North Pakaraima Exposition 2017 opens today

January 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe North Pakaraima Exposition 2017 opens today with Indigenous foods, art and craft on display. The two-day event, which opens in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), is expected to see hundreds of villagers, as well as residents from neighbouring villages converging in Monkey Mountain for the expo.The 17 villages expected to participate are Paramakatoi; Kato; Kurukubaru; Chenapou; Kopinang; Itabac; Kanapang; Chuing Mouth; Karisparu; Kamana; Waipa; Kaibarupai; Campbelltown; Maicobie; Tuseneng; Taruka; and host, Monkey Mountain.Pakaraima Toshao, Hampton King receives the cheque from Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-LoweApart from the exhibits, villages will be involved in friendly competitions in football and cricket, with Paramakatoi, Kato and Kurukubaru male teams and Chenapou, Kopinang and Itabac female teams clashing in football, cricket and volleyball.The North Pakaraima Expo over the years has significantly impacted tourism among other sectors in the region.According to the Toshao of the village, Hampton King, this year’s exhibition will be significant, since it will have a booth showcasing the semi-precious stones that are used to create exotic jewellery for sale globally.Monkey Mountain, which is a remote village, is approximately a three-and-a half-hour journey from Paramakatoi village and the village leader is confident that this exposition will boost economic and other developments not only in Monkey Mountain but the entire region.last_img read more

Worthy investment

December 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Fire Chief Bill Bamattre is asking for a half a million dollars from the city to create an internal affairs division for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The request comes after a Daily News investigation and a scathing city audit turned up numerous accounts of abusive racist and sexist behavior among the ranks. Bamattre is to be commended for acting, especially because the audit cited weak leadership as the main cause and that cast doubts about his ability to be the agent of change. It’s frustrating that there’s a big price tag to his solution, which means, as always in government, an expansion of the bureaucracy rather than simply holding wrongdoers accountable with tough discipline. Still, ending the harassment of women and minorities in the ranks of firefighters is worth the cost of hiring internal affairs investigators. The question remains why a long-standing problem should have taken so long to fix.last_img read more

Donegal road group urges motorists to be vigilant this Bank Holiday weekend

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRoad users in Donegal have been urged to be vigilant and responsible over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to avoid fatalities and serious injury. The Donegal Road Safety Working group issued the warning as the county prepares itself for a busy holiday period – statistics indicating an increased risk of collisions during public holidays.The group are now appealing to all road users to play their part in helping to ensure the safe use of our roads. Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, said: “With pleasant weather forecast for the weekend, longer daylight hours, pedestrians and cyclists are reminded always to wear reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance and motorists also need to exercise care and be fully aware of vulnerable road users on the road.“Road Safety continues to be a high priority for the Donegal Road Safety Working Group but sadly, there have been four fatalities on Donegal roads to date in 2019.“Over the Easter holiday period, many people will set out to visit family and friends, some making long journeys. Remember that everyone is in the same position as you, don’t get frustrated if you are stuck behind slow-moving traffic, be patient and wait until it is safe and only overtake when it is safe to do so.“With high traffic volumes on our roads driver fatigue can set in and motorists are urged where fatigue is setting in to pull over to a safe location and rest.” Over the weekend, An Garda Síochána will place extra emphasis on the enforcement of the key lifesaver offences of driving while intoxicated, speeding, non-use of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones.The Garda campaign will involve extra high-visibility patrols, with an intensified schedule of checkpoints in both rural and town locations.“We are appealing to motorists to slow down, never drive after drinking or taking drugs, always wear a seat belt, drive with greater care and attention and never use mobile phones while driving,” O’Donnell added.“On behalf of the DRSWG, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy Easter.  Let us continue to work together to make our roads safer.”Donegal road group urges motorists to be vigilant this Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Road Safety WorkingEasterlast_img read more

Chrome Surpasses Safari in U.S.

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWorldwide, the browser market is dominated by Internet Explorer, which holds nearly 53% of browser use, with Firefox coming in at just over 31%. Chrome follows with 9% and Safari with under half of that at 4%. The picture is similar for the U.S., but with Chrome and Safari coming in nearly even at around 9%. According to StatCounter, Chrome just barely took the lead over Safari this week with 8.97%, as opposed to Safari’s 8.88%. Chrome has steadily gained ground over the past year, and recently has been stealing away the geeks and early adopters from open-source alternative Firefox. For many of these same users, it has been Chrome’s lack of features that has held them back, but as the little-browser-that-could has added functionality like extensions or location awareness, its speed and minimal design have drawn an ever-increasing user base. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#Browsers#Google#web Related Posts Internet users in the U.S. have finally caught up with the rest of the world in their browser choice today, with Google’s Chrome taking over third place from default Apple browser Safari. The browser, first released just two years ago, has led Safari worldwide since last September, but just this week surpassed it in the U.S. as well, according to Internet traffic analytics company StatCounter.For some, this is seen as a big win for Google over Apple, as the two companies battle over the search and mobile spheres.“This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, in a release. “There is a battle royal going on between Google and Apple in the internet browser space (Chrome v Safari) as well as in the mobile market (Android v iPhone).” mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Step Aside FarmVille, CityVille Now Facebook’s Biggest Game

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTags:#gaming#NYT#web audrey watters 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Less than a month after its launch, Zynga‘s CityVille has become the world’s most popular game. According to AppData, CityVille just reached 61.7 million monthly active users, and with that, the game nabs the number one spot from Zynga’s other social gaming phenom, FarmVille. This gives Zynga a total of 261 million monthly active users – clearly nothing to scoff at. However, despite dominating social gaming this year, the challenge for Zynga has been to continue to build on the massive success of Farmville and to show that the game wasn’t simply a one-hit wonder. To complicate things, this spring Facebook changed the way game notifications worked – an effort to cut down on spam notifications. But as game developers protested, this move also cut down on social games’ potential virality too.This change hasn’t seemed to stop CityVille at all, which launched Dec. 2 to what has clearly been a phenomenal rate of adoption. The game is a SimCity-like, well, city simulation. As with other games of this sort, CityVille is very social – you can build stores and operate franchises in your friends’ towns. And as with many social games, this sort of interaction and obligation can be quite “addictive.” Like all of Zynga’s games, CityVille is free-to-play, but users can spend real money on virtual goods to enhance gameplay. Industry estimates say that Zynga has brought in between $500 million to $700 million in revenue this year from the sale of virtual goods. Time named Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” and ReadWriteWeb named Facebook “Best BigCo of 2010.” But the CityVille news seems to warrant a tip-of-the-hat to Zynga, whose games fueled much of the time people spent on the social networking site this year. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Developers Share Mac App Store Sales Figures

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWhen Apple’s new desktop-focused Mac App Store launched, it was expected to be a hit. One day later, Apple confirmed that the store was taking off, with over 1 million downloads on its first day. But how many of those were free apps? How many were copies of Twitter for Mac or Angry Birds? What about individual developers’ results?As it turns out, many Mac App Store developers are sharing details about their Mac App Store sales figures, both on their own websites and in traditional forums. Below is a selection of those results. Spoiler alert: the news is good.For Big Developers, Big SalesEvernote:One of the most impressive examples of how the Mac App Store’s launch impacted sales came from popular note-taking app Evernote. One day after the store’s launch, the company talked about the massive influx of new users it saw.In the first few days of 2011, 166,789 new users downloaded Evernote, and since the launch of the Mac App Store, more than half of them came from the Mac. About 40,000 users signed up from the Mac so far, wrote Evernote’s Phil Libin on a company blog post dated Jan. 7. This is new users only, he stressed. The actual total number of downloads from the Mac App Store was 90,000 (from store launch until midnight on opening night). Related Posts Chopper 2:Next, there’s game developer David Frampton of Majic Jungle Software, makers of a top paid app, Chopper 2. He told MacRumors that Chopper 2 saw nearly 30,000 copies sold from the Mac App Store during opening day, which equated to a revenue stream of over $20,000. LittleFin:LittleFin Software, makers of a home inventory app called Compartments, was seeing an average of six to 10 sales per day prior to the Mac App Store’s launch. In preparation for the launch, the development shop lowered the price from $24.95 to $9.95, in the hopes of attracting a larger audience.As it turned out, Apple liked the app, selected it as a Staff Pick and listed it on the Great Mac Apps page. On launch day, LittleFin sold 1,500 copies of the inventory app, and over the next two days, it continued to sell around 1,000 copies each. And when 4×4 received a similar promotion (New & Noteworthy pick), its sales went up too. What this all means, is that, for the most part, the trend with the Mac App Store seems to be a surge of new users upon launch, followed by steady or tapered-off sales afterwards. However, being promoted by Apple in some way on the store, as always, will send a second rush of new users. Many developers are even choosing to sell their apps exclusively through the store, like image editor Pixelmator, for example, which detailed its Mac App Store transition on its blog.It will be interesting to revisit these results after a longer period of time, like a quarter, or half a year, to see if these trends continue. In the meantime, it appears that the outlook is good. Very good. A second app, Chronicle, was not featured by Apple, but began selling 80 to 100 copies per day – 10 times its usual sales volume. The conclusion, wrote LittleFin’s founder Mike Dattolo on the company blog: “lower prices can be sustainable.”“We have always wanted to price our apps lower. But when we tried that in the past, we simply couldn’t get enough volume to justify it. So like other developers, we were a little nervous about the potential for a race to the bottom in the Mac App Store, even though we came in with reduced prices ourselves,” he said. “The removal of purchase barriers (everyone has an Apple ID) and the huge potential audience of the Mac App Store is providing enough volume that we can offer lower prices. Of course, our apps are simple, and belong at low price points.”RealMacSoftware:RealMacSoftware, makers of web design software RapidWeaver, plus utilities like Courier and LittleSnapper, reported it sold 5,000 apps on the first day of launch. But, “as with with every product launch, unit sales will tail off,” noted a recent company blog post. “The Mac App Store is no different.” However, the development firm is now watching to see if the average daily run-rate for apps increases gradually over time.For now, Courier is the only app exclusive to the Mac App Store, but the company plans to release LittleSnapper 2 and RapidWeaver 6 as App Store exclusives. Despite the tapered-off sales, the firm still considers the Mac App Store worthwhile, apparently. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… DaisyDisk:According to a post on Appstorm, the utility DaisyDisk, despite not being featured, saw a big surge in interest: in first three days, the company sold a tenfold increase in sales from its own site.iBank:Financial management application iBank also saw great sales after its Mac App Store debut, but wasn’t sure if it could contribute them to the store itself. Said Scott Marc Becker, the managing director of IGG Software, “After just these first few days, I can’t say whether sales at our site are up as a result of our visibility in the Mac App Store – they’ve been running really high, as they typically do this time of year,” he said.Markcircle:Another development firm, Marketcircle, maker of apps for small business told Appstorm that it saw a three-fold increase in regular daily sales of its Billings app. But because some of its products require the use of background processes and headless servers, forbidden by the Mac App Store’s rules, it cannot sell exclusively through the store at this time.Real Figures from Those Further Down in the ChartsOf course, not everyone is a multi-app development firm, staffed with employees, or with a user base of tens of thousands. What about the smaller developers?MacRumors tracked some opening day results, culled from this forum thread on Unity3d.com. These included:4×4 Offroad Racing ($3.99): 93 units sold for a total of $371, ranked #76Bubble Bang ($2.99): 17 units sold for a total of $51, ranked #150Light Quest ($9.99): 3 units sold for a total of $30, ranked #173Bubblez ($2.99): 7 units sold for a total of $21, unranked (not in top 180)That forum post has been updated since the original blog post, however. Additional opening day figures now include:Blush ($2.99): 452 units soldOff-Road Velociraptor Safari ($2.99)?: 128 unitsCrane Wars ($2.99)?: 101 units soldTime Donkey ($2.99)?: 13 units soldStuntMANIA ($4.99): 622 units sold opening day, 709 on the 2nd dayGuns of Icarus: 449 units soldGalactic Gunner ($0.99): 194 units soldAge of Tribes ($1.99): 220 opening day, 258 the following day; now lowered price to $0.99Even more interesting are the updated reports from these developers, some of whom say their sales increased on days after opening day.“Stuntman Bob is selling well…and yup, better on day 2 than on day 1,” wrote one developer, who said he sees the game as a “public beta” since it’s his spare time project.The developer of Offroad, Bubble Bang and Bubblez, saw sales increase when he lowered them for a weekend sale at $0.99 each. By day 3, they were at:4×4 Offroad: 364Bubble Bang: 55Bubblez: 29StuntMANIA, which got a Staff Favorites pick, quickly jumped to #21 overall in the Mac App Store in the U.S. The developer reported that on Jan. 14, it had its biggest sales day since launch: 1121 units. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Two Hizb militants killed in encounter in J&K

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTwo Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including an Army deserter, were killed on Tuesday in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Safanagri area, Zainapora of south Kashmir in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday after receiving credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.He said the hiding militants fired on the search party of the forces as the search operation was going on, The spokesperson said the forces retaliated, leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed.The slain militants have been identified as Mohammad Idrees Sultan alias Chota Abrar, a resident of Safanagri Shopian and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu Sobaan, a resident of Awneera Shopian. “They were affiliated with terror outfit HM and were involved in terror attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area,” he said.The spokesperson said Sultan was a deserter from the Indian Army and had joined the militant ranks in April this year.“No collateral damage took place during the operation,” he said.last_img read more

Career-high for teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok

November 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_img2016 just continues to get better for Indian teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok. The 18-year-old from Bangalore is the highest gainer in international rankings to climb to a career-high ranking of 132 in the world.What’s even more staggering is that she has climbed 66 places within a week. No other golfer on the Ladies Tour has shown such a sharp rise in rankings and the next best mover among the top 300 players is Caroline Hedwall of Sweden who climbed 21 spots to 171st. Aditi was ranked 285 in the world at the end of October.Aditi scripted history earlier this month when she became India’s 1st woman Golfer to win a Ladies European Tour event when she lifted the trophy at the Indian Open. She then silenced all doubters with her second Ladies European Tour title by winning the inaugural Qatar Open title on Saturday.”It’s been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good,” said Aditi after winning the Qatar Open.Aditi Ashok will also feature in the coveted Dubai Ladies Masters tournament from December 7th. She is in the form of her life having won two titles already in just 22 tournaments. New Zealand’s Lydia Ko continues to lead the women’s World Golf rankings.last_img read more

Distressed MV Cheshire under Tow to Gran Canaria

October 23, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgzoom Bibby Line’s troubled bulk carrier MV Cheshire is being towed to Gran Canaria as of August 21, over a week after an overheating incident in the ship’s cargo holds.“On August 21, the salvors managed to get a tow line attached and the Cheshire is now under tow and heading towards Gran Canaria at a speed of around 3.0 knots. As of August 22, the ship is in position 26 23.9 N 019 07.9W heading North East. The plan is to proceed to a position 50 miles South West of Gran Canaria,” the company said in an update.The 56,597 DWT-bulker, loaded with a full cargo of fertiliser, experienced elevated temperatures in cargo holds 4 and 5 on August 12, while underway from Norway to Thailand to discharge.The vessel arrived at around 15.00 hours on August 13 at a safe position 45 miles south of Gran Canaria, as the vessel was scheduled to stop in Las Palmas to take on bunkers.Resolve Marine has been hired to conduct salvage operations, and the cargo manufacturer has sent four representatives to Las Palmas to advise on cargo cooling.“Resolve Marine has been on station alongside the vessel since August 16 but failed to get on board due to adverse weather conditions and the heat and fumes being generated from the affected holds. Holds 4 and 5 have now cooled down as the process of decomposition is believed to have completed, but holds 2 and 3 are still decomposing and emitting fumes, while hold 1 is presently stable,” the update read.The vessel had been drifting in a south westerly direction away from any landmass.Following the incident, the crew was evacuated from the vessel for their own safety and have been flown home, all except the second engineer, who is said to be assisting the salvors.last_img read more