Cutlass wielding bandit shot

first_img…after robbing Republic Bank’s securityA Lodge, Princes Street, Georgetown man who attempted to rob a Republic Bank Limited (RBL) employee was early Friday morning shot in his leg.Reports are the 27-year-old man jumped the bank’s Waterloo Street office fence at about 05:15h and attacked a 35-year-old female security guard by choking her.At the time, the woman was only carrying her phone worth $35,000 which the thief snatched from her hand and escaped. However, an alarm was raised and other RBL security personnel ran to her assistance. They pursued the man to Carmichael Street, where he drew a cutlass and attacked the guards in pursuit. As such, one of the guards shot him in the leg. The stolen phone was retrieved and the bandit was handed over to the Police.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated for the wound and placed in Police custody.The female security guard was also treated and sent away. The Police are investigating.last_img read more

Group sues feds over pot claims

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – Armed with a new study that showed that smoking marijuana eased pain in some HIV patients, medical-marijuana advocates launched their latest attempt to decriminalize the drug by suing the federal government Wednesday over its claim that pot has no medical value. The lawsuit filed in federal court by Americans for Safe Access accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of engaging in “arbitrary and unlawful behavior” that prevents “sick and dying persons from seeking to obtain medicine that could provide them needed, and often lifesaving relief.” The Oakland-based advocacy group wants a judge to force the department and the Food and Drug Administration to stop giving out information that casts doubt on the efficacy of marijuana in treating various illnesses. The lawsuit differs from previous legal efforts to decriminalize marijuana because it seeks to get a federal agency simply to acknowledge that pot can help reduce the symptoms of some conditions. The change would make it easier for states to develop their own medical-marijuana policies, said Joe Elford, chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access. In the past, supporters of medical marijuana have focused on getting the government to stop classifying marijuana as an illegal drug. California is one of 11 states in which marijuana use is legal for people with a doctor’s recommendation.last_img read more

Arsenal reportedly beat Manchester United to French teen sensation

first_img Arsene Wenger Arsenal have reportedly completed their first summer signing after teen star Yassin Fortune agreed a three-year deal with the club.The 16-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in French football and Manchester United had also been linked with a move.But, according to France Football news outlet, Arsenal have beaten Louis van Gaal’s side to the signing of the Lens man.Lens had been eager to keep hold of the striker, who has represented France at Under-16 level.However, he is now set to continue his development at Arsenal with reports stating he has agreed a three-year deal with Arsenal.Lens will be due compensation for the transfer but as of yet that amount is unknown. 1last_img read more

Rooney rejected Man United twice, says Sir Alex Ferguson

first_img Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson 1 Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he twice tried and failed to sign Wayne Rooney before finally enticing him to Old Trafford in 2004.Rooney needs two more goals to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old record and become England’s all-time record goalscorer.But Ferguson recalled how he took some convincing to make the move to United.Ferguson said he first spotted Rooney’s potential as a 14-year-old during an academy game but the staunch Everton fan was not interested in a move.Rooney rejected similar overtures two years later before United finally landed him for a fee of around £28million two years later.In an interview with ITV, Ferguson said: “(United youth coach) Jim Ryan came back from one of our academy games at the 14 years level and he said ‘I’ve seen a player’ and we said the boy is Wayne Rooney.“We tried to get him because there’s a window at the end of the season where we can entice or approach a boy from another club to come and join your academy, but it failed.“The boy wanted to stay at Everton – at that time he had a love of the club and he’s an Everton fan.“When he got to 16 we tried again. We approached him to join as a 16-year-old, but once again he refused. Then I think everyone saw the highlights when he scored that goal against Arsenal.“It confirmed exactly what Jim Ryan had said. This boy was going to be a United player.”last_img read more

Slimming World: Low-fat recipe for a hearty pot roast

first_imgSlow-cookers are perfect for cooking in the cooler months – stews, soups, broths, curries, casseroles, chilli and pot roasts all make delicious melt-in-your-mouth meals. Imagine coming home to the smell of a delicious slow-cooked casserole, knowing all you have to do is plate up.They’re also a busy cook’s best friend – just pop everything in together, switch on and your tasty, tender meal’s ready when you are!We’ve given you a slow cooker Slimming World friendly meal to get you started and you’ll find more on our Facebook page along with details of your local groups.  Beef Steak Pot RoastIngredients>4 x 250g thick lean beef steaks, all visible fat removed>200g baby new potatoes>200g baby carrots>1 garlic bulb, cloves separated and peeled>1 tbsp black peppercorns>2 tbsp white wine vinegar>200ml boiling beef stock>2 tbsp dried dill>Salt>Fresh chopped dill, to garnish  Method1. Place the steaks, vegetables, garlic cloves, peppercorns, vinegar, stock and dill into the slow cooker and stir well.2. Add salt to taste, cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or until the meat is tender.3. Serve sprinkled with chopped dillSlimming World: Low-fat recipe for a hearty pot roast was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:beef steak pot roastslimming world recipeweight losslast_img read more

TERMON OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K RESULTS

first_imgThere was a big turnout today for the Termon Operation Transformation 5k.Over 100 runners and over 200 walkers took part.It was a great day for the event and everybody enjoyed taking part in this inaugural event. A large crowd hung around for the prize giving In the Craoibhín afterwards. To see how you did click on the link below:Termon Operation Transformation ResultsTERMON OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K RESULTS was last modified: March 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TERMON OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K RESULTSlast_img read more

The Kite Patch: fighting malaria

first_imgA mosquito repellent patch, made using non-toxic substances, is being developed to curb diseases such as malaria. Developed by Olfactor Laboratories in the US, the company hopes to release its innovation in the first quarter of 2017.A patch has been created that will help beat malaria by repelling mosquitoes. (Image: Indiegogo)Brand South Africa reporterA sticker patch could be the next step in malaria prevention in Africa. It is being developed in California by Olfactor Laboratories. People wearing the patch became invisible to mosquitoes, said the company, and could be guarded against bites for up to 48 hours.Called the Kite Patch, it uses safe chemicals that stop mosquitoes from detecting the carbon dioxide humans breathe out, which the insects use to track people.“Our goal is to be ready to ship Kite Patch in Q1 2017,” reads the campaign page on the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.“When you wear Kite, the product makes you practically invisible to mosquitoes,” said chief researcher Dr Michelle Brown in a video. “And we’ve been able to accomplish this using food-grade FDA approved compounds, removing the need to use toxic and dangerous chemicals that are currently found in today’s products.”Watch the video:Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on VimeoBrown said science was integral to fighting malaria, but there was no silver bullet. “However, we are confident that our work to make humans invisible to mosquitoes will be transformational in the broader war against mosquito-borne diseases.”Funding and field studyThe project was co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and money was raised using the crowdfunding methods on Indiegogo.Innovative @KitePatch blocks a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. Interesting approach in fight against #malaria: http://t.co/mNMXSgrnTy— Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 26, 2013The team travelled to Uganda as part of their field survey.“We researched and tested various technologies, brought in experts and worked with development partners to make Kite Patch a possibility,” reads the Indigogo site. “Some approaches proved unscalable, some underperformed and all required a long regulatory approval processes.”However, researchers have said that at this stage, the patch is not yet as effective as other Kite mosquito repellents. “As we continue to develop it, we seek to make it a complementary product to Kite Shield [mosquito repellent spray].”Source: Biz NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

The Top 10 Mobile Applications of 2012

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Research firm Gartner has just put out a list of the top ten mobile applications of the future. Well, not the distant future, but the far off year of 2012. Nothing on the list is all that surprising or, in many cases, even all that new. Instead, the list includes the sorts of technologies that are just now coming into their own and haven’t yet seen widespread adoption as well as the already common technologies that are still experiencing growth. For many of the categories on this list, there are a number of mobile apps that are already available today. But what Gartner makes clear is that we’re just getting started when it comes to their use. For example, location-based services (LBS) – there still isn’t one single app which everyone uses to find their friends out in the real world via their mobile phones. Instead, we have a number of similar but competing applications all vying to be the Facebook of location-based apps. Another example is money payments – this type of service is having more of an impact in the developing world right now where access to banks is more difficult than here in the Western world where people just want the convenience of paying through their mobiles. When was the last time you paid someone or paid at checkout through your mobile phone? Never? That sounds about right. The ListThe full list is as follows:Money Transfer: This refers to people sending money via SMS messages. Like mobile payments, this service has more appeal in developing markets for now. However, there may come a time when even using your debit card seems passé, while paying for something with actual cash seems downright ancient. Location-Based Services: As mentioned above, there are still far too many services to choose from when it comes to location-based social networking, fragmenting the market. Your friends on Loopt are often different than those on Brightkite and that list is different than those on Foursquare. But LBS extends to more than social networks – it includes any application that taps into your phone’s GPS capabilities to offer up location-based services of any kind, whether that’s local business reviews or directions to the nearest Starbucks. Gartner says this will be one of the most disruptive technologies in the future, with a user base growing from 96 million in 2009 to 526 million in 2012.Mobile Search: No, mobile search isn’t new, but on the mobile platform, it may get shaken up a bit. Gartner predicts that consumers won’t necessarily be sticking with the search services they know and use on the Web (think Google, Bing, Yahoo) and instead experiment with using a few different search providers that have “unique technologies” for mobile search. While that statement is a little vague, it sounds like good news for services like Taptu who have entered this field with search offerings designed from the ground-up for mobile devices.Mobile Browsing: Saying that mobile browsing technologies will be heavily used in the future sounds a little bit like stating the obvious. But as Gartner notes, mobile browsing capabilities currently exist only on 60%+ of handsets today. By 2013, that number will climb to 80%, meaning that those who are still using the app-less,more basic feature phones will still be joining the mobile web in mass numbers over the coming years. That’s also good news for web developers who can build mobile web applications to cater to this bunch as opposed to focusing all their efforts into building apps for the numerous mobile platforms like the iPhone, Android, RIM, and others. Mobile Health Monitoring: Another technology whose impact will be felt more heavily in developing markets, mobile health monitoring is still at an early stage of maturity and implementation says Gartner. Project rollouts have been limited to pilot projects for now, but in the coming years the industry will begin to monetize these efforts by offering mobile healthcare monitoring products, services, and solutions to various care delivery organizations. Mobile Payments: Like mobile transfers, mobile payments are more common in developing markets at the moment, but that is quickly changing. Yet even as this type of service grows, Gartner admits there will be challenges. Mobile payments will be a “highly fragmented market” where there will not be “standard practices of deployment,” notes the report. That makes it sound like this is one technology that will still need some work, even when 2012 rolls around. Near Field Communications (NFC): More popular in some European and Asian markets than in the U.S., NFC still isn’t a standard feature on many of today’s phones. That may be about to change, too. In late 2010, Gartner says that NFC-enabled phones will begin to ship in volume, with Asia leading deployments, followed by Europe and North America. Mobile Advertising: Also not new but growing fast, mobile advertising is one of the most important ways to monetize mobile content. Total spending on mobile advertising in 2008 was $530.2 million and it will grow to $7.5 billion in 2012. And mobile advertising will also be used by companies alongside their other campaigns including TV, radio, print, and outdoors. Mobile Instant Messaging: Gartner says that latent user demand and market conditions are conductive to mobile IM’s future adoption. It will appeal to developing markets where mobile phones are often the only connectivity device a user owns. But will it be a major app by 2012? It seems that SMS is still the service to beat, especially in the developing world. We’ll have to wait and see on this one. Mobile Music: Sure, you have the iPhone, but what about your other options? What about mobile music services – especially those for non-iPhone devices? We’re still waiting on Spotify in the U.S., for example, and their competition too. Gartner says that we’re beginning to see new innovative models in this area that will include both device (think “Comes with Music”) and service bundles. What’s Missing?A glaring omission from this report is that of Augmented Reality. Gartner had even placed this technology on their “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2009” report earlier this year. Do they not think that AR will have a major impact by 2012? Considering that’s only a little over a year away, it could just be too soon for AR to see the widespread adoption that we hoped it would have by then. Or it’s possible that – as some have suspected – AR is simply a “cool” way to see and interact with the world around you, but hasn’t produced any “must-have,” highly useful applications just yet. For example, seeing AR views of local businesses and user recommendations is fun, but is it a markedly better experience than using a service like Yelp? For many, that answer today is “no.” AR needs to grow out of being a technology you use “because you can” to one you use “because you have to.” Until it’s the best option to perform a particular task, it may not make Gartner’s next list, either.   Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#mobile#Trends#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Big Compacts

first_imgAfter struggling for years to gain a foothold in India, General Motors Corp. is tasting some success lately.In the past six months, the U.S. automaker sold nearly 2 1/2 times the number of cars it sold in India in the same period last year, even as overall demand for new cars was hit by a sharp rise in interest rates.The numbers underscore GM’s growing success in one of the world’s fastest growing car markets, even though its sales in India – totaling about 21,000 vehicles in the April-September period – fall far short of the 293,000 units that market leader Maruti Suzuki sold during the same span.GM’s market share in India has grown to 3.6 percent, topping American rival Ford Motor Co. for the first time. The gains came on the back of two new models the company introduced earlier this year – the low-cost Chevrolet Spark, which is proving popular among women, and the Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, a premium hatchback.“Finally, we are getting our products right, our prices right. And we have become more customer-friendly,” said P. Balendran, vice president at General Motors India Ltd. “We have never had a performance like this since GM came to India in 1996.”The company has expanded its dealer network, set up more service centers, and is offering longer warranties, he said.It slashed Spark’s price by $1,250 ahead of Diwali, a festival that many Indians consider auspicious for buying assets. The base version will now cost $7,000.New models do not always help a company ramp up sales. This time around, GM has been able to position its models at the right places and has priced them better than competitors, said V.G. Ramakrishnan, director of automotive services at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.The Spark, a rounded mini-car with a roomy interior, makes a compelling buy for first-time buyers wanting to upgrade from a motorcycle or people looking to own a second car, he said.“It has got good looks, somewhat cute and appeals to young people, especially women,” Ramakrishnan said.Cars were long considered a luxury in India until it abandoned its socialist-style economy and opened its market to foreign automakers in the early 1990s. Almost all major car manufacturers have since set up factories here, but Japanese and Korean brands are most visible on the Indian roads that are dominated by small cars. Companies like GM and Ford failed to penetrate because they largely focused on the midsize sedan segment, which meant they operated a much smaller dealer network catering to a smaller group of generally wealthier customers.But now GM seems to be learning from its past experience and is focusing on smaller, less expensive cars.Monthly sales of Spark have averaged about 2,000 units since it was introduced in late April. That is a robust number considering sales from all of GM’s models here averaged about 1,500 units a month in the same period last year.The potential demand for new cars is huge in India, where half of the population is below the age of 25, and the market here is important for GM as it strives to break into new markets as its U.S. business struggles.The latest upturn in GM’s sales comes even as India’s auto market appears to be going through a mild slump. Analysts attribute that to a sharp rise in lending rates following monetary tightening by the country’s central bank. Currently, car finance rates are about 4 percentage points higher than last year.Data released by the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers showed growth in car sales between April and September slowed to 13 percent from 23 percent in the same period a year ago.Maruti Suzuki Ltd. – majority owned by Japanese automaker Suzuki Motors Corp. – managed to push sales up by 18 percent with big discounts and new models.But at Hyundai Motor Ltd., the second-largest car maker in India, sales were nearly flat, while Tata Motors Ltd. – the third-biggest – saw its sales drop 2 percent from a year earlier. Ford and Honda Motor Co., the other major players in the Indian market, also registered lower sales. While GM’s Spark was an instant hit, the Aveo U-VA has taken longer to draw customers away from Maruti Suzuki’s Swift and Hyundai’s Getz, the most popular models in the premium hatchback segment.GM aims to increase its share in the Indian market to 10 percent by 2010, and Balendran said the success of Spark and Aveo U-VA “demonstrates we are on course to meet that target.”GM has already expanded capacity at its plant in western India from 60,000 units to 85,000 units a year and is setting up another factory in same region that will make 140,000 cars annually. The second factory is expected to start production by end of next year, Balendran said.Analysts said they expect the current momentum in GM’s sales to continue through this fiscal year ending March 2008, but sustaining it further would require the company to bring more models.Unlike this year, when there were only a couple of new models besides that of GM’s, there will be a rush of new cars going into next year.Hyundai is already aiming to bring a new compact by December, and Czech company Skoda Auto is expected to introduce the Fabia next year. Volkswagen plans to roll out a small car here by 2009. Ford and Toyota Motor Corp. have said they are also exploring compacts for the Indian market.Homegrown Tata Motors said it would introduce a series of new models starting next year, in collaboration with Italian partner Fiat. Tata also plans to start producing an ultracheap mini car that would cost about $2,500.“The real test for GM will come when all these new models flood the market,” Ramakrishnan said. GM Doubles Indian ResearchersGeneral Motors Corp., the world’s biggest-selling automaker, plans to hire 1,100 more researchers for its technical center in India, as it seeks to boost its global operations with low-cost, skilled manpower. The move will increase to 2,000 the number of researchers at GM’s technical center in Bangalore over the next three years, according to Karl Slym, president and managing director of GM’s local subsidiary.“India and the Asia Pacific region plays a very strong part role in the future of GM,” Slym said.Detroit-based GM so far has invested $60 million in the center, which was created in 2003 to carry out engineering and research and development work. GM also has plans to build its first engine and transmission factory in India to supply local and overseas markets.Faced with a drop in market share at home and stiff competition from Toyota Motor Corp. and other auto makers, GM is hiring more workers in lower-cost India.The company also wants to take advantage of India’s rising incomes to increase its local market share, which currently stands well below 10 percent. GM hopes to sell more than 60,000 cars in India this year, up from about 35,000 in 2006, Slym said.GM India imports engines from South Korea and Australia, and the new engine factory will help GM compete with Suzuki Motor Corp., which controls more than half of India’s car market.Car sales in India could triple to 3 million units by 2015, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.GM is also considering importing luxury vehicles such as the Cadillac and Hummer for sale in India, and will introduce the Captiva sport-utility vehicle in India in January, he said.– Santanu Choudhury  Related Itemslast_img read more