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New Miss Bartica Regatta Crowned

first_imgIt was a clean sweep for Arian Dhalia Richmond at this year’s Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant. The 19-year-old Bartican dominated throughout the talent, swimsuit and evening gown segments on Saturday night.Richmond was crowned the Regatta Queen in the early hours of Sunday morning, following a late start of the show which was held on the basketball court at the Community Centre Ground at Second Avenue.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams (second left) sashed the new Regatta Queen, Arian Dhalia Richmond, before she was crowned by former Miss Regatta, Gabriella Chapman (centre). Also in photo are first runner-up Kasherell Payne (third right) and second runner-up Takeisa Boston (second right) and Mayor of Bartica, Gifford MarshallAlong with the crown, Richmond also copped the Miss Intelligence, Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Multimedia and Best Gown awards on pageant night.Richmond, who was the crowd’s favourite throughout the competition, demonstrated the poise and elegance that a pageant stage demands.Richmond crooned her way to the top in the talent segment with a song she dedicated to the victims of abuse.Meanwhile, first runner-up, Kasherell Payne; and second runner-up, Takeisa Boston, were also impressive during the pageant. In a talent segment heavily favouring dance routines, Boston was the best dancer of the night; however, Payne stood out with her spoken word piece.The ladies stunned in their evening gowns, but it was Richmond who owned the stage with the display of her gown. At the end of the night, the three young ladies were left with the judges’ questions.When asked what she would do if she had a day for herself, Richmond replied that she would bring the country’s leaders together to address the issues affecting youth in the community of Bartica and across the country.The Regatta Pageant, a staple in the Easter Regatta calendar of activities, was a night of elegance before the powerboat day. Chief Judge in the evening’s proceedings was 1998 Miss Universe, Wendy Fitzwilliam from Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Two new resources make their debut at Fort St. John Public Library

first_img“In choosing these first six languages, we spoke with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Integration Services to ask about which were the most common first languages spoken by families with young children who had immigrated to the Fort St. John area in the past few years.”Peletier again adds, “This obviously isn’t a comprehensive collection of every first language spoken by people in Fort St. John, however, it is a good start and we’re definitely open to expanding it to include other first language communities in Fort St. John.”The new addition was made possible by the family of Leslie Norman, a frequent patron of the library who passed away earlier this year.Peletier says the family wanted to honour that memory while also contributing to early childhood education. “We’re really looking forward to getting some feedback from families who are using this,” Peletier said. “We really want to know how families would like to see technology used in the children’s collection. We want to know if there is more interest in things like children’s e-books or audio books; if people would like to see more of this or less.”Peletier adds, “We’re really putting it in the hands of the public right now. We’re starting off with this and really look forward to hearing from people in the future.”The iPads were made possible by donations from Friends of the Library and are available from noon until closing.As for the children’s multi-lingual collection – that’s a feature of  bilingual and unilingual children’s books in German, Russian, Arabic, and Tagalog, while Peletier says the library expects to acquire books in Hindi and Punjab soon after.Advertisement “We’ve got two iPads that are going to be loaded with early learning literacy-based apps,” Morgan Peletier of the Fort St. John Public Library said, “…They range from story book apps that feature familiar characters, and fairly tale and nursery rimes, to math apps, science exploration ones, and lots of interesting things like that.”Peletier explained what role these iPads play in regard to early childhood education.“Increasingly in our society, digital literacy is becoming an important tool as kids go into school and become citizens,” Peletier goes on to say. “Part of a library’s role in the community is (making) sure there is equitable access to learning resources for everybody in the community.”- Advertisement -These iPads are not only valuable to those who don’t have access to them at home, but also parents who do and are looking to explore the options in which they can choose from before purchasing apps for their children.“If they do have their own devices at home but would like to see which apps might be good, the library is trying to play a role in helping people access apps that have been well reviewed by education sources and things like that,” Peletier explained while adding the price of these apps range anywhere from .99 – $5.00, opposed to thousands of dollars if a household would try to emulate the previous early childhood education software available at the library.Peletier says she’s looking forward to hearing feedback from parents once the project begins to gain traction.Advertisementlast_img read more

Strootman latest: Roma want Man United target to sign new deal

first_imgRoma could dash Manchester United’s plans to capture long-term target Kevin Strootman by offering the midfielder a new contract to stay at the Serie A club.Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is a long-term admirer of the dynamic central midfielder, who he coached during his time as Holland national team manager.And now, according to Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, manager Rudi Garcia is set to offer Strootman an improved new deal to keep him and beat off increased interest from United.The former PSV stalwart, who has four years left to run on his current Roma deal, is on target to return to training this week following the serious cruciate ligament injury he sustained at the end of last season, which ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil.United are monitoring his situation closely and, despite concerns over his fitness, are prepared to better the Italian club’s contract proposalBut Roma are determined to keep the 24-year-old and hope a signifcant salary rise will put an end to speculation over his future. 1 Kevin Strootman last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Liverpool to finish in the top four?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson claims Liverpool are a good bet in finish in a Champions League spot for next season. The Reds are currently seventh in the Premier League table, four points off fourth placed Southampton.There’s also the latest horse racing news, and a preview of the upcoming Six Nations, which kicks off with Wales v England on Friday night.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


first_imgDONEGAL staff will have extra cash in their pockets after German supermarket chain Lidl has now decided to include Ireland in a pay rise for workers.Lidl announced last month that it would introduce the new living wage in England, Wales and Scotland which is €11.13 an hour, or €12.69 an hour in London.However, Donegal workers at seven stores across the county were excluded from receiving the increase. They are currently paid around €9.77 per hour.Lidl said this was due to the way its business was organised across IrelandNow it has done a dramatic U-turn and workers in Donegal will now receive the living wage.Susan Fitzgerald of Unite The Unite said: “This is a very significant victory for Lidl workers, our members and Unite, who led the campaign to demand equal pay for workers. “We are particularly pleased that Lidl’s adoption of the Living Wage will extend to their workforce in the Republic of Ireland.“This announcement means other retail chains are now ‘on notice’ that they need to pay the Living Wage – there can be no justification for poverty-pay.”Under the new living wage scheme, Donegal workers will see their hourly rate increase on an incremental scale to €11.95 per hour after three years. A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGElast_img read more

Credit card debt deepens in April

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans increased their borrowing in April at the fastest pace in 10 months as credit card spending and auto loans both picked up. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that consumer borrowing rose at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in April, a significant increase from a tiny 0.8 percent gain in March. It was unclear, however, how long the rebound in borrowing would last given a decline in consumer confidence during May that was attributed to worries about soaring prices for gasoline and other energy products. The 5.9 percent rate of increase for overall borrowing was the biggest gain since borrowing rose at a 6.8 percent rate in June of last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The increase in dollar terms was $10.6 billion, which pushed total consumer credit to a record $2.17 trillion. The Fed’s measurement of consumer credit does not include mortgages and other loans secured by real estate. The small 0.8 percent rise in March was revised down from an original estimate a month ago that borrowing had risen at a 1.4 percent rate during the month. For April, consumer borrowing on credit cards and other types of revolving loans rose at an annual rate of 4.5 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA trainee jockey who was caught driving without proper insurance has been told to make a donation to Donegal’s GAA Centre of Excellence – by a Donegal-born judge.Judge Sean MacBride ordered Jonathan Cresswell to pay €300 to avoid having a conviction.Cresswell was caught driving from Co Monaghan to the Galway Races without proper car insurance. Judge Seán MacBride, who is originally from Inishowen, dismissed the prosecution under the Probation Act at Carrickmacross Court, Co Monaghan, against Cresswell (23) of Chestnut Manor, Caledon, Co Tyrone.Mr Cresswell undertook, through defence lawyer Gerry Jones, to donate €300 to the new Donegal GAA Centre of Excellence.Judge MacBride queried Mr Cresswell on how the horse he was riding at Galway had fared in the race, but was informed it had not won.Dismissing the prosecution, the judge said he would give the young trainee jockey “a chance” on this occasion, and wished him “every success in the future”.DONEGAL GAA GETS A LIFT – FROM A JUDGE AND A JOCKEY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:amateur jockeyJudge Sean MacBrideno insurancelast_img read more

South Africa Hosts the Inaugural Africa Communications Week

first_imgTsabeng Nthite – South Africa will be hosting the annual Africa Communications Week (ACW) from 21 – 25 May 2018.Africa Communications Week is an annual global campaign, open to communications professionals with an African focus/expertise. ACW’s mission is to empower and equip Africa focused communications professionals with the tools and resources to change the current narratives about Africa. ACW also aims to promote knowledge and professional development by hosting informative webinars and masterclasses, as well as providing practical tools on how Africa focused communicators can begin to advance more realistic narratives about Africa.  Hosted by PR Trendz ZA the South African edition of ACW will take place on Tuesday, 22 May and Friday, 25 May in Johannesburg and Cape Town under the theme ‘Telling a balanced South African narrative: Trends and Insights’. Nelisa Ngqulana, Managing Director of PR Trends ZA said: “The South African edition of ACW is a learning event that will bring together communications practitioners across all sectors, encouraging the sharing of lessons and insights and growing networks of collaboration with to ensure that we are constantly up to date with the practice of communications trends.” Co-Founder of the ACW Annie Mutamba said: “There are too many communication professionals working in isolation, trying to challenge the current narratives about Africa. Africa Communications Week seeks to build bridges between forward-thinking communicators.” “Africa focused communications professionals have a strategic role to play, in taking ownership of the African narrative and shaping the conversations, stories, and policies of their organisations, governments and culture,” added Eniola Harrison, Co-Founder ACW. The  event will feature a lecture sponsored by the IE business school on ‘What we can learn from South American communications campaigns. The main issue for this event is to bring Communications practitioners across industries together, to learn, network and collaborate. With the aim of contributing to the bigger narrative around the Nation Brand of South Africa. Follow the conversation on: #AfricaCommsWeeklast_img read more

Facebook Comments Have Been Around for a Year and Haven’t Taken Over Yet

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Earlier today, everyone was talking about Facebook and how it is “planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks.” The only problem, of course, is that Facebook Comments already exists as a plug-in for third-party sites. Facebook confirmed that it is “testing an updated plugin” on both its Facebook Blog and Developer Blog, as it has been for the past year. In that time, all these other real-time comment startups, such as Echo and Livefyre, have had time to prepare for the arrival of the 600 million member strong social network in the commenting space. So far, Facebook hasn’t managed to take over the commenting space and they had a few points to offer on why that’s the case.“Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product,” writes CNET’s Caroline McCarthy. “This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs and other digital publications very soon.” Of course, if this were the case, why hasn’t this happened over the last year that Facebook has offered the product? McCarthy points to a rather old version of Facebook’s Comment plugin, saying that the “new commenting product is a significantly deeper expansion of this.” And if you look at either of the Facebook blogs mentioned above, you can see a newer version altogether. Take a look at a screenshot from last fall:According to Livefyre founder and CEO Jordan Kretchmer, Facebook entering the comment space is certainly “no surprise.”“We’ve been expecting it for some time,” said Kretchmer, “and have been actively building Livefyre towards the things that we know Facebook will get wrong. Namely: Identity, personas, open data, and non-discriminatory social media integration.”Chris Saad, VP of strategy at real-time commenting system Echo, mostly pointed to Echo’s upcoming launch event when we asked him how Echo had prepared for Facebook’s entrance into commenting, but also agreed that there were a number of areas he expected Facebook to fall short in. According to Saad, Facebook’s commenting system would likely not be real-time, wouldn’t allow for white labeling, wouldn’t allow any other party to own the data and would only allow for Facebook login. On this one point, at least, Facebook may change its tune – Peter Kafka tweeted today that the “new FB comment system [is] designed to work with Google, Yahoo, Twitter sign-ins, if [publication] wants them.”Beyond that, however, Kretchmer expanded on many of the contention points that both he and Saad expressed. “There will be very little or no shared ownership of comment data, and probably no plug and play database syncing for different CMS platforms. I’ve seen the rumors that Twitter and Google auth will be integrated, but my gut tells me that will require connecting those services back to your central Facebook account, which would defeat the purpose of allowing login through different social graphs in the first place. People generally want the option of commenting with different personas, not “anonymously” per se, but personas that they care about and upkeep in the different communities that they comment on. Not allowing for that will diminish the overall amount of conversation publishers will see. For example, I might have something meaningful to say about a controversial topic, but not something I want connected to my true identity.The other really important thing to note, is that larger publishers have their own login and profile systems in place. If Facebook comments doesn’t allow for any kind of Single Sign On with existing user systems (not just other social nets), I can see that being a big barrier for most. Publishers would basically be giving up their own communities to Facebook.”A quick look around the Internet also shows general user perception of a Facebook-only commenting system. People want to reserve the right to anonymity on the Internet and, if not this, then at least be able to exist as a separate persona from their true identity. Facebook can be credited for getting people to openly share this true identity on the Web, but they are still reluctant to use it all over the Web.What do you think – would you use a Facebook comment system on a third party site? Would you log in and leave a comment? Or would you shun the system and the site for other systems like Disqus, Echo or Livefyre?Let us know in our Disqus-powered comments below. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Work with Hadoop and NoSQL Databases with Toad for Cloud

first_imgToad for Cloud Databases is a version of Quest’s popular Toad tool specially designed for next-generation databases. So far it supports AWS SimpleDB; Microsoft Azure; Table services; Apache HBase; Microsoft SQL Azure; Apache Cassandra or any ODBC-enabled relational database. It can be downloaded here.Toad got its start as Tool for Oracle Databases (TOAD). Quest bought the tool in 1998 and has continued its development. Toad competes with open source projects such as TOra and SQLTools++.The existing flavors of Toad, such as Toad for MySQL, have long been popular with database professionals. Quest’s move into NoSQL demonstrates how much interest there is in the area. According to RedMonk’s Michael Coté, Toad for Cloud Databases already has over 2,000 users – not bad for a tool for managing relatively new and esoteric technologies. Coté writes that Hadoop is the most popular database among Toad for Cloud users.Quest is positioning itself as a trusted source for NoSQL tools and information. In addition to Toad for Cloud, Quest is running a wiki dedicated to NoSQL. The entry “Survey Distributed Databases” is an extensive overview of burgeoning field of NoSQL players. Quest staffers have been giving interviews on the subject of NoSQL and Hadoop as well. Tags:#cloud#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more