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Ken Simmons - Caught in the Act

Two Guitars Clash - Since 2007, when drummer Doug Rowe grabbed a guitar and stepped up to the mike, Two Guitars Clash has been grinding out the kind of six-string salvation the early punks used to such raucous effect. No silly love songs here. TGC tunes touch on world peace and petty crime; the sweatshop economy and international terrorism are laid out on the rock and roll stretcher and eviscerated for the world to see. The latest lineup — lead vox Rowe, Mark Thorne on guitars and vocals, Bob Dicks on bass and vocals and drummer Sean Power driving the works from the throne — released the group's third disc, “Radio Rebelde” on April 26. We were at The Black Sheep in downtown St. John’s to try to catch some of the energy of the release show, and have a chat with Doug about the band and the songs that make up the Two Guitars Clash setlist. Get the podcast here.

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Photo : Ken Simmons May 02, 2016

Julie Brocklehurst - Children's Wish

A Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! - Sometimes, real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.   This past weekend, The Children's Wish Foundation hosted a Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! Children were invited to dress up as a princess or superhero and join in a wonderful afternoon at an enchanted castle with some of their favorite Disney Princesses and Comic Superheroes. It was truly a grand affair for both boys and girls. There were fun structured activities for the kids, free massages for parents, an awesome stage show, and lots of surprises!  The Tea Room was decorated in a beautiful fairy princess style that every little girl dreams of. The event organizers concentrated on every detail to make the afternoon perfect for the children and parents in attendance, as well as for the special little Wish Princesses and Wish Superheroes, whose most heartfelt wish will be funded by the event.  All children love to dress up and play make-believe. A witch, a pirate, a police officer or a race car driver - children's imaginations can transform them into whatever they want to be. For many of the children at this magical event, dressing up as a princess or superhero was an escape from their everyday lives, which can be full of medical appointments and hospital visits. Pretending to be a comic book character is a fun way to escape the real world for the afternoon, and let their fantasies and imaginations take flight! When we think of superheroes, we think of people who are stronger than normal,…

Photo : Julie Brocklehurst February 26, 2016

Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Podcast No. 2 - So it’s take two for our Business Telycast — the Bizcast. The idea is to offer clips from interviews, plus some of those extra bits gathered up in the midst of putting together the stories of the day. A fresh episode of the podcast is being added about once a month, with a page added to this blog for each post — providing show notes and space for any feedback you’d like to offer. At this point I’d like to put in a plug: I’m considering a change in the intro music to something that might allow for a bit of an easier transition into the meat of the show. If you have a recommendation, drop it in the comments box or email me at: afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com. ••• Podcast No. 2 — Show Notes (Time references, brief explainers) 0:00 — Intro. (Music: “Brand New Bark” by Super_Sigil (c) 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Super_Sigil/37335) 0:40 — On learning code Featuring clips from an interview with Ella Blackmore at a coffee shop in St. John’s. (Apologies for the rough cut — being focused on print that day, failed to capture some ambient sound. It’s a process...) Related story: 12-yr-old calling for code in K-12 3:36 — Transition (Soundbible.com; Title: Flyby; A close call whoosing sound eg a car narrowly missing a car; Uploaded: 07.18.11 | License: Attribution 3.0 | Recorded by Conor) 3:37 — On optimism for small business in N.L. Featuring clips from a chat with St. John’s Board of…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick May 11, 2016

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

The Rise of the Robo-Advisor - Much has been reported in recent months about the inevitable rise of the “Robo-Advisor.” Defined by Investopedia as an “online service that provides automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice without the use of humans,” analysts predict the robo-advisor to be a fav among the tech savvy Millennial and Gen Y consumers. As the definition implies, the robo-advisor has mainly set its sights on the investment side of the financial planning equation thus far. More recently, though, it has turned its attention to the insurance market. With adds promising 24/7, non-medical, guaranteed insurance coverage, quick and easy is clearly the sales strategy here.  Anyone who has ever been through the process of applying for traditional life insurance would admit this does have a certain appeal.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to swap peeing in a bottle for keying in an online app?   Surprisingly, quite a few. A study conducted in March by the research group LIMRA, tested eight different marketing messages pertaining to the purchase of life insurance. The “quick and easy” pitch finished dead last.  While everyone agreed there is a need to simplify the purchase of life insurance, there was a definite uneasiness around making that process too easy. Another study conducted by LIMRA in 2015 confirmed that while the robo-advisor does indeed appeal most to younger consumers, it does not replace the desire for human contact. The study found that while the Gen Y’s and Millennials will use robo-advisors to compare products and prices, when it comes time to act, face to face…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott April 01, 2016

James McLeod - Briefing Note

More sunshine - This is just a quick note to say that I’ve added a few more government agencies to the sunshine list. You can check out the full list here. Included in this batch are the NL Liquor Corp., a bunch of the House of Assembly statutory bodies, and the NL Film Development Corp. As before, I asked for the names of everybody who earned more than $100,000 in the 2015 tax year, which is why some of the House of Assembly names are … strange. There are some MHAs on the list who either lost or didn’t run for re-election in the general election, and there are some political staffers who were formerly in the premier’s office but are now working for the Official Opposition. This is an issue that the government will probably need to chew on if they’re going to create an official list: how do you correctly report situations where somebody switched jobs partway through the year? If somebody moves to a different job, but you only look at their total earnings, it can look like their salary is out of whack with their job title. For now, just be aware that this is an issue with the data, and take it for what it’s worth. Speaking of whether the government is going to create an official list, I’m going to be holding off on filing any new ATIPPA requests (on sunshine list stuff, anyway) until the end of May. Siobhan Coady, the minister responsible for Public Engagement, has said that she’s going…

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Photo : James McLeod May 13, 2016