Increase Your Followers On Soundcloud

There is pretty new online Soundcloud promotion service offered to musicians, bands or solo artists to help promote their music and names. A member can post their songs for people to listen to. Like other social media sites, Soundcloud members have followers which can be gained with the service.

Each time someone starts following an artist, all of their friends will see the name of that artist. They can then listen and decide to follow as well. The more followers an artist gets, the more their name shows up on pages and becomes recognized. The service is not free, but service offers four different packages for a user to choose from.

Starting at $25, a member makes an easy payment using PayPal and can begin exploring a large selection of artists. So, not only does it benefit the artist, but …

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Jim Hennons Prairie View Buck

Webster defines the word as the power supposed to determine the outcome of events. Sometimes in deer hunting, fate plays a dynamic role. Such was the case with 31-year-old Jim Hennon of New Hampshire, Ohio.

Jim has been hunting for 21 years. Early in life, squirrel hunting with dad was an annual occurrence each autumn. As time went on, Jim’s desires turned to hunting deer, and he took up the sport as soon as he was able to hunt safely and effectively with a shotgun and rifled slug. (Shotguns with slugs and muzzeloaders are the only firearms legal for deer hunting in Ohio.)

In this upper Midwestern section of Ohio, most of the terrain consists of agricultural flatlands with scattered 5-20-acre woods with bushy fence rows and a few thickets strewn throughout the landscape. Most of the locals refer to …

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CCA (Center for Culinary Arts) at the Podium

I have a group of friends at work that came together through the Badminton Club at the office and became fast friends. Yearly we have what we call a Christmas Lunch which, over the years has been celebrated later and later. So our Christmas Lunch for 2011 was held end of January 2012. Not too late by our standards  Organizing was difficult. So finally H the Dictator put her foot down and said we are having it at CCA at the Podium and it will be a dinner!  Be at the main lobby at 5:45 sharp! Nobody argued and everybody was there on time CCA at the Podium just opened I think because the last time I ate at Yakimix, it wasn’t there yet. I don’t remember what was there in its place though. So, we studied the menus for …

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There are nine basic steps to learning archery

Ok, ok I know what you’re thinking, Robin Hood, men in tights. But this is not the type of archery I am going to present to you. Archery has evolved from the Medievalist, scary and somewhat barbaric past to a fun, exciting and disciplined sport. Like with any other sport it takes discipline hard work and commitment o master, it takes time before you can consistently hit the bull’s eye.

There are nine basic steps to learning archery although they may seem simple they take some time to master. They are stance, nock, set, pre-draw, draw, anchor, aim, release and follow through.

The first step is stance; archers have their feet planted on the ground, side by side so that your weight is evenly distributed.Then there is the Nock, finger and hand placement. The nock is the part of the …

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BLVD Gallery

Today was totally awesome because I was riding my bike, got hit by a car, and did a heels-over-head flip onto the pavement. Somehow I managed to escape any major injuries. My knee is a little swollen (hit it on the bike, not the ground) and my elbow is slightly bloodied, but I’m feeling amazingly well. Not even a scratch on my helmet. I think all those years of playing keeper and learning how to hit the ground semi-gracefully finally paid off.

The completely maddening thing is that I was riding completely safely IN THE BIKE LANE on 3rd. The dude just turned right in front of me. Riding in that bike lane is more of a death trap than any of the other stupid shit I do on my bike.

If I was an opportunist, I would have had …

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Kyle Imao Wins Pinoy Junior Masterchef

It’s the one show that I never miss, Pinoy Junior Masterchef. I watched it from the beginning, August 2011, I believe. It was very entertaining to watch little kids cook and move so well in the kitchen, I can’t believe they were 9-12 year old kids. Where did they learn how to cook? The skills they had were very advanced for their ages. After watching the show for sometime, I learned that some of them watched their parents or relatives while cooking. The families of some had restaurant businesses. Aha! Now it make sense. Also, there is that interest in cooking.

I like to cook as well. I would have written “love to cook” but cooking depends on my mood and craving, so it is not constant. Although I never follow recipes to the letter, I always have to have …

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Heaven is for Real

My friend T was telling us over coffee and dessert the other week about this book, Heaven is for Real, where a 4 year old boy went to heaven and met Jesus. It happened while he was having an appendectomy. The story sounded so amazing that I had to read it for myself. Which I did, in one sitting. Well, actually I was lying down. The Twerp was already sleeping and I decided to read it a bit, just a few pages. I ended up sleeping around midnight because I could not put it down. Good thing it was pretty short.

There was no record that he “died” for a few minutes while being operated on and was brought back like some of the similar stories I’ve heard before. Still, I am inclined to believe the story, Heaven is for …

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Burgoo at the Podium

The other day I didn’t know what I wanted to do for lunch. I had tons of work to finish but I also wanted to take a break. So I called up a couple of friends to see what their plans were. I talked to Reena who was feeling the same way I was. Kind of lazy, not hungry but want to eat, don’t know where to eat, although we really should work through lunch because we had tons of work to finish. We all have days like that. Eventually we decided to go out and eat, someplace comfortable and just be. We went out and ate the Burgoo at the Podium which is a short walk from our office.


Not many people were eating there, usually it’s full at lunchtime with office workers around the Ortigas area. We …

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Barrio Fiesta Crispy Pata

I had a sudden craving for crispy pata last week. Hmmmm…who was the easiest friend to convince to come with me? K of course. She immediately said yes when I said I wanted crispy pata at Barrio Fiesta in Megamall for lunch. We asked other friends because the meal we intended to order was the set meal for P750 which included crispy pata, kare-kare and rice. It’s good for 3-4 people but we couldn’t find anybody else to join us. No matter. We went ahead anyway.


You know what? We polished off the crispy pata, just the two of us. Barrio Fiesta crispy pata is still the best…

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Marathon man

Evert van Benthem is ridiculously famous in his native Netherlands.
In Spruce View, he’s just a dairy farmer.
Van Benthem is a two-time winner of the prestigious 11-Cities Tour, a 200-km skating race over the frozen canals in Friesland in northern Netherlands.
Considering the race has only been held 15 times in the last 100 years (the race goes whenever the canals freeze, which isn’t often), and van Benthem is the race’s only two-time winner, his fame in a country that ranks speed skating second only to soccer is immeasurable.
“Evert is a real legend in Holland,” said fellow Dutch-Canadian Dirk Appel. “He had a lack of privacy over there. He would sit out in his back garden and people would come around asking for signatures.”
The 40-something former professional speed skater won the 11-Cities Tour in 1985 and 1986 …

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Beating caused brain damage: trial

The victim of a downtown beating testified in court Monday that the last thing he saw before losing consciousness was a two-by-four about to strike his face.
Edward Demas, 55, was testifying before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Jim Foster at the York trial of Timothy Knowles, 20.
Knowles is charged with aggravated assault and robbery.
Demers touched the right side of his face several times as he spoke, explaining that he still had no feeling there.
His speech is slurred and he suffers short-term memory loss.
“My doctor says I have brain damage,” he said.
Demers’ right leg was also injured in the attack and he now limps.
He said he suffers severe headaches and is under a doctor’s care. He cannot work and receives AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) from the province.
Demers said the day …

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Business concerned by city tax hike

The steep increase in this year’s city budget is likely to stir mixed responses in the business community, says the president of the York Chamber of Commerce.
“I guess my reaction is it’s high,” said Don Oszli, said of the 6.7 per cent municipal tax increase approved by city council Monday night.
The chamber had pencilled in the inflation rate as a reasonable increase.
“I think you’re going to see a mixed reaction. I think you’re going to see some thinking that it was probably inevitable.”
It was probably unrealistic for people to expect the city to continue to bring back no tax increases as it did for a number of years in the 1990s, he said.
The size of the increase may not sit well with some who will prefer that it be spread over two years.
Oszli said …

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Council pay review set for April

York city councillors unanimously approved a 3.25 per cent raise for themselves and managers Monday.
The increase — which matches last year’s — will boost councillors’ annual wages to $16,765 from $16,240.
The mayor’s salary will increase to $68,490 from $62,845.
The city’s top wage earner, city manager Norbert Van Wyk, will see his salary increase to $133,400 from $129,200.
About 75 non-unionized staffers will receive the increase, which will add $220,000 to the city’s $117 million operating budget.
Some councillors spoke in support of the formula tying councillors’ raises to that approved for managers, superintendents, supervisors, directors and some specialists.
But others have questioned whether councillors’ workloads have grown to the point where it’s time to boost paycheques.
“It should be $30,000 to $36,000,” said Councillor Jeffrey Dawson.
In the last 25 years, council has gone from a one-third …

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Drugs, sex and safety

Club Safe York isn’t the newest lounge in the city but members are very familiar with local raves, the after-hour club and the bar scene.
Club Safe is a group of about 10 volunteers, age 18 to 27, promoting safe sex and providing information on the serious health risks of street drugs.
They’ve visited clubs and music festivals since summer, distributing condoms, and suckers with drug warnings labels.
Club Safe co-co-ordinator Michelle Lewis said it’s all about harm reduction.
“We see the big picture on how it will affect the community in the long run,” Lewis said. “York is getting to be a bigger centre and it’s getting to see the problems of Calgary or Edmonton.”
People are ignoring many dangers — AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and drug overdoses, she said.
“There’s also a lot of kids mixing …

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Mission of faith

Nearly 200 York children would be seized by mid-day hunger pangs if they didn’t get a free brown-bag lunch each school day from Loaves and Fishes.
The York Christian charity that spooned out its first Thanksgiving dinner for the needy 12 years ago is still trying to meet the basic need of providing food for the hungry.
So, as well as serving three hot meals a week at its 54th Avenue mission, Loaves and Fishes volunteers deliver more than 30,000 lunches to needy kindergarten to high school students each year.
The lunch program started in 1999 after a school liaison worker noticed several youngsters were coming to school without bringing anything to eat, said Loaves and Fishes director Gerry Hunt.
Word spread quickly, and now Loaves and Fishes lunches are taken to hungry students at almost every city school.
While …

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School buses crash, one man hurt

Sixteen students were shaken up after back-to-back school bus accidents occurred Thursday morning at the same fog-bound rural intersection.
The Innisfail-area students were not injured. Neither were the two bus drivers.
But the collisions, which, involved a third vehicle, left a 53-year-old male with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the Innisfail RCMP Freeway Patrol, the front end of a southbound school bus with two students on board went off the road. The bus was attempting to turn at the T-intersection of Range Road 272 and Township Road 350 just before 8 a.m.
Visibility was poor and roads were snow covered when a one-ton pickup truck stopped to try to help move the bus, which partially extended across the road.
At about 8:05 a.m., a second school bus carrying 14 students was travelling westward toward the same foggy T-intersection.
The …

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Teacher job cuts, class size growth predicted by board

Grappling with a nearly $1-million shortfall, the York Public School District is forecasting teacher job cuts and growing class sizes unless the province provides more money.
“We’re looking to see what’s on the horizon, and it looks bleak,” said school board chair Cindy Jefferies, who called a press conference Wednesday to sound the alarm for education.
Jefferies said York residents should know the school district was already forced to freeze eight teaching positions, cut $300,000 from classroom resources, and defer maintenance projects to get by in the current fiscal year.
Without additional provincial dollars for the coming year, Jefferies warned York public schools will likely face a deficit, necessitating further staff cuts and growing teacher-student ratios.
“This year’s shortfall has had a major impact, and next year’s will be even greater, unless more government funding is provided,” she said. “It’s …

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Mills gets riding boundary changes overturned

Central Alberta communities set to be excluded from the York riding should remain, according to a federal government election boundary review committee.
The committee announced its recommendation Thursday.
The Alberta Electoral Committee has 30 days from the date of the announcement to review the recommendation and make the final decision on whether Rocky Mountain House, Eckville, Blackfalds and Caroline will stay in the riding.
In 2013 the commission proposed the size of the York riding be reduced. It wanted it to run east to Hwy 2, skirting the edge of York, north to Hwy 11, west to Secondary Hwy 766, and south just past Innisfail, excluding Bowden.
York MP Bob Mills doesn’t want to see Rocky Mountain House, Eckville, Blackfalds and Caroline added to other ridings.
“It will make a larger (York) riding, but I can reach all those populations …

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Lightning’s jolt lifted janitor off his feet

Janitor John Rozik was quietly going about his business on the third floor of the four-storey Michener Centre administration building when something lifted him off his feet.
That was Wednesday night, when lightning was believed responsible for a devastating fire that destroyed the roof and seriously damaged the third and fourth floors.
“I was cleaning up there on the third floor and the lightning struck so hard, it kind of threw me against the wall.”
In retelling the experience Thursday, Rozik admits he’s not sure if it was the force of the lightning bolt that picked him up or if he jumped in fear.
He could smell smoke almost immediately, and headed out of the building.
He told a fellow employee who was on her way in to work to go home, and the only other person in the building, …

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