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Apple’s Vision Pro isn’t a full-fledged Mac replacement — yet

“I haven’t upgraded the Mac (or PC) I use for work in a years. I was going to replace it this year, and I’m wondering if I could or should get an Apple Vision Pro instead. What do you think?” I’ve heard more variations of that question in the past two weeks than I expected. It’s not a bad idea in some respects. Apple itself is pitching Vision Pro as the first spatial computer platform. The device uses an M2 processor on par with Macs from a year ago. There are already tons of productivity apps and tools for the device (Office, Zoom, Webex, Things, Fantastical, and Photoshop immediately jump to mind). Apple has made no secret of the fact it sees the device as a workplace tool. The visionOS 1.1 beta has relatively broad support for mobile device management (MDM), meaning Vision Pro will be a good corporate citizen in short order (something that was unexpected; watchOS, for instance, took eight years to get even rudimentary MDM support). It allows users to essentially have unlimited display space, unlike desktop or laptop displays. I can see the wheels turning in people’s heads when they consider that this is a device with clear potential well beyond playing with dinosaurs, reliving moments with spatial photos or watching immersive movies or other content. It draws you into a slightly different but incredibly compelling world and it feels like someone’s handed you something from a magical future. Sure, the starting price of $3499 is hard to justify. Still, there are all these tantalizing “but…” thoughts. Part of that thought process is “but I can use it to replace all my Macs or PCs or other devices.” (I won’t lie, I’ve had these same thoughts. Had I not upgraded all my tech gear last year, I’d probably entertain them.) But to those who’ve asked, my answer would be no. Let’s talk about why. First-gen Apple devices usually fall short, even when revolutionary The first reason to say no isn’t about what the Vision Pro can do. It’s that Apple has a pretty consistent track record of delivering first-generation devices that preview what’s possible but don’t fully deliver until one or two generations down the line. Users tend to forget that, because all of these devices have matured into fully formed solutions over time. Let’s recap: The original Mac had no hard drive, barely enough RAM, and no software ecosystem or compatibility; it would be years before the Mac began to deliver on all of its potential with the Mac II and Mac SE. The less said about the Mac Portable, the better. But Apple’s second attempt at a portable Mac, the PowerBook 100 line hit the mark so well that we still use the same form factor for laptops even now. Mac OS X 10.0 was practically a beta operating system when it was released (after a public beta); it wasn’t until Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) that the OS was really be viable for daily computing, and the Classic environment lasted for years. The first iPod needed iTunes on a Mac, used a chunky FireWire cable and couldn’t be rebooted if it froze. By the time the iPad nano shipped, iPods were ubiquitous. The iPhone arrived in 2007 particularly spartan with no apps, a single carrier, and outdated get connectivity. The original AppleTV was nothing but a stripped down and underpowered Mac that did little more than let you access content from the iTunes Store and YouTube; it wouldn’t get its own App Store for several years. The original Apple Watch didn’t even get Series One status; Apple replaced it with both Series 1 and 2 a year later along with a complete overhaul of the user experience. (Remember the weird option to send your heartbeat to another Apple Watch user?) The iPad was mostly fully baked, but arguably the only major initiatives Apple nailed on the first try were the transitions to Intel chips and then to Apple Silicon That list covers every major product Apple has shipped in 40 years and I’m just focused on limitations here. Each had teething problems, hardware failures, and their share of bugs like any new technology. You can’t look through that list and say each of those products was guaranteed to be a big success at launch. Any of them could’ve failed miserably (and some did at first). In every case, the product needed time in the market to find its footing. Some are still trying to find it. Will Apple let it fly? By every account, using the Apple Vision Pro is an incredible experience. The question that remains unanswered is whether Apple will inadvertently undermine that experience. Think about the iPad. The iPad Pro and iPad Air use the same M-series chips as today’s Macs, but they’re tied to a software platform that holds them back. (Apple has yet to truly separate iOS and iPadOS, and it shows.) Mouse support for the iPad exists, but it’s not great. There’s a file system, but you can’t easily view and organize documents compared to a Mac. Apple limits the types of apps that can be built for it. And it’s still a single-user device (except in the education market). Apple TV is in a similar boat. It goes years without hardware updates. It took Apple the better part of a decade to create an App Store for it and turn it into something more than a generic streaming box. Advances come in fits and starts with little predictability. With those examples in mind, it’s clear that how Apple moves to evolve visionOS will determine whether it moves forward or stagnates. Jumping all in on such a nascent platform is taking a risk. Apps and ecosystem There’s been a lot of talk about developers rebelling against creating apps for visionOS, given Apple’s attempts to keep its walled garden intact (and extract a percentage of every digital purchase). Whether that’s the real story — or developers are simply moving slowly to build Vision Pro apps — the 1,000 or so apps available at this point pales in comparison to the app ecosystem for other Apple platforms. There’s also the question of whether the apps that do exist are mature enough for full-time use. With something so new, where the vast majority of developers had to work with a simulator and not the actual hardware, what’s available isn’t always going to hit the mark; there will be tweaks and changes, but they won’t happen immediately. Ultimately, it’s the app developer ecosystem that makes or breaks a platform. So far, there isn’t enough to bet on if you aren’t going to have a Mac or PC as a backup. Even so, it’s not a ‘hard’ no At the moment, I can’t suggest Apple Vision Pro as a Mac or PC replacement any more than I would’ve advised an iPad as one 14 years ago. Today, I see the iPad as a bona fide laptop replacement despite some of its limitations. It didn’t get there overnight and the same will be true with the Apple Vision Pro. I have little doubt that five years from now, I’ll be telling users a different story: the Vision Pro’s successors can be the only computer that you need. I do believe visionOS and the hardware will get there — at least for most users. (It might even take less time than that.) For now, the Vision Pro is best seen as a companion device. It’s a splash of cold water to say that, but nobody wants to make a $3500 mistake.

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Microsoft Copilot Pro review: Office joins the genAI revolution

Microsoft’s $20-per-month Copilot Pro subscription gives you access to Microsoft’s Copilot AI assistant in Office. That means Copilot can help you write Word documents, work with Excel spreadsheets, create PowerPoint presentations, put together Outlook emails, lay out notes in OneNote, and answer questions about whatever file you have open. That’s the hallmark feature of Copilot Pro: AI built into Office, finally available to anyone — not just businesses. But Copilot Pro offers a lot more, and Microsoft will soon be pushing it to everyone via ads: The company is already experimenting with Copilot Pro ads in Windows 11’s Settings app. So what exactly can Copilot Pro do, how good is it — and should you subscribe? Looking for the ultimate Windows PC newsletter? My free Windows Intelligence newsletter delivers all the best Windows tips straight to your inbox. Plus, you’ll get free copies of Paul Thurrott’s Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (a $10 value) just for subscribing! Copilot vs. Copilot Pro vs. Copilot for Microsoft 365 Copilot is the name of Microsoft’s genrative AI-based chatbot. Think of it like Microsoft’s ChatGPT — it uses the same underlying technology as ChatGPT. (Microsoft originally launched it as Bing Chat in 2023, but the company later renamed it “Copilot,” minimizing that Bing branding.) There are three different Copilots to be aware of: Copilot: The standard Microsoft Copilot is free. It’s built into Windows 11, and Microsoft is in the process of adding it to Windows 10. You can access Copilot on the web and via the Copilot apps for Android and iPhone. Copilot Pro: This adds extra features to Copilot, including the ability to use Copilot in Microsoft Office apps like Word — something users of the free version of Copilot can’t do. It’s a paid subscription, and it’s intended for consumers or individual professionals — not businesses. Copilot for Microsoft 365: This is the version of Copilot intended for businesses. It’s more expensive than Copilot Pro, and it’s not just integrated into Office apps — with Microsoft Graph, it can tap into all of a business’s data so you can have it write a Word document based on the contents of an email, for example, or ask it for insights that might involve looking up information in a variety of documents. Copilot Pro: Price and availability Microsoft charges $20 per month for Copilot Pro. That gets you an individual subscription. Since Microsoft doesn’t offer a free trial, you’ll have to commit to at least one month to try it. To use the Copilot Pro features in apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you’ll need a Microsoft 365 subscription ($100 per year for a family of up to six people or $70 per year for an individual) on top of the Copilot Pro price. That $20 per month cost matches the monthly price of ChatGPT Plus. In a lot of ways, Copilot Pro is Microsoft’s answer to ChatGPT Plus — and the most compelling aspect is integration in Office apps. Microsoft charges businesses $30 per user per month for access to Copilot for Microsoft 365, so Copilot Pro sits in the middle, between Microsoft’s free consumer Copilot and its more expensive Copilot for Microsoft 365 product. Like Copilot itself, Copilot Pro isn’t yet available worldwide. As of now, Microsoft says it’s “available in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States.” Microsoft plans to launch Copilot Pro in more countries soon. Copilot Pro: Features Microsoft advertises the following features as part of Copilot Pro: Copilot in Microsoft 365 apps: You’ll get access to Copilot integration in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. This isn’t just a chat sidebar — you can ask Copilot to create a document for you, or you can request it make changes to the current document. Priority access: Microsoft says you’ll get priority access to the GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo large language models (LLMs) during peak times. If you already use Copilot, this priority access will ensure you spend less time waiting for a response and more time getting things done. AI image creation boosts: Microsoft Designer lets you generate AI images with OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 image generation model. You can create and edit images even faster with 100 “boosts” per day for Designer. Microsoft also announced Copilot Pro will include a “Copilot GPT Builder” that will let you “build your own Copilot GPT — a customized Copilot tailored to a specific topic.” It sounds similar to ChatGPT’s upcoming memory feature. However, this feature isn’t available at launch. These features are all cross-platform: You also get priority access to Copilot in the Copilot mobile apps and on the Copilot website, for example — not just in Copilot in Windows. Copilot features are also available in Microsoft 365 apps for Windows, Mac, and iPad. The value proposition here is straightforward. Faster access to Copilot’s normal chat experience and speedier AI image creation are nice, and you’ll know whether you want them based on how much you use the features — and how often you find yourself waiting. So, how well does the Copilot integration work in Office apps? That’s the trillion-dollar question. How Copilot Pro works in Microsoft 365 (a.k.a. Office) apps Copilot is well integrated into Office — it’s much better than the Copilot integration in Windows! For example, here’s how it works in Word: When you start a new document, you’ll see a “Draft with Copilot” box asking you what you want to create. On each new line of text, you’ll see a Copilot icon you can click to have Copilot start writing for you. The ribbon bar has a “Copilot” button right next to the “Editor” button, letting you open a Copilot sidebar that lets you work with the current document. You can ask it to write for you, summarize the current document, or change things — perhaps you want to quickly change the formatting or style of the document. You can right-click some text and select Copilot > Rewrite with Copilot in the context menu to rewrite text. While the Copilot sidebar built into Windows 11 is limited in how much it can integrate with Windows — it can’t do much beyond change a few settings — Copilot is much better at working with Office documents. It can put together PowerPoint presentations and even generate AI images for them via Microsoft Designer. It can write and format documents. It can reach into an existing document and change the style or formatting however you like. How useful is Copilot Pro in Office? Copilot Pro is the same fundamentally strange chatbot you might be familiar with: It’s gone by the name Bing Chat, and it’s the same underlying model as ChatGPT. It’s the Copilot you already know — but integrated into Office. And the Office integration is well done! But how useful will that be? As a journalist, I write as a human for humans — I’m not going to hand over my writing to Copilot anytime soon. Believe me, if Copilot were writing this review, you’d notice it not being up to the same quality! Still, I’ve found Copilot Pro useful at times. I had to go through a fairly long, dense Word document recently, for instance. I was able to ask Copilot questions in the sidebar about what the document said, and it was faster than using Ctrl+F to search and try to guess where things were buried in it. Likewise, I’ve used Copilot to change formatting quickly, eliminating some tedium. In the past, I’ve had a great experience using AI tools like this for more standard formal writing. Do you need to write a standard complaint letter, inquiry, or something similar with all the formal boilerplate? Copilot would be great for that. You can have Copilot Pro make a PowerPoint presentation for you, too — but should you? Copilot Pro will do better when you give it more detailed instructions, going back and forth, asking for changes, and having it work on small tedious things that would take time. Its work probably won’t be up to snuff if you give it a one-sentence prompt and expect it to create a business-ready document or email. Copilot Pro is, however, very “disconnected” compared to the way Microsoft has shown off Copilot for Microsoft 365 in the past. You’re working with your current Office document. You can’t have it gather information from multiple documents and emails, as you can with the business-focused Copilot for Microsoft 365. Free alternatives to Copilot Pro It’s worth noting that you can do a lot of what Copilot offers for free, if you like: The Copilot chat experience is free for everyone. You access Copilot in the built-in Copilot sidebar in Windows, online and via mobile apps, as noted earlier. Microsoft Designer offers free AI image generation for everyone with a Microsoft account. You can ask questions about a PDF by opening it in Microsoft Edge. Use the Copilot sidebar in Edge to ask questions about the open PDF document — or the current web page you have open. Microsoft Edge’s Copilot sidebar also has a convenient “Compose” pane that will help you draft emails, paragraphs, idea lists, and entire blog posts. You can use this tool for free and paste the content into an Outlook email or Office document. You can do a lot with the free version of Copilot. The benefit of Copilot Pro is in speeding everything up, with priority access to the chatbot and faster image generation, along with integration into the Office apps you use. Is Copilot Pro worth it? At $20 per month, Copilot Pro is the same price as ChatGPT Plus. It uses the same underlying technology. You get AI image generation tools with the DALL-E 3 model in both. The Microsoft Office integration will be a killer feature for many people, who should seriously consider switching from ChatGPT Plus to Copilot Pro. Whether it’s worth it for you is for you to decide. How much do you use AI chatbots? Would you benefit from an AI chatbot integrated into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote? If you’re not sure, you can find out for $20 for the first month. If you spend a lot of time performing repetitive tasks, digging for data in Office documents, or putting together boilerplate documents, Copilot Pro could be a huge productivity boost and time-saver. But Copilot Pro isn’t going to write the next great American novel — or my next Windows Intelligence newsletter. Still, it shines when integrated with Office — this is the most useful I’ve ever seen it. If the Windows team at Microsoft takes pointers from the Office team, the AI integration in a future version of Windows will be impressive. Get even more Windows insights, tips, and tricks with my Windows Intelligence newsletter — three things to try every Friday. Plus, get free copies of Paul Thurrott’s Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (a $10 value) for signing up.

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NYCHA’s Second ‘Trust’ Vote Poses Unique Challenge: Scattered Tenants

For NYCHA tenants, choosing between PACT, Preservation Trust and Section 9 is a decision that can impact the future of their homes. Some seniors from Bronx River Addition haven’t seen theirs in over a year. In less than a month, 199 seniors will have the chance to vote on whether the New York City Housing Authority should bring in private capital, and possibly developers, to upgrade Bronx River Addition—two low-rise buildings in Soundview.By casting ballots, they’ll be following in the footsteps of tenants at the Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn, a much larger campus where a majority of over 750 voters cast ballots for the novel Public Housing Preservation Trust in December.But there’s a catch. While all of the Nostrand voters live on the Sheepshead Bay campus, walkable to pre-vote information sessions and ballot boxes, 57 Bronx River households are scattered around the city.Among them are 60 seniors who once lived in Building 12, which NYCHA deemed uninhabitable in 2022 due to a faulty heating system. Their temporary apartments are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere in the Bronx, NYCHA said, including some apartments in the Bronx River campus adjacent to their old building. Remote voters will have the option to cast ballots by mail and online for 30 days starting March 13, and won’t necessarily need to travel to the campus for a subsequent 10 days of in-person voting. But tenant advocates say their geographic spread has complicated voter education efforts. Bronx River Addition has a capital repair need of $66 million, according to NYCHA. In addition to the Trust, a new public entity that can issue bonds to fund repairs, tenants can vote to remain in traditional public housing or join the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program. Under PACT, NYCHA leases properties to private developers, and outside management companies take over day-to-day operations. While traditional Section 9 public housing has long suffered from federal disinvestment, supporters of the model have raised concerns that private financing is risky. NYCHA has referenced the inhabitability of Building 12 in its messaging to tenants about the upcoming vote. In a presentation, the authority said it would “continue making limited repairs when possible” if voters opt to remain in traditional public housing. However, rehabilitating Building 12 would be “heavily constrained by funding” in that scenario. The authority told City Limits that it has had conversations with 91 percent of relocated voters as of Feb. 15. Its Voter Engagement Team, led by three NYCHA staff members, along with additional staff from other departments if needed, has visited these residents. But Community Voices Heard (CVH), an organization that received funding from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to conduct pre-vote outreach, has not been able to reach any of the scattered households. Instead, CVH started knocking doors in January at Building 11, the Bronx River Addition property that is still occupied, which currently has 146 residents across 133 apartments. NYCHA declined to provide CVH with addresses for the relocated residents citing privacy concerns, according to the organization. In order for the vote to be valid, at least 20 percent of heads of household must participate. Of the 199 voters, 184 are heads of households, nearly 70 percent of whom live in Building 11, NYCHA said. This means the fate of the complex could be decided without any participation from remote tenants, though NYCHA told City Limits it is confident that relocated residents will participate. The prior vote at Nostrand Houses saw the majority of ballots cast by mail or online, the authority noted. Juanita Lewis, the executive director of CVH, said the organization wants to ensure that tenants receive “independent and neutral information” about the options on their ballots. Even after the Nostrand Houses vote, a raucous tenant meeting in January revealed that many residents still had questions about the Trust model, including the timeline for repairs and what projects NYCHA plans to prioritize. “We’re concerned because… residents have been relocated and only NYCHA knows how to reach them,” Lewis said in a written statement to City Limits. “Further, this is a seniors development and we don’t know what mobility and health issues might prevent residents from being able to attend information sessions, get their questions answered, or cast a vote.” Are you a Bronx River Addition tenant? City Limits wants to hear from you about the upcoming vote. Email NYCHA@citylimits.org According to NYCHA, its visits to relocated seniors have taken place throughout the vote’s engagement period, which started in December and will be ongoing until the last day of voting. NYCHA also said that it has provided a transportation service for relocated tenants to attend four meetings ahead of the vote, two in December and two in January. But only four tenants took them up on the offer. The housing authority said that it is now focusing on one-on-one engagement at Building 11, as well as among the relocated tenants. Any future events will be posted on their website. During a recent visit to Building 11, a resident who gave his name as Pablo said he believes NYCHA is doing the best it can on maintenance work, but that he’s interested in the Trust. “This building inside is falling apart,” he said. “All the apartments and everything… the walls and everything, the pipes are old pipes.” Another Building 11 tenant who is 75 years old and declined to provide their name was critical of the engagement process. “There needs to be more information on the voting system in regards to what is going on or what is going to happen,” the tenant of 10 years said. “I don’t understand it correctly.” For Norma Saunders, the tenant association president at Bronx River and Bronx River Addition, getting relocated residents back to their homes is a priority. At a Federal Monitor meeting hosted in September at the Bronx River Houses, Saunders told a crowd of NYCHA representatives and tenants that many of the relocated residents did not have relatives with them and that the complex at large was their family. “That building was their sanctuary…now they’re all over the city,” Saunders said. Voting at Bronx River Addition will begin on March 13 and end on Apr. 11. The last 10 days of voting, between Apr. 2 and Apr. 11, will take place near Bronx River Addition at a to-be-determined address between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on all days. To reach the reporter behind this story, contact Tatyana@citylimits.org. To reach the editor, contact Emma@citylimits.org

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Weekly sports update February 12th to 18th

× Expand Anne Nygård on Unsplash Oakville Blades Results: February 13th Oakville Blades 0 vs. Milton Mences 5 February 15th Oakville Blades 2 vs. Caledon Admirals 3 February 17th Oakville Blades 4 vs. Stouffville Spirit 1 Upcoming: February 23rd Oakville Blades vs. Niagara Falls Canucks February 24th Oakville Blades vs. Mississauga Chargers February 25th Oakville Blades vs. Leamington Flyers × West Conference Standing GP W L T OTL PTS PCT GF GA DIFF PIM STK Collingwood Blues 52 45 6 0 1 91 0.875 267 77 190 852 2-0-0-0 Milton Menace 50 37 11 2 0 76 0.760 214 139 75 873 4-0-0-0 Leamington Flyers 50 34 10 5 1 74 0.740 198 118 80 508 12-0-1-0 Buffalo Jr. Sabres 50 29 18 0 3 61 0.610 190 156 34 713 4-0-0-0 Georgetown Raiders 50 26 19 1 4 57 0.570 182 157 25 758 1-0-0-0 Burlington Cougars 49 24 18 1 6 55 0.561 184 172 12 744 0-2-0-0 Oakville Blades 49 25 20 1 3 54 0.551 154 135 19 641 1-0-0-0 Toronto Patriots 52 22 24 3 3 50 0.481 161 187 -26 836 1-0-0-0 Brantford 99ers 50 22 25 0 3 47 0.470 141 185 -44 637 1-0-1-0 Niagara Falls Canucks 51 17 33 0 1 35 0.343 155 227 -72 628 3-0-0-0 Caledon Admirals 52 8 38 1 5 22 0.212 111 242 -131 627 0-2-0-0 Mississauga Chargers 52 4 44 0 4 12 0.115 94 272 -178 948 0-14-2-0 West Conference Standings HCAA Sr. Boys Basketball Results: February 13th Bishop Reding 79 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas 62 St. Ignatius of Loyola 54 vs. Notre Dame 48 St. Francis Xavier 63 vs. Holy Trinity 71 Upcoming: February 20th St. Ignatius of Loyola vs. Holy Trinity × East GP W L PTS WIN % PF PA STREAK Holy Trinity 12 11 1 22 0.917 756 641 W 11 Christ the King 12 8 4 16 0.667 713 616 L 3 St. Ignatius of Loyola 12 7 5 14 0.583 663 623 W 1 Bishop Reding 12 6 6 12 0.500 720 696 L 1 St. Francis Xavier 12 3 9 6 0.250 665 715 L 1 West GP W L PTS WIN % PF PA STREAK St. Thomas Aquinas 11 9 2 18 0.818 644 483 W 1 Notre Dame 11 4 7 8 0.364 521 621 W 2 Assumption 11 3 8 6 0.273 521 651 L 1 Corpus Christi 11 1 10 2 0.091 535 692 L 3 Sr. Boys Basketball Varsity Boys Hockey Results: February 12th St. Ignatius of Loyola 4 vs. Holy Trinity 2 February 14th Holy Trinity 3 vs. Christ the King 4 St. Ignatius of Loyola 1 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas 2 Upcoming: February 20th St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Christ the King × Varsity Boys Hockey GP W L T PTS GF GA STREAK Bishop Reding 8 7 0 1 15 49 15 W 1 Christ the King 8 5 0 3 13 26 17 T 2 St. Thomas Aquinas 8 5 3 0 10 32 27 W 1 Notre Dame 8 3 3 2 8 21 17 W 3 Corpus Christi 8 2 2 4 8 15 20 T 2 St. Ignatius of Loyola 8 3 4 1 7 23 30 W 1 Assumption 8 2 5 1 5 21 28 L 1 Holy Trinity 8 2 5 1 5 17 28 L 1 St. Francis Xavier 8 0 7 1 1 11 33 L 6 Varsity Boys Hockey Varsity Girls Hockey Upcoming: February 21st Holy Trinty vs. Bishop Reding × Varsity Girls Hockey GP W L T PTS GF GA STREAK Bishop Reding (AAA) 6 6 0 0 12 14 2 W 6 Corpus Christi (AAA) 6 4 1 1 9 17 11 W 1 Notre Dame (AAA) 6 3 1 2 8 18 13 T 1 Assumption (AAA) 6 3 3 0 6 17 20 W 3 Holy Trinity (AAA) 6 2 4 0 4 17 13 L 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (AAA) 6 0 4 2 2 4 16 T 1 Christ the King (AAA) 6 0 5 1 1 7 19 L 3 Varsity Girls Hockey Sr. Girls Volleyball Results: February 12th St. Thomas Aquinas 0 vs. Christ the King 2 St. Ignatius of Loyola 0 vs. Notre Dame 2 Bishop Reding 2 vs. Holy Trinity 1 × Sr. Girls Volleyball MP W L T PTS SW SL PW PL STREAK Notre Dame 9 8 1 0 16 17 3 474 328 W 2 Corpus Christi 9 8 1 0 16 16 2 401 239 W 2 Christ the King 9 6 3 0 12 13 6 417 323 W 1 Bishop Reding 9 6 3 0 12 13 8 447 382 L 1 Holy Trinity 9 6 3 0 12 12 6 425 341 W 4 St. Thomas Aquinas 9 4 5 0 8 9 11 361 347 L 1 Assumption 9 3 6 0 6 7 13 399 413 L 1 St. Ignatius of Loyola 9 3 6 0 6 7 13 386 424 L 2 St. Francis Xavier 9 1 8 0 2 2 16 216 438 L 5 St. Kateri Tekakwitha 9 0 9 0 0 0 18 159 450 L 9 Sr. Girls Volleyball HSSAA Sr. Boys Basketball Results: February 12th Iroquois Ridge 49 vs. King’s Christian 68 Garth Webb 55 vs. Frank Hayden 57 February 15th Frank Hayden 39 vs. King’s Christian 80 Sainte-Trinite 44 vs. Milton 63 Upcoming: February 21st Academie catholique Mere-Terese vs. Sainte-Trinite February 22nd St. Mary vs. King’s Christian × Sr. Boys Basketball Sr. Girls Hockey Results: February 13th Garth Webb 4 vs. Abbey Park 3 Blakelock 0 vs. Oakville Trafalgar 5 February 15th Robinson 1 vs. Abbey Park 2 Nelson 5 vs. Garth Webb 4 Upcoming: February 22nd Garth Webb vs. Oakville Trafalgar Milton vs. Abbey Park Blakelock vs. Garth Webb Robinson vs. Abbey Park Blakelock vs. Oakville Trafalgar × Sr. Girls Hockey GP W OTW SOW L OTL SOL T PTS GF GA STREAK Oakville Trafalgar H.S. (AAA) 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 47 8 W 10 Georgetown D.H.S. (AAA) 10 8 0 0 1 0 1 0 25 50 11 W 2 Garth Webb S.S. (AAA) 10 6 1 1 1 1 0 0 23 40 19 L 1 Nelson High School (AAA) 10 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 17 44 28 W 1 Burlington Central H.S. (AA) 10 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 15 29 36 W 2 T.A. Blakelock H.S. (AA) 10 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 15 24 16 L 2 Abbey Park H.S. (AAA) 10 4 0 0 5 1 0 0 13 29 28 W 1 Frank Hayden S.S. (AAA) 10 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 12 29 21 W 1 M.M. Robinson H.S. (AAA) 10 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 12 23 26 L 1 Milton D.H.S. (AAA) 10 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 3 9 65 L 2 Aldershot High School (AA) 10 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 5 71 L 10 Sr. Girls Hockey Sr. Boys Hockey Results: February 12th Georgetown 4 vs. Oakville Trafalgar 5 February 14th Blakelock 1 vs. Nelson 4 Robinson 3 vs. Iroquois Ridge 4 February 15th Garth Webb 5 vs. Aldershot 1 Iroquois Ridge 1 vs. Frank Hayden 4 Oakville Trafalgar 5 vs. Milton 2 Upcoming: February 22nd Oakville Trafalgar vs. Iroquois Ridge Milton vs. Blakelock Oakville Trafalgar vs. Garth Webb Blakelock vs. Aldershot Iroquois Ridge vs. Garth Webb × Sr. Boys Hockey GP W OTW SOW L OTL SOL T PTS GF GA STREAK Nelson High School (AAA) 10 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 26 38 9 W 9 Garth Webb S.S. (AAA) 10 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 24 40 24 W 6 Frank Hayden S.S. (AAA) 10 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 21 38 19 W 2 Iroquois Ridge H.S. (AAA) 10 4 1 2 2 1 0 0 19 27 22 L 1 Georgetown D.H.S. (AAA) 10 5 0 0 4 1 0 0 16 29 21 W 1 Oakville Trafalgar H.S. (AAA) 10 4 1 0 3 0 2 0 16 32 34 W 2 Aldershot High School (AA) 10 3 1 0 5 0 1 0 12 23 30 L 1 T.A. Blakelock H.S. (AA) 10 3 0 1 5 1 0 0 12 23 39 L 1 Milton D.H.S. (AAA) 10 3 0 0 6 1 0 0 10 24 35 L 1 M.M. Robinson H.S. (AAA) 10 1 1 1 6 0 1 0 8 20 30 L 2 Craig Kielburger High School (AAA) 10 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 1 15 46 L 10 Sr. Boys Hockey Sr. Girls Volleyball Results: February 12th Craig Kielbuger 0 vs. Oakville Trafalgar 2 Blakelock 2 vs. Abbey Park 1 February 14th Blakelock 1 vs. Oakville Trafalgar 3 Upcoming: February 21st St. Thomas vs. Oakville Trafalgar February 22nd TBD vs. Blakelock × Tier 1 MP W L T PTS SW SL PW PL STREAK Abbey Park H.S. (AAA) 12 12 0 0 24 24 2 623 402 W 12 Oakville Trafalgar H.S. (AAA) 12 11 1 0 22 22 2 590 333 W 4 Craig Kielburger High School (AAA) 12 10 2 0 20 20 7 592 506 W 6 T.A. Blakelock H.S. (AA) 12 8 4 0 16 18 10 603 499 L 1 Iroquois Ridge H.S. (AAA) 12 8 4 0 16 17 10 587 515 W 4 Georgetown D.H.S. (AAA) 12 6 6 0 12 14 13 546 511 W 4 Nelson High School (AAA) 12 6 6 0 12 14 14 583 544 L 1 Frank Hayden S.S. (AAA) 12 5 7 0 10 14 15 574 561 L 3 Milton D.H.S. (AAA) 12 4 8 0 8 11 17 528 560 L 4 Aldershot High School (AA) 12 4 8 0 8 9 17 509 537 L 4 White Oaks High School (AAA) 12 2 10 0 4 5 21 370 588 L 4 M.M. Robinson H.S. (AAA) 12 2 10 0 4 4 21 373 589 W 1 Garth Webb S.S. (AAA) 12 0 12 0 0 1 24 275 608 L 12 Tier 2 MP W L T PTS SW SL PW PL STREAK Burlington Central H.S. (AA) 9 9 0 0 18 19 4 511 360 W 9 Elsie MacGill S.S. (AA) 9 6 3 0 12 14 7 453 399 W 1 Acton D.H.S. (A) 9 3 6 0 6 9 13 426 448 L 2 E.S. Sainte-Trinité (A) 9 0 9 0 0 0 18 269 452 L 9 Sr. Girls Volleyball

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Eating out in Mallorca: UMI Coffee & More in Palma

This past weekend I felt more homesick than I felt in a long time. It is the time of the carnival in Palma, and I nostalgically thought of this time of the year back home. It would have been so nice to go to my mom’s in Croatia for a Sunday lunch and come back the next day in time for the next work meeting. Fast forward a couple of days and I am sitting at UMI Coffee & More, a stylish café on Via Argentina, popular with colleagues from Mallorca Bulletin and Ultima Hora. I was there to check out their menu del día. Imagine my surprise when I spot on the menu exactly what I would have had at my mom’s on any given Sunday: beef soup, roast chicken and apple strudel! By the time the efficient young waiter was telling me about their dessert options, I started thinking that someone was pranking me and that either one of my best friends from back home or my mom would come out of the kitchen… Before the soup, the waiter brought out a warm bread roll, made with integral flour and some sort of herby alioli. Alioli was slightly runnier than others I was used to, but still tasty. I smelled the beef soup even from several feet away. A generously sized bowl was filled with a clear soup, pulled beef, chunky carrots, leeks and fine egg noodles. It tasted like home, care and love. Next up, I had a big portion of roast chicken – a leg and a thigh – covered in a flavourful gravy with chunks of red pepper and onion and served with a couple of handfuls of French fries. The chicken was delicious and tender, falling off the bones as I picked it up. Another satisfying course… As I had a couple of columns to draft, I asked the waiter to hold off my dessert for a little while and had a coffee instead. This was also good, and I was happy to hear that they offer plant based “milks” as well as dairy. I heard from colleagues that breakfast was also excellent here with plenty of healthy and filling choices. Finally, I enjoyed a very generous slice of apple strudel served with vanilla sauce and decorated with a fresh raspberry, which added a burst of colour to this plain dessert. Normally, I am not a fan of vanilla sauce, but it was pretty tasty here, and went really well with the crunchy, not overly sweet strudel. By the end of the meal, I was still somewhat surprised that I found exactly what I craved from the Balkans in a random little café right in the centre of Palma. But, as my friend who believes in energies would say: “Manifest it, my friend!” Now, I just need to manifest some good, winning lottery numbers and life in Mallorca will be even better! Location UMI Coffee & More Avinguda de l’Argentina, 14, Palma Tel: 871 17 76 08 Instagram: @umicafepalma The Bill Menu del dia – 12.90 € Dessert – 3€ extra Opening hours Monday & Tuesday 9am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm Sunday closed The Verdict Delicious, home-made menu del día that could have just as well come from your mother’s or grandmother’s kitchen. Stylish setting and efficient service. Brilliant value for money!

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How to get involved in this summer’s talent showcase at the Fort Antoine

The ‘Scène Ouverte au Fort Antoine’ talent showcase for Monaco-based creatives aged 18 to 30 will be back this summer with a much-awaited second edition. Here’s how you can get involved. Held at one of the Principality’s most historic outdoor venues, the Fort Antoine on the Rock of Monaco, the event was created by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs with the goal of giving Monaco’s community of young artists, musicians, dancers, actors and more the opportunity to showcase their unique talents and abilities in a supportive and inspiring environment. And after a very successful first run last summer, the next edition of the Scène Ouverte au Fort Antoine has been announced for 19th July 2024. Once again, the initiative will be seeking to support the artistic endeavours of individuals aged 18 to 30 who are connected to Monaco by either nationality, education, residency or other means. Interested participants are encouraged to submit their applications by 20th April 2024 via an online form available on the government’s official website. For inquiries related to the event, potential participants and the public can also reach out to the team organising this year’s Scène Ouverte au Fort Antoine on email: fortantoine@gouv.mc. Join the Monaco Life community – sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter, and follow us on Threads, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tik Tok. Photo credit: Direction des Affaires Culturelles de Monaco

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York: Sugababes to perform at Museum Gardens in July

They will close the summer concert series at Museum Gardens on Sunday, July 21. The Sugababes became one of the most successful British girlbands of the 21st century. The group rose to fame in the early 2000s with six number one singles, millions of global sales and multiple multi-platinum albums. Fast forward two decades, the original line up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy arrived back in full force becoming the talk of the summer festivals including having to shut down their field at Glastonbury due to demand. The Sugababes join York legends Shed Seven who will headline Museum Garden’s stage on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20. Chart-topping singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti opens the event with a headline performance on Friday, July 18. Read next: York rockers Shed Seven announce live ‘homecoming’ gigs in Museum Gardens York’s Shed Seven land first UK number one album after 30 years Chart-topping singer to perform in York’s Museum Gardens this summer Live At York Museum Gardens is presented by Yorkshire promoters Futuresound. Tickets for Sugababes live at York Museum Gardens will be available first via a postcode pre-sale event to allow local residents to secure their spot before general sale, with postcode pre-sale available to residents of YO1, YO24, YO30, YO31 & YO32 Local resident tickets are on sale now. General sale tickets are on sale Friday at 10am from Futuresound’s website.

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New Wave, neon, and nightclubs: 19 pictures taking you back in time to Glasgow in the 80s

The 1980s was a decade like no other in Glasgow – from the new and trendy nightlife scene opening up, to the sub-cultures emegrging that have been a long-standing feature of Glasgow ever since. As glamorous and glitzy as the decade was – it was also a time of great civil unrest for Glasgow, quite possibly it was the largest period of mass civil disobedience in the city since Red Clydeside. Industries were dying out across the UK, Thatcher came to power and for many Glaswegians it felt like the final nail in the coffin for the city. Despite the anxiety, uncertainty, and righteous anger – there was certainly some good times as well, the burgeoning world of synth music influenced the Glasgow nightlife – with the cities first gay club opening at the start of the decade. Protests, riots, and even Glaswegians openly fighting with police at picket lines was becoming more and more common throughout the decade as Glaswegians grew increasingly frustrated with the Conservative Governement of the time led by Margaret Thatcher. The scene was set for the decade in its very first year – 1980, an eventful year to say the least. The Singer sewing machine factory at Clydebank was shut-down, and rioting began after the 1980 Scottish Cup Final – when a face-off between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden saw the Hoops walk away 1-0 up – resulting in a riot which ended up causing alcohol to be banned from all sporting events in Scotland. At the same time, marginalised groups in the city began to come into their own – finding and creating their own spaces – women were permitted to drink at the University of Glasgow’s bar for the first time ever and Colin Barr opened Bennett’s, Glasgow’s first ever gay bar. Unless otherwise specified, all photos were taken by Simon Clegg in 1980 – enjoy our gallery taking you back in time to Glasgow in the 80’s!

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Xbox boss doesn’t want to get rid of physical games: ‘That’s not our strategy’

Video games in boxes aren’t dead quite yet (Picture: Microsoft) Microsoft’s head of gaming has discussed the future of physical media on Xbox, claiming that its strategy ‘does not hinge on’ going all-digital. The decline of physical games has been slower in comparison to other mediums but there have been clear signs that it is accelerating – between a reduced presence in supermarkets and retailers like GAME stopping the sales of pre-owned games altogether. Microsoft appears to be steering this way too. It was recently reported that the company shut down its physical games department amid the mass layoffs, while legal documents leaked last year showed plans for an ‘adorably all digital’ Xbox Series X console codenamed ‘Brooklin’. This console hasn’t materialised yet (and might never do) but Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has addressed the company’s attitude towards physical media in a new interview, where he explained how it will ‘follow what the customers are doing’. ‘We are supportive of physical media, but we don’t have a need to drive that disproportionate to customer demand,’ Spencer told Game File. ‘We ship games physically and digitally, and we’re really just following what the customers are doing. And I think our job in running Xbox is to deliver on the things that a majority of the customers want. And right now, a majority of our customers are buying games digitally.’ As for the reports of shutting down physical game departments, Spencer said that was more about ‘alignment of our teams across ZeniMax [the parent company of Bethesda], Activision, and Xbox’ and not ‘about us getting rid of the capability’. While this might suggest Xbox isn’t leaving physical games behind, Spencer expressed some financial concerns around future consoles sporting a disc drive. ‘Gaming consoles themselves have kind of become the last consumer electronic device that has a drive,’ he added. ‘And this is a real issue, just in terms of the number of manufacturers that are actually building drives and the cost associated with those. ‘And when you think about cogs that we’re going to go put in a console – and as you have fewer suppliers and fewer buyers – the cost of the drive does have an impact. ‘But I will say our strategy does not hinge on people moving all-digital. And getting rid of physical, that’s not a strategic thing for us.’ More TrendingPS5 Pro console due this Christmas as GTA 6 upgrade claims analystPS5 first party exclusives coming to ‘other platforms’ confirms Sony presidentNintendo is now the richest company in Japan – Sony don’t make top 300Metroid Prime 4 out this year with two new ‘mainline’ Pokémon games says insiderRead More Stories Microsoft has an all-digital console in the Xbox Series S, which is cheaper (and less powerful) than the Xbox Series X. Sony has a similar split between its models for the PlayStation 5, with one sporting a disc drive and the cheaper console being all-digital. While it’s unclear whether the next generation consoles will come with a disc drive, there’s certainly a feeling that, with rising development costs, physical games might become less common. Some developers over the past year have even opted to ditch physical releases entirely, including the likes of Alan Wake 2 and the upcoming Hellblade 2. Email gamecentral@metro.co.uk, leave a comment below, follow us on Twitter, and sign-up to our newsletter. MORE : Nintendo Direct confirmed for Wednesday but will it feature Xbox games? MORE : Xbox and PlayStation have a problem they won’t admit and it’s destroying gaming MORE : Which four Xbox exclusives are coming to PS5 and Switch? It’s easy to tell Follow Metro Gaming on Twitter and email us at gamecentral@metro.co.uk To submit Inbox letters and Reader’s Features more easily, without the need to send an email, just use our Submit Stuff page here. For more stories like this, check our Gaming page. Sign up to all the exclusive gaming content, latest releases before they’re seen on the site.Sign upPrivacy Policy »This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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Peruzzi reacts to viral tweet claiming Davido cut him off over alleged affair with Chioma

Nigerian singer, Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, popularly known as Peruzzi, has reacted to a viral screenshot of a supposed tweet by him claiming that his record label boss, Davido cut him off because of his alleged affair with his wife, Chioma. The screenshot which emerged on X on Wednesday and was shared by many users, showed that Peruzz made an incriminating tweet about Davido and swiftly deleted it. The purported tweet by Peruzzi reads, “We used to be so close but because you hear say I dey pipe your wife you start to give me attitude. I don leave your circle sha. Ungrateful n*gga like say if no write your songs you for blow.” An X user, @belikebaddy posted the screenshot with the caption; “You no go fold keh,” insinuating that Peruzzi made the tweet and later deleted it. Peruzzi reposted his tweet and wrote, “Your own go bad gaannnnn.” In another tweet, the singer insinuated that the viral screenshot of a purported tweet by him was doctored. “You sabi edit abi? You go edit for me wella. No worry,” he wrote.

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