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“Linden will be a key gateway to Brazil”– Mayor Holland

first_imgBy Utamu Bellerecently-elected Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland believes that the town will be a key gateway to Brazil, as well as a hub for commerce, transport, hospitality and mining services.During an address to Lindeners at the launch of the annual Linden Town Week on Sunday, Holland disclosed his belief that the bauxite-rich town would be great again and reiterated his promise of developing it into a city.Referencing plans of the recently-elected Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), the Mayor outlined several initiatives which are set to come on stream in the community.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland“We are working to realise a completed road from Brazil to Linden, and the bridge linking Region Seven, with our Region, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to increase business traffic. We need to develop boardwalks on both banks of the river. We need to change the infrastructural face of our town. We need a municipal mall; a better garbage disposal system; upgrading of our educational system; advancement of art, culture, sports, entertainment and eco-tourism; jobs for our youths…Contracts for jobs in Linden should be of primary benefit to Lindeners,” the Mayor indicated.He said the soon-to-be-opened toll station at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, will bring enough revenue, as compensation for the wear and tear of heavy-duty trucks which traverse the Linden roadways. Holland added that the community was poised for increased job creation through public infrastructural projects. He stressed, however, that development of the town requires a cooperative effort, as he indicated that it was time for a shift in thinking by Lindeners. As such, he encouraged residents to broaden their way of thinking.Holland also called on Lindeners to collaborate in every sector, while stressing the need for a secure environment where businesses and investors can thrive. All this, he said, can be achieved with the help of Government, and investors buying in to the community’s development plans. The Diaspora, he stated, is needed now more than ever, for its international expertise. Additionally, the Linden Mayor made a call for entrepreneurs to arise and realise a business vision.“Be enterprising, it is the resolve of every Lindener. Your new Town Council is strong in advocating for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Whatever is your business dream, come and talk with us, we want to see small businesses thrive. Together we can foster a development agenda that will improve the way of life for all Lindeners and promote prosperity and prestige for our town,” he said.Holland said the realisation of that vision required best business practices and principles as well as the adaptation of green, environmentally friendly endeavours, adding that it was time for the community to embrace order and discipline.“It is time to experience true freedom. It is time to experience true democracy and it is time to experience true development. I am proud of Linden and all that we’ve endured, we are still standing.As a town, our development requires that we all play our part in bringing about our success…We need to be united, we need to have a progressive mindset…We must treat our town as the jewel of this nation that it is…”The Mayor further stated that Linden could and would return to being a better place where people from overseas would once again flock for products and services. He said he was committed to a new, enterprising, all-inclusive and corruption-free culture.”Linden will be the place to be. Linden will be the model of true development,” he stated.last_img read more

Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel

first_imgA cloud of immense sadness has fallen on the Fanad community following the passing of Áine Friel. Ms Aine Friel, RIPMs Friel, who was an inspirational and popular local woman, died on Sunday at the age of 28.She passed away peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital. Ms Friel had countless friends in her local area and beyond, as her positivity and passion touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.Born with brittle bone disease, Ms Friel was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities. She lived independently in Fanad and was also a keen ambassador for the area through her beautiful photography.She was well-known for her bright smile, her upbeat spirit, her advocacy and, of course, her style.She is predeceased by her parents Emmanuel and Margaret and her sister Shiela. Her funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, 3rd April in her home parish.Áine’s remains will repose at her home at Cashelprehan, Portsalon from 6pm on Monday evening (1st April).Removal on Wednesday (3rd April) at 10.30am going to St. Columba’s Church, Massmount, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. Rosary each night at 9pm.A memorial bench is being arranged for the Friel family. Donations in lieu of flowers will go towards the placement of this bench c/o Annette Curran or Mc Ateer Funeral Directors.Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Aine FrielFanadRIPlast_img read more

6 Tips for Submitting a Film to GIFF

first_img2. Tell a story only you can tellThere’s nothing wrong with your film being about a geocaching love story, a race to the FTF, or a geocaching montage, but be aware that we’ve seen those themes a lot in the past. After watching the finalist films from previous years, where do you find the art in geocaching? How do you make this game your own? And don’t forget that your film can be fiction or in a documentary style.3. Make it globalGeocaching is an international game, and so is every GIFF audience. Try to show an element of the geocaching experience that people in different corners of the world can connect with. Try to find a balance between a film that is personal to you and one that others can relate to.4. Make it visualShow, don’t tell! Film is visual medium—you’ll have your audience hanging on tenterhooks by keeping the voiceover and dialogue short and sweet. This GIFF 2015 finalist film was able to do a lot with no dialogue at all.5. Less is moreJust because you can submit up to 4 minutes of video doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Ask yourself, “What is the simplest way I can tell this story?” Then, add more if you can’t resist. This will help you focus on what is truly important and keep your audience engaged. 2015 GIFF finalist, Travel Bug Story, tells a sweet and simple story in under 2 minutes!6. Focus on qualityWe understand if geocaching comes before filmmaking on your hobby list—we’re not looking for Hollywood here. We are, however, looking for videos that will look and sound good on the big screen. As much as you may love your GoPro, simply wearing it around while you go geocaching usually doesn’t make for the best footage. If you can, use a tripod and an external mic. If you can’t, have your actors speak close to your on-camera mic and use a natural tripod like a tree limb or your friend’s shoulder. The 2015 finalist, The Future of Geocaching, is a great example. For more technical tips, check out Vimeo’s Video School. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015June 15, 2015In “Community”Calling all filmmakers! Submit your film to GIFF 2017.March 13, 2017In “Community”Last Call: GIFF Videos Due July 1stJune 17, 2014In “Community” The Geocaching International Film Festival is returning for another year of epic geocaching moments captured on camera.If you’re a filmmaker, a geocacher, or something in between, GIFF 2017 is your chance to have your geocaching film viewed by thousands of people on movie screens all over the world. Submissions are due August 1, 2017.But before you start filming, check out these tips all GIFF filmmakers should follow!1. Know the rules for submissionSeriously. Read the rules. In the past we’ve had to reject films that:Are longer than 4 minutes. We immediately disqualify these entries.Show footage of a geocache that they either don’t have permission to spoil or that doesn’t follow all basic requirements for hiding a geocache. If you’ve received permission to show an active geocache, make a note of that in the film submission form.Include footage that is not family friendly. By “family friendly” we mean: no nudity, sexually explicit or suggestive content, profanity, firearms or other weapons, racist, harassing or otherwise offensive content or content that would be inappropriate for children, such as violent or frightening content. Several times in the past, we’ve had to disqualify film entries for scenes that are too frightening for young kids.Use footage, music, photos, etc. that they don’t have rights to.  Here are some free, fair-use music resources:Free Play MusicVimeo Music Store (choose Creative Commons/free)Garage Band (mac app)LMMS (PC app) Submit Your Filmlast_img read more

Live from Eric Schmidt’s Keynote at Mobile World Congress

first_img6:07 Schmidt mentions this is a Honeycomb app. Uh-oh, networking issues! Can complete the demo, but you can see it on YouTube!6:08 Back to Schmidt. He loves Honeycomb, by the way. Google wants to get you back to being human, not a slave to the computer. (Me: Oh we would love that, too, come to think of it.)6:11 Google Chrome, AdWords, & YouTube get shout outs. 160 million mobile views per year on YouTube. Now Google is monetizing professional content on YouTube.6:13 We understand that we’re disruptive. We understand people have concerns about privacy. We think the debate is healthy and we want to be a part of the discussion. We’re listening.6:15 Over the next few years, all the mobile phones and tablets that are coming mean that you never forget anything: where you stayed, who you talked to, what you said. You’re also never lost. When was the last time you were ever really lost? And all your friends know where you are, too. You’re never lonely – there are always people “around” you. And you’re never bored, never out of ideas. “We can always suggest new ideas.” (Me: You, Google?) And of course, your car drives itself. This technology will come in a decade, not a year.6:20 More people are coming to mobile, billions. It will change their lives. Because of what you helped them build (talking to the operators here, again). He says he hopes Google and you (the carriers) can work together to help make the world a better place with technology. Related Posts 6:24 Question about Ads: What will ads in the future look like? Schmidt says targeted TV-quality ads customized to the unique individual without violating their privacy is the next big thing in advertising. Better ads are more satisfying to viewer and are a better return on investment.Question about Android fragmentation, what’s being done? Schmidt: we hear some of this. We have an anti-fragmentation clause for all our vendors. (Me: Say what?) The importance of the app store – it’s the carrot and stick that encourages updates.6: 27 Question: Google’s role in managing people’s money? Schmidt: Larry said we should offer “Google Bucks.” Probably not going to happen. The serious answer is that there’s a mega opportunity in front of us. The NFC chip such as the one in the Nexus Scan be used as a secure ID for electronic transactions.Scenario: Phone remembers you need new pants. Phone knows there’s 2 stores in front of you selling pants. The phone tells you which one has the pants you like (Schmidt likes the cheaper ones). Phone tells you where to go. Store knows you’re coming. Pants are ready. You buy them, paying with your phone.6:31 Question about the different OS’s Google makes: “I apologize for the confusion.” Confirms that Android Ice Cream will combine the features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. He doesn’t confirm it’s called “Ice Cream,” just that it starts with an “I” and is named after a dessert. Chrome OS is unrelated to mobile phones. Chrome OS is for netbooks and PCs. Over time, we’re working on merging them, he said.6:33 Question: Why isn’t Larry here? Larry said: you get to fly around more. Larry is probably at his desk, working on products.6:34 Question about HTML5. It will become the way almost all apps are built. The underlying standard had to evolve. Eventually, some number of years from now, a lot of apps will run on HTML5, on both mobile and non-mobile form factors.6:35 Question about Google’s vision for social, how will it bring intelligence to social info: Google is a platform. If you give us your social info, we can make search better. Ex: if you tell YouTube who your friends are, it can suggest better videos for you. It’s another signal we add to the matrix.Question about IPv4: The last block of addresses will be gone in the next 6 months. Google has been testing IPv6, as all major vendors do. The concern is about the intermediate things – the things you forgot about. We have do a number of tests to make sure IPv6 routing works. The time is now, we have to deal with it.6:39 Question about how Schmidt sees Google in 10 years? Google will be a lot bigger. The world will be more mobile. The big development will be artificial intelligence. The infrastructure will be built but we can’t predict the next killer apps.6:41 Question on mobile devices and health: It’s obvious that mobile devices should be used in health. Between 3-4 Google queries are medical, we’re working to make those results accurate, more automated. Ex: “You’re having a heart attack! Go the hospital now!”Question about primary competitors: Schmidt says its primary competitor is Microsoft. They have the cash, scale, brand and reach. Bing is good – perhaps too good, as we mentioned in a recent blog post. Facebook is less of a competitor.On Nokia/Microsoft deal: We wished Nokia had chosen Android. We certainly tried. We’re sorry that they chose Microsoft.6:44 Oops, I dropped my camera. I missed this question.6:47 Why don’t educational institutions embrace Google searches, Internet research? Schmidt: We’ve funded YouTube professors. We haven’t come up with a killer “Ed” app. The sooner we can get people on mobile, the faster change can occur.6:48 Android has been a success, are you moving to PC world? (Me: Uh, seriously?) Schmidt: Yes, and it’s called Chrome OS. Sometime in spring, hardware manufacturers will deliver Chrome OS PCs. They won’t run Microsoft apps.6:50 Question about privacy dilemma? People trust brands that are trustworthy. People will opt-in if they know you’re not trying to violate their privacy. Privacy is complicated, there’s not a single answer. Sometimes national security, local laws, local customs come into play. As long as you choose to opt-in, not an issue.That was the last question, we’re wrapped. Tags:#Android#mobile#news sarah perez Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is giving a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s his first major speech since he stepped down from the CEO position in January. His goal? To talk Android, of course, and more importantly, to convince carriers that Google isn’t trying to make them just “dumb pipes” for Google’s content.Update: At least, that’s been his usual MO at these events. This time, a healthy Q&A session at the end gave a much larger focus on Google as a company, both on mobile and off.UPDATE: Live blog has ended. 5:49: 300,000 Schmidt starts with stats: Android activations per day. He’s talking about the power of broadband, the power of connectivity.5:52: Technology is going to serve humans, not the other way around. And “computers are here to make us happier.”5:53: Today’s developers think mobile first. Last year, Schmidt said he predicated smartphones would pass PC sales in 2 years. Now, he says he was wrong. It happened in one year. A smartphone today has the same capability of a lunar mission in 1969. The same thing has occurred on the networks – the operators are pouring billions of dollars to offer data at this scale.5:55: Note, he’s not calling the operators “carriers” like he does in the U.S. Carrier implies dumb pipe, operator sounds better.5:59 Schmidt is revisiting the idea of mobile phones as “serendipity” platforms that help you discover the world around you, a favorite topic of his. Some magical things phones do come from Google: Google Translate for instance, is a universal translator. Translation is done in the cloud.6:01 Demo Time! We’re looking at a new Android app: Android Movie Studio which lets you edit video files. The app lets you add pan and zoom effects, customize the images in the timeline, change the beginning and end of clips, change the colors in clips.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala gets bail in stalking case

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, in the case of alleged abduction, wrongfully restraining and stalking of a 29-year-old woman in Chandigarh in August last year.Justice Lisa Gill, while granting bail to Barala (23) asked him to strictly stay away from the victim and her family and in no way try to influence the trial of the case.“Vikas Barala has been granted bail by the court,” Vinod Ghai, one of his counsel, told reporters.Mr. Barala’s counsels submitted in the court that the trial of the case was going on in the lower court and that the accused has been in jail for around five months. Besides, the statement of the victim has been recorded as well and, therefore he should be granted bail.Mr. Barala, the key accused in the case, has been in jail since August 9, and faces charges under different Sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 354 D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 365 read with 511 (attempt to kidnap). His bail petition was dismissed four times by the trial court.Meanwhile, in the trial court Varnika Kundu’s cross-examination was conducted on Wednesday during which she firmly stood by her allegations against the accused.Mr. Barala and friend Ashish allegedly chased Varnika Kundu — a disc jockey by profession — in their SUV while she was returning home from Chandigarh to Panchkula on the intervening night of August 4 and August 5, 2017.Both the accused were first arrested on August 5 on the complaint of Ms. Kundu but were soon released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. The duo was re-arrested on August 9, after the police added Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC for attempt to abduct, in the already-registered FIR.last_img read more

Wizards’ Thomas Bryant has a game for the record books

first_imgWashington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford, right, during triple overtime of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Thomas Bryant’s perfect night was something the NBA hadn’t seen in nearly a quarter-century.Bryant’s 14 for 14 effort from the floor in Washington’s triple-overtime 149-146 win over Phoenix on Saturday night was the first such game in the NBA since Gary Payton had the same shooting numbers in Seattle’s win over Cleveland on Jan. 4, 1995.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s amazing,” Bryant said. “I had no idea throughout the game and I had no idea after the game until people started telling me about it.”They will be telling him about this one for a long time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBryant became the fifth player to have a 14-for-14 game or better, joining Payton, Bailey Howell, Billy McKinney and Wilt Chamberlain. Howell was 14 for 14 for the Baltimore Bullets — the Wizards’ franchise — against San Francisco on Jan. 3, 1965, and McKinney was 14 for 14 for Kansas City against Boston on Dec. 27, 1978.Chamberlain had four such games — he was 15 for 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 20, 1967, an NBA-record 18 for 18 against Baltimore on Feb. 24, 1967 and 16 for 16 against Baltimore again on March 19, 1967, recording all of those for Philadelphia. He was 14 for 14 for the Lakers against Detroit on March 11, 1969. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs Bryant scored 31 points on Saturday, more than he had posted in any other two NBA games of his career. He easily exceeded his previous career-highs for points (was 16), field goals (was five) and field goals attempted (was eight).Bryant was 3 for 3 in the first quarter, 1 for 1 in the second quarter, 2 for 2 in the third quarter, didn’t take any shots in the fourth quarter, 4 for 4 in the first overtime, 3 for 3 in the second overtime and 1 for 1 in the third overtime.The previous high for shots made without a miss in a game this season was 12, by Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis against New York on Oct. 31.“I had no idea,” Bryant said. “I was just in the flow of the game. I just let the game come to me. Then as soon as I felt that I was in a rhythm, I just went out and took it.”Bryant was also 3 for 3 from the foul line — adding to his perfect night. Of the others to go 14 for 14 from the field or better in a game, only Payton also didn’t miss from the foul line, as well.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “MVP, by far, by far,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had a triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, said when seeing Bryant’s stat line from the night’. “That’s my boy. He plays his tail off every minute.”Going back to Washington’s game against Houston on Wednesday, Bryant is 19 for 20 from the field and has made his last 16 shot attempts.The Wizards play at Indiana on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more