fuel is driving prices for goods and services higher. Our young people are fleeing Vermont in search of good paying jobs. And this winter, not just the poor, but also the middle class, will be suffering as a result of the highest fuel oil costs in history.”Brock accused legislative leaders of misdirecting their priorities on what he called “boutique issues,” like non-binding impeachment resolutions or trying to decriminalize marijuana while criminalizing advertising ‘puppies for sale’ without a license. “They should have been taking action on issues that are affecting the daily lives of every Vermonter,” he added.Brock said that if elected he would work to champion economic development, job creation, sound energy policy, affordable housing and property tax reform. Healso pledged to work on finding ways to solve the health care cost crisis.Recalling his term as auditor, Brock pointed to several high profile audits he led that resulted in millions of dollars in savings. He cited an audit of the Medicaid pharmacy program that surfaced hundreds of duplicate and erroneous claims, an audit of the Windham County Sheriff that exposed thousands of dollars of fraudulent spending and a review of the controversial Chittenden Regional Technical Academy that resulted in tighter controls over state construction contracting.Brock, a Swanton Republican, was elected auditor in 2004 and was narrowly defeated for re-election in an historic recount in 2006. “Although I seriously considered a bid for auditor this year, I decided that it would not be appropriate to run against someone who was serving his country in a combat zone and who would be unable to campaign,” Brock said. “I also feel that I could be of greater service in the Senate, where I could work on crafting solutions to Vermonts fiscal crisis.”Brock retired in 2003 as executive vice president of risk oversight for Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services companies. A Vermont resident since 1970, Brock has lived in Swanton for the past 22 years. He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.Brock is chair of the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and he is also a member of the association’s National Board of Directors. He is a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society and this year joined the board of the Vermont Law School.A Vietnam veteran, Brock left the Regular Army as a captain in the Military Police Corps. He holds the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.Brock holds a bachelors degree from Middlebury College and a masters degree from Yale University.last_img read more

Arsenal risk losing Bukayo Saka as contract talks hit new stumbling block

first_imgSaka has proven himself as one of Arsenal’s rising stars (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal could lose starlet Bukayo Saka if they fail to secure European football for next season, according to reports.The 18-year-old is yet to sign a new contract with the club, with his current deal due to expire in just 18 months.Saka is still on the £3000-a-week agreement he made with the club when signing his first professional contract in September 2018.The Times are reporting that negotiations for a new deal are stuttering with Mikel Arteta’s side facing the prospect of a year out of European competition.ADVERTISEMENTPromising winger Saka wants to carry on his rapid rate of development by continuing to play against Europe’s biggest clubs.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal sit in 10th place in the Premier League table with 13 league games to go, four points away from Manchester United who occupy the final Europa League spot. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Arsenal risk losing Bukayo Saka as contract talks hit new stumbling block Comment Olympiacos v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:52FullscreenOlympiacos v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/olympiacos-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-pre-match-press-conference-2114132/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The north London club are even further from Champions League qualification, seven points adrift from fourth-placed side Chelsea.However, due to Manchester City’s two-year European ban, the team that finishes fifth may gain a route into Europe’s elite competition.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSaka is reportedly attracting interest from rivals Manchester United and Liverpool due to his impressive form for the Gunners this season.The England Under-19’s international has more assists than any other Premier League teenager, despite playing out of position at left-back.MORE: Arsene Wenger backs Liverpool to beat his Arsenal team’s unbeaten Premier League runMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals how new Arsenal signing Pablo Mari has ‘surprised’ him following January move Advertisementlast_img read more

Cardinals rally to beat Dodgers, take three of four games in series

first_imgCatcher Yasmani Grandal called it “a little rough patch.”Whatever the reason, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last 11 games overall, including five of seven against the St. Louis Cardinals. The latest blow: a 4-2 loss Sunday in which the Dodgers blew a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the eighth inning.Juan Nicasio (1-2) was on the mound when all three runs scored. The first scored when right fielder Yasiel Puig let a Matt Holliday line drive dribble under his glove in foul territory and carom around the corner, long enough for Matt Carpenter to score the tying run from first base.The official scorer initially ruled the sequence an error on Puig, then changed it to an RBI triple for Holliday.Whatever the official ruling, the Cardinals seem to have the Dodgers’ number this season. They took three of four games in the series. Three Dodgers, three different explanations.Pitcher Zack Greinke pointed to unfulfilled potential.“The past two weeks,” he said, “we haven’t played our best baseball.”Manager Don Mattingly said the team is “not as consistent as we were early.” The measuring stick separating the two best teams (by record) in the National League may have nudged a bit farther.“We can see what it is we need to do,” Grandal said.Lately, the Dodgers simply need to score more runs.Puig’s miscue might have been the turning point in the game, but it was not the reason the Dodgers lost. They scored six runs in the four-game series, forcing their pitching to be practically perfect. Clayton Kershaw came close Saturday, allowing only one hit in eight innings before Kenley Jansen shut the door.Greinke threw 6 2/3 solid innings Sunday and left in line for the victory. He allowed six hits and only one run, a solo home run by Jhonny Peralta in the sixth inning. Greinke walked only one batter and struck out eight.Left-hander Adam Liberatore retired Kolten Wong to end the seventh inning, then walked Carpenter on five pitches to begin the eighth. Mattingly turned to Nicasio (1-2), a right-handed pitcher, to face the right-handed hitting Holliday. Carpenter might have been held to third base, and possibly second, if Puig had cut Holliday’s line drive off.Instead Carpenter scored and Holliday reached third base. A single by Peralta scored Holliday with the go-ahead run. With two outs, Mark Reynolds doubled in Peralta.Justin Turner drove in both Dodgers runs ‑ Puig in the first inning and Greinke in the third. Puig (2 for 4) and Greinke (2 for 2) each had two of the Dodgers’ seven hits.“I’m pleased with the effort we’re getting and the focus of the guys batting,” Mattingly said. “When you’re not scoring runs you’re going to be disappointed you’re not scoring, but you’re not disappointed with the effort. You’re not giving outs away.”Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick entered the game as part of a double-switch, his first appearance after missing the last three games with a sore left knee.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

DDTV: LOCAL COMMUNITY STUNNED AT DOUBLE-MURDER IN CARNDONAGH

first_imgThe community of Carndonagh has been plunged into utter shock this morning, following the double-murder of a couple in their 70’s.Gardaí made the grim discovery this morning, shortly after 9am.Gardaí found the husband and wife lying dead in their own homes. A man in his 40’s has been arrested in connection with the incident, and is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station.Detectives are currently preserving the scene, and are waiting for forensic experts to arrive to carry out their investigations into the deaths of the pensioners.The sleepy village of Carndonagh are struggling to come to terms with the shocking news.Simply click play on the video above, to get the reaction from the scene of the incident. DDTV: LOCAL COMMUNITY STUNNED AT DOUBLE-MURDER IN CARNDONAGH was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:CarndonaghDDTV: FeaturesDEATHSDouble-murdernewsReactionlast_img read more

Emperor Penguins Get More Respect

first_imgA handsomely-dressed emperor penguin made the cover of Science News this week.  Gerald Kooyman of Scripps Institute is gratified over the success of the documentary March of the Penguins; “I’ve been telling people they’re remarkable for years,” he said.  In the article, Susan Milius brought out several additional amazing facts not mentioned in the film.Diving Champs:  Emperor penguins can dive as deep as 500m for up to 20 minutes, without getting the bends or excess free radicals in their blood.  This is enabled by several adaptations: the ability to lower their heart rate during dives from 200 to 60 beats per minute, storage of extra myoglobin in their tissues, and storing more blood per body weight than humans.  Their stiff bodies and flexible flippers also reduce drag, making them better designed hydrodynamically than most mammals, the article claims.  “They can keep swimming even when their bodies’ oxygen stores have been depleted beyond levels that would knock out a human diver,” a photo caption states; specifically, 20mm of mercury, compared to a human’s lower limit is 25mm.  Scientists still do not understand how the birds can avoid damage from the rush of blood as they surface rapidly and catapult onto the ice.Marching Champs:  The birds make their long marches in complete silence.  Some colonies have a few hundred breeding pairs; others can have 10,000.  There are about 40 colonies known.  In midwinter, there is only three hours of dim light per day sandwiched between 21 hours of darkness under aurora-spectacled skies.Huddle Champs:  The conditions during storms look miserable to us, but the male birds huddle to conserve body heat, and actually get “toasty” at 20° C in groups.  A male could only survive alone only down to -10° C; in groups, they can lower their metabolic rate by 40%.  They seem to actually have to go outside once in awhile to cool off; at all times, however, the safety of the precious eggs must be the highest priority.  Inside the huddle, their heads on flexible necks can be seen sticking up like periscopes once in awhile, with little puffs of warm air indicating things are OK.  In springtime, the young learn to huddle early.  Both parents go off to forage as soon as they can, leaving the young in playgroups to learn on their own.Diet Champs:  The males incubating the eggs all winter actually starve themselves with their bellies full, the article says.  They are able to block their digestion and maintain enough store to feed the growing chick with reserves till the female returns.Travel Champs:  Radio-collared penguins have been found to forage as far as 1,900 km at sea.Fashion Champs:  Those tuxedos have to come off once a year.  In the summertime, the birds fast again for a month, standing on ice floes to molt.  All the old feathers come out and the new fluffy ones come in underneath.  The undercoat of down provides an insulating layer of air, and the oiled outer feathers provide a “waterproof dive suit” that compresses underwater, keeping the downy feathers dry and preventing the chilly water from reaching the skin.The new suit comes in just in time for the birds to forage and begin the next long march.  “How can emperor penguins live like that?” Milius titled her article.  The answer is in their exquisite physical adaptations.  Working together, these adaptations, from cell chemistry to finished coat, give them a life they seem to enjoy in one of the harshest environments on the planet.1Susan Milius, “How can emperor penguins live like that?”, Science News, Week of Oct. 22, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 17 , p. 26.Fortunately, Susan Milius did not try to speculate on how the emperor penguin evolved.  If you tried to count how many lucky mutations would be needed to evolve from a dinosaur to an early bird to an emperor penguin, what number would you come up with?  Hundreds?  Thousands?  Tens of thousands?  It’s a total remake.  The biochemistry of the cell, the oxygen handling capabilities, the pressure protection and scuba gear, the dive suit, the lungs, the bones, the dietary adaptations, core body heat, timing of the molt, ability to waddle upright, the stiff body and flippers, the incubating patch and tough feet, eyes adapted to deep underwater vision, navigating ability over vast distances on ice and in the sea – and these are just some of the physical changes that the ambitious dinosaur would need.    Then there are the behavioral adaptations.  How did the penguins learn to transfer the egg from the female to the male without breaking it, and when did the male decide to forego eating for months, holding the egg on its feet?  How did the males overcome their usual territoriality instinct and decide to pack in tightly together, 10 birds per square meter?  How did the females figure out when the eggs would hatch, and learn to forage only long enough to get back in time to feed them and give hubby a well-deserved break?  How did they find their way back to the correct nesting site?  What made them regurgitate their own food for the sake of a chick they had never seen before?  How do they find their mates when everyone looks alike?  How do the feathers know when to molt all at once (unlike on air birds, who molt continuously), so that the reupholstering job minimizes time out of the water?  Where did they learn those rocket jumps out onto the ice?  How do the young catch on to all this so fast?    Evolutionists provide only empty speculations for these things, arguing from ignorance that “if these mutations had not occurred, the penguins would not be there.”  That only assumes their materialistic view without explaining the observations.  Creationists may not be able to explain everything about why God would create emperor penguins to live like this, but they surely need far less faith than an evolutionist.  If this were the only example of a creature possessing dozens of tight-knit adaptations needing to function together simultaneously or not at all, it would be challenging enough for evolutionary theory.  Now let’s talk about giraffes, bats, water striders, cheetahs, geckos, kangaroos, hummingbirds, humans….(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Neotel academy develops telecoms skills

first_imgIn recognition of the shortage of telecoms skills in South Africa, and to bridge the gap that exists between the skills types that are needed and what is available, Neotel launched a pilot training programme involving 10 youngsters in 2008. Following the success of the pilot project, a full-time Telecommunications Academy was launched in March 2008. The graduates received a Certificate in IT Systems Support that is accredited by the Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (ISETT Seta), is approved by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), and comprises both theoretical and practical components. 25 November 2010 Academy expansion plans Neotel’s expansion plans for the academy include the introduction of an Entrepreneurial Skills Programme for learners and entrepreneurs who don’t necessarily want to enter the corporate world but require further training. Bridging the skills gap In a boost for skills development in South Africa’s telecommunications sector, converged telecoms operator Neotel has announced the graduation of 24 students from its Telecommunications Academy in Midrand north of Johannesburg.center_img SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material To date, 67 students have graduated from the programme, of whom 57 are currently employed by Neotel and the remaining 10 are employed elsewhere in the industry or furthering their studies. The current group are the third batch to graduate from the academy. “Our aim is to develop telecommunications professionals who are technically competent and armed with the requisite business management skills to contribute to the growth of the sector,” said Pandey. “As a sustainable and growing initiative, we are confident that the Neotel Academy will make a meaningful contribution towards accelerating access to new technologies as well as positioning Neotel as a preferred employer.” To enter the programme, learners are required to have completed formal studies in basic electronic engineering at levels S4 or N6. “The philosophy of the Academy is to empower learners through applied knowledge, so that they are able to perform and become productive immediately when entering the workplace,” Neotel CEO Ajay Pandey said in a statement last week.last_img read more

Rattray signs on for MX World Champs

first_img9 September 2013 At the time, the teenage Rattray was relatively unknown in international motocross circles. He joined fellow South Africa Gareth Swanepoel on the international circuit, and the two of them made waves until Rattray finally picked up a ride with the KTM factory team. He went on to be crowned world champion in 2008. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at the age of just 15. Waters, who team up with Rattray in the MX1 line-up for Husqvarna, is currently racing for the Motorex KTM Racing Team in Australia. He has overcome injury in the current season to be in second position in the 2013 National Championship after nine of 10 rounds. Langston got his break in 1998 when he moved to the Netherlands, followed two years later by his victory in the 125cc World Championships. South Africa’s Tyla Rattray has been signed by the Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the 2014 FIM Motorcross World Championships. Rattray is a former world champion, having won the MX2 (250cc) title in 2008. ManagerFinnish Motocross legend Antti Pyrhonen, presently of F1 star Kimi Raikkonen’s Ice One Racing, will manage the Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing MX1 team and brings with him a wealth of first-hand experience in motocross and personal association with the Husqvarna brand. “The new Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna factory team is aiming for the top. We believe it can be reached by our dedication to the sport, and by the commitment of our riders and their determined will to win.” Husqvarna, which is based in Austria after a 2013 takeover by Pierer Industrie AG, recently made clear its intention to be a major player in next year’s Championship series by entering a full factory team for both MX1 and MX2 classes. AMA competitionRattray, who won the MX2 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2008, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA Supercross (SX) and Motocross (MX) competitions in the USA, and ended the 2011 season as runner-up in the AMA 250 MX class. SA’s first world championTwo decades ago Albertyn became South Africa’s first MX world champion when he won the 125cc (two-stroke) Championship in 1992. He later won two 250cc World Championships – in 1993 and 1994 – before relocating to the USA. In the MX1 (450cc) class it will be Rattray and Australian Todd Waters wearing the Husqvarna colours, while in the MX2 (250cc) class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia will represent the new team. “Ice One Racing is pleased to welcome Tyla Rattray and Todd Waters, both from outside Europe, to the World Championship series,’ said Raikkonen. SAinfo reporter Five years ago, Rattray became only the third South African to win a FIM Motocross World Championship, following in the footsteps of Grant Langston and Greg Albertyn, when he became the MX2 world champion after the Italian Grand Prix in September 2008. last_img read more

The Blogosphere in Your Pocket: Regator Comes to the iPhone

first_imgRegator, the popular blog directory and feed reader, just launched its iPhone application (iTunes link). The app, which is available for free, allows users to browse stories from over 500 topics, ranging from travel blogs to pop culture and sports blogs – with a bit of beekeeping and local news from around the world thrown in for good measure. Every one of these topics is curated by Regator’s staff, which ensures that only high-quality blog feeds make it into the app. Every topic also comes with its own memetracker-like ‘popular’ view and a list of currently trending terms within each category.One interesting aspect of the app is that you always have to go to the original source blog to read the full text of each post, no matter whether the blog publishes a full-text feed or not. As the Regator team told us when we first wrote about the company last year, the idea here is to give back to the bloggers featured on the site. One nice aspect of the app is that Regator also displays related stories and images, as well as popular blogs about a specific topic whenever you are looking at a story’s summary page.Besides organizing stories based on popularity, Regator also offers a more traditional view, where stories are displayed in reverse chronological order. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… SharingOnce you bring up a news story, you can also easily share it with your Twitter and Facebook friends right from within the app. While you have to hand over your Twitter credentials, the app has implemented Facebook Connect for sharing stories with your Facebook friends.Something for EveryoneBecause the app covers such a wide range of topics, it really offers something for everyone. You can use it to keep up to date on recent tech events and to see what’s hot within the beekeeping community (this story about urban beekeepers is getting quite a lot of attention right now, for example). Because it is curated by Regator’s editors and doesn’t allow you to add your own feeds, Regator won’t replace your current feed reader. However, if you just want to get a quick overview of what’s hot in a certain community, Regator does a fine job of giving you access to a nice collection of quality blog posts. frederic lardinois Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more