Armed bandits storm Uitvlugt pharmacy

first_img…escape with over $1M Two armed bandits stormed the pharmacy operated by 55-year-old Tularam Tiwari at his Uitvlugt Front, West Coast Demerara residence on Friday at about 19:45h, and carted off more than $1 million.Guyana Times understands that Tiwari was alone in the pharmacy when the bandits entered. One of the “identifiable” men had a firearm, which he pointed at the pharmacist, demanding that he open the grill door that leads to the back of the counter.Tiwari complied with this request, and upon gaining access behind the counter, the second suspect also drew a gun from his waist and pointed it at Tiwari.The suspects then demanded that Tiwari hand over all the cash and valuables in his possession, and he again complied. This newspaper was told that a total of $1,065,000 cash was given to the bandits.After collecting the money, the armed men pushed Tiwari into a room located east of the pharmacy, and closed the door.The pharmacist remained in the room for about five minutes before coming out. By that time, however, the bandits had already fled.The matter has since been reported, and an investigation has been launched. As of press time on Saturday, no arrests were made.last_img read more

Video: South African libraries

first_imgLibraries play a vital role in South African communities, enabling people to access a wide range of information and offering services such as children’s story-telling, classroom support and community event venues. But how many of us make use of these services? Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 30 March 2009.last_img

GIPSA rule delayed again

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was recently announced that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim final rule an additional six months to Oct. 19, 2017.This was viewed as a positive step in the right direction according to many livestock groups.“This is another step toward common sense and away from counterproductive government intrusion in the free market,” said Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president. “That said, while a delay is welcome, ultimately this rule should be killed and American cattle producers should be free to market our beef without the threat of government-sanctioned frivolous lawsuits.”Two proposed rules and one interim final rule came out on Dec. 20, 2016, one month before the end of the Obama Administration. The interim final rule regarding the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act and the proposed rule regarding undue preference and unjust treatment have a direct negative impact on the cattle industry.Current systems that allow producers to market their cattle as they see fit reward them for producing the higher-quality beef that consumers demand. Under the interim final rule, USDA or a producer no longer needs to prove true economic harm. Instead, one only needs to say that he or she was treated “unfairly” to file a damaging lawsuit that could discourage cattlemen from continuing to invest in improving the quality of beef being produced.“Trial lawyers are salivating at the prospect of this rule becoming the law of the land,” Uden said. “If this rule isn’t killed once and for all, cattle producers will lose nearly all incentive to invest in the production of higher-quality beef. That would mean less revenue for producers and lower quality for consumers. That’s a lose-lose proposition and exactly why the rule needs to not only be delayed — it needs to be killed outright.”The delay will allow for more time to comment on the issue, which is a positive thing, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.“It is clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to the Agriculture Department’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules does not work across the board for all livestock sectors. The announced delay in the rules’ effective date until October will give farmers and ranchers additional time to comment on this important issue,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “We support preserving the contract and marketing arrangements that are working for the beef and pork sectors, and we will reinforce that point during the comment period. There is still vast room for improvement, however, in efforts to ensure a level playing field for poultry farmers. We will continue to emphasize the need to seek additional safeguards in the poultry sector to better protect individual farmers from discriminatory treatment, without disrupting the business practices that are working in the beef and pork sectors.”last_img read more

Facebook Earnings Results Show Progress On Mobile

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos See also Facebook earnings summary and earnings slides (pdf). In fact, the now company claims 189 million mobile-only monthly active users, up from just 83 million a year ago and 157 million in the last quarter of 2012The first quarter also saw the debut of the Facebook Home launcher. So far, though, Facebook Home has fewer than a million downloads and only a 2 (out of 5) rating. Sales of the HTC First smartphone, which has Home embedded, have been rumored to be minimal. On the earnings call, Zuckerberg described both Home and the company’s new Graph Search as “long-term investments.” Facebook did not break out mobile usage by geography or platform (e.g. iPhone vs. Android), nor did it  separate user data by age or other demographics. Sanderberg, however, did say that the company’s mobile ad business was doing particularly well in Asia. Do Kids Still Like Facebook?Overall, Facebook brought in $1.46 billion for the quarter, generally in line with Wall Street expectations – and a 38% increase year-over-year. Revenue from advertising hit $1.25 billion, a 43% increase year-over-year. Advertising accounted for 85% of Facebook’s total quarterly revenues, with payments and fees delivering the remainder.Revenue aside, many of the rumors circulating around Facebook concerned worries that the world’s largest social network was beginning to lose members, particularly young users in the U.S. and other developed countries, and that existing users were becoming less engaged. On the conference call, CFO David Ebersman was asked if “kids still like Facebook.” He responded by stating that “Facebook is awesome for everyone, regardless of age. And, yes, kids still like Facebook.” Ebersman also claimed that, “Younger users are more active and engaged than other users… as for competitors, this is not a zero sum game.”While Facebook did not fully address these questions, overall the Facebook user numbers looked relatively healthy:665 million “daily active users” on average for March 2013 – a slight increase over Q4 2012’s 618 million, and a 26% increase year-over-yearMonthly active users were 1.11 billion as of March 31, 2013 – a 23% increase year-over-year and up slightly from 1.056 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012.Instagram had 100 million monthly active users during the quarter brian s hall Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg likes to say that Facebook is now a “mobile first, mobile best” company – and the company’s earnings report for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 actually backs him up, in both usage rates and revenue:Mobile ad revenue for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 was $375 million, accounted for 30% of the company’s total ad revenues. That is up from 23% in the last quarter of 2012.COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed that Facebook ads helped drive “25 million” app downloads. (Essentially, developers pay to promote their app inside a user’s Newsfeed. Click on the ad and go straight to Google Play or Apple’s App Store.) Zuckerberg added that, “I think it’s clear now that we can create a lot of value for [developers] by providing identity. We’re starting to see real revenue from mobile app installs.” The company said 40% of top-grossing iOS and Android apps were promoted on Facebook.Facebook boasted 751 million mobile “monthly active users” – a 54% increase over the same quarter last year and 71 million more than it registered in the fourth quarter of 2012. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more