GDF, Police join search party for missing fishermen

first_imgSuspected piracy attackThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Monday joined the search for the two missing fishermen from the suspected piracy attack of Sara 1 – a fishing vessel which was found ashore on Friday.Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent Calvin Brutus explained that an aerial search was carried out on Monday over the Atlantic Ocean and Corentyne River.The search took the aircraft from Suriname waters to the West Coast of Berbice.Two bodies have already been found at Abary Foreshore in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).The body of 36-year-old Kawal Kissoon also called “Ajai” of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne, was discovered on Friday and the badly decomposed body of 20-year-old Otto Lamar Petrie of Lot 90 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant, Corentyne, was discovered along the said foreshore on Sunday.The missing crew members are 20-year-old Marvin Tamesar also called “Buddy” and “Bin Laden” of Lot 305 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant, and 20-year-old Vishnu Seeram also called “Kevin” of Lot 76 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant.The vessel was found on the foreshore at Wellington Park, Corentyne, on Friday afternoon. The search is continuing for Tamesar and Seeram.Meanwhile, family members have also been on a search along the shores of the Corentyne.The four fishermen left the shore on October 5 and were expected to spend between 14 to 28 days before returning home.However, the vessel, without the crew, was discovered seven days into the fishing expedition.There are reports that the vessel drifted ashore two days prior to the official discovery on Friday. Further reports suggest that Sara 1 was seen drifting on Monday at sea.This, together with the fact that when the bodies of Kissoon and Petrie were discovered, their hands were tied behind their backs and their feet were tied together, has led to the belief that it was a piracy attack.When Sara 1 was found, the boat engine was missing. There was no food in the cabin, and the crew would have taken food to last them for at least 28 days.Despite the advanced state of decomposition of the bodies, an autopsy is expected to be conducted today.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James is of the view that there is need for aerial surveillance coupled with “fit for the purpose vessels” to assist in effectively monitoring fishermen on the high seas. He expressed that view last month when he testified before the Commission of Inquiry about the deadly piracy attack on 28 Guyanese fishermen in May of last year.James said that some amendment must be made to the current legislation to make it compulsory for fishing vessels to have GPS tracking and communication devices.On April 27 and 28, 2018, pirates attacked several fishing boats with Guyanese fishermen in what is being considered the worst piracy attack on Guyanese fishermen.Four fishing boats with a total crew of 20 were attacked during the two-day period. Five of the fishermen survived after being chopped and thrown into the Ocean. The bodies of three of the missing men have since been recovered.A fourth body, which was found in Surinamese waters, is still to be identified via DNA testing.Eleven are still missing and are believed to have also died.last_img read more

Letterkenny artist taps into unique digital print market

first_imgA young Letterkenny artist has tapped into a niche market with unique prints refecting the Donegal landscape.Barry Daly has produced an impressive array of works featuring everybody and everything from Conor McGregor to Fanad Lighthouse.Many of his unique printers have a Donegal theme and are unique to many towns and landmarks across Donegal. As well as the Donegal aspect to the Wild Atlantic Way, Barry’s work includes reflections of Carrigart as well as Stars Wars to commemorate the recent filming of segments of the forthcoming film at Malin Head.And for anybody interested in unique graphic prints with a local edge, Barry’s work isn’t expensive.Prints start at just €10 and when framed make stunning and birthday presents. See more of Barry’s work at artist taps into unique digital print market was last modified: September 4th, 2016 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:artBarry Dalydigital printsdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

2016 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 17 and 18. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights. The results will be posted in the September issue of Ohio’s Country Journal as well. I-75 Team Includes:Sam Custer, OSU ExtensionBen Bowsher, Allen County farmerMike Lutmer, Warren County farmerPaul Ralston, Hardin County farmerMatt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal I-71 Team Includes:Jim Miller, Fairfield County farmerBill Black, Pickaway County farmerBart Johnson, Ohio’s Country Journal, Delaware County farmerTy Higgins, Ohio Ag NetJevon Rockwell, Erie County farmerlast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau, North High Brewing announce centennial beer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s farmers and craft beer enthusiasts will soon celebrate the release of a new specialty beer. Cover Crop, from North High Brewing, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ohio Farm Bureau.Cover Crop is a light-bodied, easy drinking golden ale that is crisp, refreshing and perfect for relaxing after a day of hard work in the office, factory or farm. The name Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment.Cover Crop will be released in package and draft beginning in December and be available throughout 2019 wherever North High beer is sold.Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Membership Sales Adam Carney talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about the unique product. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Using local ingredients was important for both Ohio Farm Bureau and North High Brewing, which is a member of Farm Bureau. Cover Crop is to be brewed with local malt sourced from Rustic Brew Farm in Marysville, Ohio. Farm owner Matt Cunningham’s family has farmed nearly 100 years growing traditional row crops. They’ve been Farm Bureau members for most of that time. Within the past few years Cunningham added barley and a malting house to diversify the farm and create opportunities for future generations.“Craft beer fans really appreciate local ingredients,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president. “Our partnership with North High Brewing connects us to Ohioans who enjoy knowing all about the products they buy.  This is a fun way to celebrate our centennial and build some appreciation of Ohio’s agricultural community.”Sharp said the name, Cover Crop, is appropriate.  “It’s a practice used generations ago to improve the soil and is now coming back as a way to protect water quality,” he said.“We’re excited and honored to craft Cover Crop with the help of Ohio farmers,” said North High Brewing brewmaster Jason McKibben.  Creating a beer with Ohio ingredients is a fitting way to commemorate the Farm Bureau’s anniversary, he added. “It’s a way we can make a definite connection between our customers and Ohioans with the No. 1 industry in Ohio, which is agriculture,” he said. “It’s really just an honor—it adds gravity to what we do.”The release of Cover Crop is part of a year-long centennial celebration for Ohio Farm Bureau.  Other activities include a member only concert by country artist Chase Bryant, barn paintings, and vintage collectables. The centennial celebration officially kicks off at the 2018 annual meeting Dec. 6 – 7 in Columbus.Updates on Cover Crop and all aspects of the centennial celebration are at North High BrewingNorth High Brewing was founded in 2011 as Columbus’ first and only Brew on Premises establishment. Realizing the demand for craft beer, North High expanded to a full scale production brewery in 2013. North High currently distributes its award winning beer across the state of Ohio in both draft and package.About Ohio Farm BureauAs a grassroots membership organization, Ohio Farm Bureau was founded to ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms. Throughout its 100-year history, Ohio Farm Bureau has impacted agriculture by advocating for reasonable government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, supporting local food initiatives, and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality and farmland preservation.last_img read more

Moto G7 Power will be cheaper offline, will come in Ceramic Black only

first_imgA few weeks ago, Motorola unveiled the Moto G7 series in Brazil. The 7th generation of the Moto G series spawns four models – G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. As with all previous Moto G smartphones, the entire range will be making it to India, with reports of the G7 Power and G7 Play arriving before all the other models. There have been rumours of the new Moto G7 series making it to India by the end of February. And now, the price for the G7 Power is leaked.Update: The source has updated the expected MRP to Rs 15,999. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom took to Twitter to announce the prices of the new Moto G7 Power before Motorola’s official announcement. The G7 Power is expected to carry an MRP of Rs 18,990, which is similar to the Brazilian pricing of the handset. However, it is also said that the G7 Power will carry a price of Rs 14,500 in the offline sector. This means those purchasing the G7 Power from offline retail can avail a discount of Rs 4,400.Apart from the pricing, it is also said that the Moto G7 Power will only be available in a single colour variant. The G7 Power will sell in India only in the Black variant.Considering the pricing details accessed from Mahesh Telecom have mostly been correct, the G7 Power could be priced around Rs 15,999 for the online market as well. This will put it on par with the Moto One Power, which presently sells for Rs 14,999. The Moto One Power is very identical to the G7 Power, with both the handsets carrying a 5000mAh battery.advertisementThe G7 Power is expected to be Motorola’s second big battery smartphone along with the Moto One Power. The G7 Power carries a 5000mAh battery and is powered by power efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset. The handset will be running on a nearly stock build of Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box along with all the Moto enhancements. It sports a modern curved glass rear panel that was seen on last seen on the Moto G6.Compared to G7 Power, the Moto One Power offers a slight powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Moto One Power also sports a metal body at the rear instead of the glass body from the Moto G series.The rest of the Moto G7 series is also expected to arrive at the Indian shores over the course of the next few months. The G7 Play is also expected to join the G7 Power for an early India launch. The standard Moto G7 and the flagship G7 Plus are expected to come to India later.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play launched: Price, Specifications and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Brain goes against brawnlast_img read more

Gov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Ministry is taking full advantage of the offerings of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in combating crime across the island.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 19, Mr. Bunting noted that a number of crime control and prevention initiatives have been implemented with the use of modern technology.Among these is the recent upgrading of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS) at a cost of $260 million.Mr. Bunting noted that the modernisation exercise involves, in part, the conversion of the remaining paper-based fingerprint records to digital format.In addition, the Blackberry (smart phone) law enforcement database has been installed on some 550 handsets of traffic and operational personnel across the island and the smart phone application has been used to check the authenticity of drivers’ licences and motor vehicle documents.The analogue police radio system will be converted to a digital system with enhanced capabilities at a cost of $240 million.Mr. Bunting further informed that the JCF will be expanding surveillance via closed circuit television (CCTV) during the next financial year to detect criminal offences in public spaces.He said the necessary equipment has already been installed in several towns including Mandeville, May Pen, Montego Bay, and Half-Way-Tree.“We will be expanding the use of this facility by increasing the number of cameras in existing towns and, will also expand the surveillance to include areas of Spanish Town,” he said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Dystopian attraction of Stalin era

first_imgSome of the most memorable, enduring literature has been inspired by history’s bloodiest eras – the French Revolution, trench warfare in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, the Nazi killings, the partition of India and its dangerous dislocations, the Cambodian, the Rwandan genocides and so on. But these are not only intended as harrowing records of those turbulent times but a warning against their recurrence. So is it about the Stalin era with its pervasive paranoia and fear, violent purges, mass repression, ‘justice’ dealt on torture-achieved confessions and denunciations, historical manipulation – and an over-arching personality cult. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Stalin succeeded Lenin in 1924 but it was only a decade later that the terror began. The Great Purge, targeting all institutions and supplanting any rival, would continue till 1940, when perforce halted by World War II, resume afterwards – though in smaller scale – and end only with his death in 1953. Though it was first officially acknowledged in Khrushchev’s Secret Speech at the 20th Party Congress in 1956, some authors had brought some aspects to public attention much earlier. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere are some indications in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita but the first published record is Hungarian-born British writer Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon (1940), the account of an old Bolshevik’s arrest for ‘treason’, torture for ‘confession’ and eventual execution. Though the character is called Rubashov, he may well be named Bukharin, Zinoviev, Kamenev or any other of Lenin’s old associates eliminated in the purges.George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) is a sharp attack on Stalin’s rise and reign, while the more terrifying, dystopian 1984 (1949) has, as the state’s figurehead, the dark-eyed, heavy moustachioed Big Brother (an unmistakable description).Then there is Ilya Ehrenburg’s The Thaw (1954) – the first Russian work to allude to Stalinist terror, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) influencing other books on gulag existence.Even well into the new century and far from Russia, the period still attracts authors and has led to some engrossing works which recapture the tense, perilous atmosphere. The pride of place must go to Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s Sashenka (2008) and One Night in Winter (2013), both loosely linked with some common characters, both real and fictional.Sashenka begins in Tsarist St Petersburg in 1916 when the eponymous heroine – a willful teenager – spurns her privileged background to join the Bolsheviks and ends up as a secretary to Lenin. In 1939, she is long married to a leading figure of the regime, who survived the purge and is so trusted that one night Stalin and his entourage drop in for dinner.But one moment of indiscretion is all needed to unravel her and her family’s life. In the third part set in the 1990s, some dedicated researchers, funded by an Russian oligarch, uncover her shocking fate and that of her two children.One Night in Winter, set in World War II’s aftermath, is no less stomach-wrenching as the escapades of a bunch of a privileged teenagers go tragically wrong and enmesh their parents – all members of the ruling elite – in a relentless witch-hunt, powered by a power struggle between rival intelligence chiefs – Beria and Abakumov. The teenagers have to inform on each other and their parents while their siblings as young as six and 10 years are also picked up and threatened. Meanwhile, the parents have to go on as nothing has happened.Another view of the claustrophobic times and the innumerable pitfalls – especially for a honest man – is offered in William Ryan’s series about a mid-1930s Moscow police captain, probing a range of criminal cases – all with sinister political ramifications and perils galore for the investigator. Debuting in The Holy Thief (2010) where a murder case grows complicated once it is found the woman victim is American, Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev is next sent to a film location in Ukraine (The Bloody Meadow, 2011) to probe the ‘suicide’ of a woman – reportedly in a relationship with then NKVD chief Yezhov. Then he has to investigate a killing of scientists right in view of the Kremlin in The Twelfth Department (2012), while trying to ensure the safety of his family from the state.Stalin prominently features in the Inspector Pekkala series by American author Paul Watkins (pen name Sam Eastland) but these deserve separate treatment for a most innovative treatment of the era and his depiction – ranging from almost reasonable to painfully paranoid and untrustworthy. On the other hand, readers interested in historical treatment could pick up Sebag-Montefiore’s Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2005) and Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia (2007).last_img read more

Mobile App Marketing 101 How to Spread the Word About Your App

first_img Enroll Now for Free Marketing begins the day you put your mobile app idea into production. But not everyone has a budget for marketing. Contrary to popular belief, most effective marketing strategies don’t require any spending at all. In my last column, “4 Essentials for Successful Mobile Apps,” I offered advice on what makes a mobile app successful, with one of the key ingredients being a well-thought-out marketing strategy. But how to put that strategy in place?From the period before you launch your app to after it goes on the market, here are six important marketing strategies. While they may require time and perseverance, they involve little or no money:Make your press kit pop. Your press kit should include information about the problem you’re solving, but not enough detail to completely give the product away. Key components include a high-resolution logo, sample design screens, an app icon, a press release, a microsite and a teaser video. Make sure you have a fantastic name and icon for your app that’s catchy and connects with the audience instantly. The first paragraph of the app description should be your selling pitch and app store screenshots should be customized to attract your customer.One of the most under-rated, but highly effective strategies is app store marketing. Because a lot of people browse with keyword searches, select your keywords wisely by researching successful competitors.Build an enticing microsite. This two to three page website aggregates all the information about the product. While a lot of downloads will come directly through app stores, a huge amount of traffic is driven through the web. For example, the Path app’s microsite homepage greets visitors with the tagline: “Private messaging and sharing with friends and family” directly above a sign-up prompt at the top of the page. This is designed to hook new user as soon as they hit the landing page, before they’ve gotten all the information they need on the app.Create a teaser or giveaway campaign. Build a teaser or giveaway offer into your microsite and invite people to share their email address to stay updated on when your app launches. This helps build a database of people interested in your app. For example, a teaser video that came out before an app called Analog Camera came out last month, offered demos of how the app would work without going into a full explanation or revealing the release date. Instead the video lead you to a microsite with the message: “Sign up and you’ll be the first to know when Analog Camera launches!” — a clever way to gather potential customers early.Keep content fresh. Do this by creating a blog linked to your microsite. This is important because blog posts are indexed by Google. Keeping your content fresh will drive a lot of inbound traffic to your website. You can also make your presence cohesive on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Digg and Stumbleupon by sharing your blog posts with an active audience. Always think about how your content can be of value to a follower. For example, Angry Birds’ social media strategy includes sneak peeks of new game levels and versions, special offers and real-life examples of people enjoying the game.Build hype. Once your app is ready to be submitted to the app store, be sure to set a release date and plan publicity around the launch.Get in touch with tech blogs and publications likely to write about your product. Personalize your email with links to the press kit and microsite. If you haven’t heard from them in a week, send a reminder. If they did not cover your product initially, reach out again after your launch with download statistics and customer testimonials.Some popular sites like 148 Apps, App Advice and Macworld can help spread the word about your app. After it launches, write to them for a review of your app. There’s a large audience that reads recommendations online when deciding what to download.Ask customers for feedback. The more positive the ratings are for your app, the better chance it has of being downloaded. That’s why it’s worth it for you to build a code into your application asking users to rate it. Make sure to include contact information at the end of your app description or use a software development kit such as Appsfire to let people send feedback from a notification inbox. You can then reach out to unhappy users, resolve their issues and ask them to leave a rating on the app store if they were satisfied. Converting unhappy users to happy ones will improve your ratings.The main investment in these tactics is your time, persistence and creativity. Armed with these three qualities, you can get over a million eyeballs for your app in a very short time. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read June 5, 2013last_img read more