- Created on Sunday, 09 March 2014 20:06
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By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Five long years have passed but the emotional storm that started March 10, 2009 has not subsided.
In the early hours of March 10, 2009 the lives of three families changed forever. Christopher Kinsman, 21, Justin McLean, 28 and Jesse Allen, 27 died when the white Hyundai Accent they were travelling in lost control, crashing into a tree and caught fire just off the road in Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines. The three died on impact.
Kinsman’s mother, Kim Fairy, 45, of St. Catharines, made it her mission to keep the memory of her son and the other victims alive. As she coped with the loss, she began planning a memorial to be held on the one-year anniversary of the accident, the Come & Remember Candle Light Vigil.
“It’s not an anniversary,” Fairy said in an interview. “It’s called an ‘Angelversary’ in our world.”
She was referring to herself...
- Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:26
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By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
As children and teenagers spend more time online than ever before, bullies have followed them from their schoolyards and classrooms into their computers and smartphones.
Cyberbullying has emerged as a daunting social problem. It’s a growing concern and there are no signs of it slowing as children and teenagers gain more access to the digital world. According to Statistics Canada, “more than one-half of Internet users (58 per cent) accessed the Internet via a wireless handheld device in 2012, up from 33 per cent in 2010.”
Andrew Dane, one of Canada’s leading experts in the field of bullying and childhood aggression and a professor at Brock University has turned his attention to cyberbullying.
“Parents worry their child is being victimized,” Dane said in an interview. “It’s about good communication and talking to the child. And sometimes kids are reluctant to talk about it.”
Young children are using...
- Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:34
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By JESSE ROBITAILLE
Niagara News is in the running for two awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper Competition (BNC), held by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA).
It’ll be a few weeks before we find out where we stand in the General Excellence Awards College/University class, which also includes Algonquin College in Ottawa and the University of Waterloo this year. The paper placed first in this category in 2011, but it placed second to Algonquin College last year.
Owner, editor and publisher of Caprice Magazine and graduate of the college’s Journalism program Rick DeVries is also up for an award in Student Photography for his front-page photo of a fallen skater during the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships in Niagara Falls.
Paul Dayboll, co-ordinator for the Journalism program here, said the BNC is a way for the college to promote the program as well as the students’ work.
“It’s always great for...
- Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:36
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By LIANE ABBEY
Niagara College is expanding to the Middle East, generating between $5 million and $10 million in revenue to reinvest in its strategic plan.
Saudi Arabia’s largest tourism region is welcoming a Niagara College campus in the city of Taif. The campus, focused on the development of English language training and academic skills acquisition, will welcome its first group of 150 to 200 students in September 2014.
Successful students will advance their education through diploma programs in hospitality, tourism, culinary and business training, much like those offered at the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland campuses.
The growing partnership between continents began in 2006 with the development and educational assistance of the King Fiasal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In this time Niagara College responded to requests for proposals from the Colleges of Excellence of Saudi Arabia (CoE).
The CoE are focused on improving skills training for young Saudi men...
- Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:28
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By CATHY McCABE
“We’re using less and producing more.”
As part of an assignment, four second-year students in the Greenhouse Technician Co-op program built a Nutrient Film Technique (NTF) system combined with a solar power system.
Kayla McClay, one of the students who worked on the project, says, “These types of systems are the future of our industry. We’re using less and producing more.”
The assignment for the Greenhouse Crops II class was to research and create an alternative growing system. The NFT system is hydroponic; it uses water instead of soil to grow plants.
McClay, 30, of Woodstock, Ont., says the NFT system starts with a feed tank of water and nutrients. A valve controls how much water goes through tubes to the plants. She says a thin film of water irrigates the roots and then drains into a basin.
The project’s research began last semester. McClay says, “We had a research project,...
- Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:35
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By ALEXANDRA MONTANA
Say goodbye to Flappy Bird.
Although the game had been the top free app in more than 110 countries and gained $ 50,000 in ad revenue per day, creator Dong Nguyen removed the game from Google Play and Apple’s App Store on Feb. 9.
Released on May 24, 2013, the game made no impression on the download charts, but slowly its popularity began to pick up, reaching more than 50 million downloads.
However, Nguyen says in a series of tweets on Feb. 8, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
It became known among smartphone users for its extreme difficulty and was recommended to those who enjoy retro arcade games,...
- Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:52
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By JESSE ROBITAILLE
“Man is by nature a political animal.” — Aristotle
But we were creatures of habit long before entering the world of politics — a history that’s very telling of our current state of being.
Habits and patterns are evolutionary, but politics is learned behaviour. Hunter S. Thompson said politics is the art of controlling your environment, but I hardly see anyone taking control of their own existence and becoming politicians of their daily lives. Perhaps, we lack our parents’ artistry or maybe we’re distracted and tired.
After all, times have changed. It seems information could be hurting us rather than helping us. We have access to vast resources and seemingly self-replicating technology, but we’re only a step or two past apes biologically. Our technology has evolved faster than our biology. There is so much to do and see and so little time to do it in, but I’m not...