Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Greetings from 2012

First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a kind year to you!

Photo by Ntawnis Piapot

For me, 2011 was a big year in schooling, professional and personal life. Not only did I learn to improve my print journalism skills, but I also had the chance to produce a radio show at the University of Regina School of Journalism and travel to more parts of the world. I've made some great friends and look forward to meeting new ones.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Regina Leader-Post for everything during my internship there in the fall. I learned a lot and had fun on the job and I have you to thank for that. The experiences I have gained have enhanced my qualities as an up and coming journalist.

Now here I am in the early stages of 2012 and in my final semester of university and journalism school. This term I'll be busy writing news stories, features, opinion pieces and papers on the history of the media and about how journalism works in other parts of the world.

Stay tuned for stories to be posted on my blog and check back in soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leader-Post: 16-year-old Reginian designs puzzle app

Jordan Gabrielle holds an iPod Touch that displays
the intro screen to his game Roll With It.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

Jordan Gabrielle was eight years old when he first became interested in game design.

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iTunes App Store - Roll With It


Full quotes from Jordan Gabrielle, who is in Grade 11 and 12 at Western Christian High School to graduate a year early

Jordan Gabrielle’s hand (right) holds an iPod Touch
 displaying his photo beside an iPad displaying
 the intro screen to his game Roll With It.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

"At the time I was kind of a big fan of drawing. I liked drawing, I liked music. I liked all that sort of stuff, stories and to me, it just kind of seemed like all that stuff combined into one. You had art, you had music you had stories.

So I just thought it was kind of something I wanted to get into that kind of pleased all my different interests and put them all together into one.

So that’s what originally what got me motivated into doing that sort of stuff," said Gabrielle.

"I have lots of jobs offers already to go work after high school, but this seems like the most fun to me, just as long as I can make enough money to survive while I’m doing it, but this is definitely something I’d want to do for the rest of my life if I could," continued Gabrielle.

Jordan Gabrielle sits at his work station where he created Roll With It, game that can be played on mobile devices.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

Leader-Post: Regina police and fire advocate responsible choices on New Year’s

New Year’s is a time for celebration, but the Regina police and the fire departments are reminding people to be responsible.

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Plan ahead for your partying tonight...

...or these guys might get you

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Regina Police Service

Ding in the New Year

Additional comments

 "The fire department urges everybody to maintain fire safety philosophy so that we have a fire safe year going into the New Year," said Albert Headrick, deputy chief for Regina Fire and Protective Services. "We hate to see any kind of tragic happen around the festive season.

"If you’re out and about, please stay off the ice. It is not safe and this balmy weather that we’ve had and this amount of snow can be very deceiving.

"We’re just asking everyone to make sure that they are very fire safe … so that we have a fire safe year going into the new year."

Leader-Post: Streets getting back to normal

A City of Regina sanding truck, on Victoria Avenue at the Ring
 Road overpass, heads east into the fog in Regina on Friday.

Photograph by: Don Healy, Regina Leader-Post
After Thursday's rain and snow caused havoc on the streets, things were getting back to normal heading into the weekend.

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Additional Quotes from George Galloway, manager of roadway operations with the City of Regina

"It’s been a fairly favourable step-in to winter this year," said Galloway. "We just appreciate everybody’s patience and hope that everybody recognizes that we are into winter and we need to plan a little more time to get to where we’re going and leave some space in front of the vehicles ahead of you."

"Please watch out for our guys because we do back up frequently and make sure that they give us an opportunity to make the roads as safe as possible," said Galloway.

Note: Thursday refers to Dec. 29, 2011