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Guyana pleased with UN efforts to resolve border controversy – Granger

first_imgFrom left: Sir Shridath Ramphal, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, President David Granger and Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Rudolph Michael Ten-PowPresident David Granger said that he is satisfied with the efforts of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in trying to resolve the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.He said that while the Government had hoped that the process of ending the 50-year-long controversy would have been further advanced, it is not due to lack of effort by the Secretary-General’s Office, but rather the slothful pace at which the Venezuelan Government is moving.The President made these remarks on Monday at a press briefing held on the margins of the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, currently underway in New York. He was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow and Sir Shridath Ramphal, a former Commonwealth Secretary-General who has been assisting with legal and other issues relating to the controversy.“I am satisfied with what the Secretary-General has done; I am not satisfied that the Bolivarian Republic has acted in good faith. It is clear that much more needs to be done by Venezuela if this matter is to be resolved… In my experience over the last 50 years I have not seen a Secretary-General so engaged in this matter, he has done everything possible over the last year since first meeting in Bridgetown. I am convinced of his sincerity in trying to bring this matter to closure,” the President declared.He explained that since the signing of the Geneva Agreement in February 1966, Guyana has abided by all of its provisions. This agreement has given the Secretary-General specific responsibilities in the absence of Guyana and Venezuela reaching a mutually accepted position.The Head of State further outlined that the Secretary-General is required to choose a course for the peaceful resolution of the controversy. At this point however, all other courses of action have been exhausted, including the Good Officer’s process, which is why Guyana has recommended that the Secretary-General refer the matter for juridical settlement, which is the only remaining option.“We waited for 50 years and Guyana’s approach now is to ask the Secretary-General to take the matter forward for a juridical settlement so that we don’t have to wait for 50 more years for a settlement… I am very hopeful that this Secretary-General, given his engagement over the last year or more, is going to do something which is going to lead to a favourable outcome,” he said.Similar sentiments were expressed by Minister Greenidge who affirmed that Guyana is not prepared to accept anything other than a move to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to bring a permanent resolution to this matter.He recognised however, that though a clear pronunciation on the course of action to be taken may not come out of this meeting, Guyana fully acknowledges the work of the Secretary-General’s Office in working with both parties to take steps to resolve the matter.Additionally, Minister Greenidge disclosed that Guyana will join other Caricom territories to hold talks with countries like the United States and Japan on issues such as regional security and corresponding banking.last_img read more

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US$200,000 IBIS ‘Post-Ebola Program’Launched in 4 Counties

first_imgThe project is also aimed at propping-up the country’s post-recovery efforts, specifically in the governance and education sectors.Known as the Ebola Response Programme, the project will be executed in partnership with the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Partners for Democratic Development  (NAYMOTE), the Coalition for Transparency and  Accountability in Education (COTAE) and the Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI). An international Danish charity organization, IBIS, has launched a six-month Ebola Response Project in four counties to support the eradication of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Liberia. Estimated at a cost of  US$200,000, the project will be implemented in Montserrado, Sinoe, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties.center_img Th deputy governance programme director for IBIS-Liberia, Morris W. Gbessagee, said the project was launched in early December particularly to assist the education sector response through support to the joint country-wide assessment of the preconditions for the reopening of schools, facilitation of civil society inputs into the national and county plans for school reopening, the resumption of quality education, and support to the development of national and county school health action plans to allow for a safe return of students and teachers  to school.According to Mr. Gbessagee,  the project would also support Ebola community awareness and outreach in the counties.Mr. Gbessagee further said IBIS and its partners intend to ensure that citizens and civil society are better able to support the containment of the virus and participate actively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of a quality evidence-based national emergency and recovery response.“I travel around the country and I see all the distribution of buckets and hygiene materials and that is fine. But we also have to remember that there will be a post-Ebola period of rebuilding and getting back on track with the development of the country,” Mr. Gbessagee said.“Children will come back to school and the situation will be different from what it was before. Should we install sanitation facilities in all the schools? How will hygiene and the fear of infection be managed? What if a child gets sick? At IBIS, we are working to help ensure that these processes, such as the eventual reopening of schools, become free of trouble and stress.”Since 2005, IBIS has worked in Liberia supporting and implementing projects in the education and governance sectors in those four counties. But in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, IBIS refocused its efforts to contribute to the national Ebola response and  under it a new program was launched to tackle challenges in the education and governance sectors caused by the outbreak.“Although largely considered a public health crisis, the Ebola outbreak has also severely strained government systems and processes, testing the trust between citizens and the government,” Mr. Gbessagee noted. “Basic services, including education for over a million children and youth, came to a standstill. With the new Ebola Response Project, IBIS and its partners will help ensure that communities and civil society are able to identify needs and solutions, both in terms of the health response and the longer-term recovery process.According to Mr. Gbessagee,  concrete and urgent action plans are developed and rolled out for the safe resumption of education services.”The IBIS-Liberia country director is Ms. Anne Catherine Bajard and the global vision for IBIS is: “Working for a just world in which all people have equal access to education, influence and resources.”  Together with partners, IBIS combats global inequality and poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BC Liquor Stores begin dry grad fundraisers

first_imgThis is the first day of another “Support Dry Grad” fundraising campaign by the Provincial Liquor Distribution Branch.- Advertisement -It’s now in its 10th year, and has raised over $2.8 million dollars towards alcohol-free graduation events.This year 54 school districts, including District-60 are participating in the month long campaign.With donations of a dollar or more, LDB store customers can support high school dry grad celebrations, and last year the province-wide donation total was over $594,000. By Dwight Fordlast_img read more

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Bandits rob eatery workers, customers

first_imgLANCASTER – Masked men used a handgun Monday night in a takeover robbery at a Lancaster fast-food restaurant, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday. Witnesses told investigators four to six men, ages 18 to 22, robbed the store, employees and patrons, deputies said. The incident occurred at a Wendy’s on 10th Street West and Avenue I. No injuries were reported, deputies said. “We’re shocked and upset …,” store owner Rob Montgomery said. “We’re just thankful nobody was hurt.” (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Manager Art Jimenez said employees seemed to have settled down by the time he arrived at the store about an hour after what he said was a harrowing experience. “They were relaxed, some of them were even joking …,” Jiminez said. Jiminez said there were five employees and two patrons at the store, which was preparing to close in less than a half-hour. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 948-8466. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com last_img read more

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PUNDIT JOE BROLLY IN SCATHING ATTACK ON JIM McGUINNESS

first_imgJoe BrollyGAA pundit Joe Brolly has launched a scathing attack on Jim McGuinness in the ongoing row over comments the Derry man made last week about RTE commentator Marty Morrissey.Last week the former Donegal manager and now Sky Sports pundit McGuinness used his Irish Times column to slam some of the commentary on RTE’s The Sunday Game.Brolly has used his column in today’s Sunday Independent to hit back. “It is unsurprising that in his column in The Irish Times last week, Jim McGuinness chose to mount an attack on what I see as RTE’s free speech ethos. As we saw when he managed Donegal, Jim’s guiding principle is control,” writes Brolly in his piece.“He dominated nearly every aspect of his players’ lives. When he met the squad for the first time in 2011, each man was presented with a typed behavioural contract, drafted by a solicitor. The agreement was described as ‘legally binding’ and contained penalty clauses. It was the beginning of a dictatorial masterclass. Players’ mobile phones were confiscated after team talks on the morning of big games. An atmosphere of paranoia surrounded the squad.”Brolly goes on: “Jim’s use of the word ‘respect’ in his column struck me. When Kevin Cassidy, a great servant of Donegal football, gave some innocuous inside information to respected journalist Declan Bogue, he was promptly dropped. At his press conference after the 2012 All-Ireland final, Jim humiliated Bogue. When Jim entered the room and saw him there, he sat wordlessly, fiddling with his watch. After a long silence, he stood up and walked out, leaving the 40 or so GAA journalists bemused. Soon after, a Croke Park official approached Bogue and told him apologetically that McGuinness would not come back in until he left the room. Bogue did and, shame to say it, his press colleagues stayed on. Easier to be controlled than to speak your mind.”Brolly describes McGuinness as an ‘extraordinary human being’ but insisted he ‘ought not to be above scrutiny. On RTE, he wasn’t.” Brolly says he was wrong to make disparaging comments about Morrissey.The full column is here:http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/joe-brolly-my-own-mother-text-me-youre-not-exactly-george-clooney-yourself-31266683.html PUNDIT JOE BROLLY IN SCATHING ATTACK ON JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: May 31st, 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:Jim McGuinnessJOE BROLLYlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES U-14 FOOTBALLERS IN O’DONNELL PARK FUNDRAISER

first_imgDonegal U14 girls county panelDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers will be out and about at O’Donnell Park on Sunday – fundraising for a trip to the All-Ireland blitz.Forty-four girls from 23 clubs across Donegal will be travelling to Mullingar on the weekend of May 15 and 16 to take part in the tournament.And the girls will be hoping the Donegal public gets behind them when Rory Gallagher’s men take on Monaghan at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny tomorrow in the Allianz National League Division One clash. The girls were pictured earlier today after a training session hosted by CLG Ghaoth Dobhair.The county coaches want to thank Sharkey Waste & Recycling of Annagry for sponsoring new jerseys and the Sandhouse Hotel Rossnowlagh for sponsorship of new track suits.And they also want to thank CLG Ghaoth Dobhair for hosting the girls for their training session today.The girls will be collecting on all roads leading to O’Donnell Park on Sunday from noon. Please give generously.  DONEGAL LADIES U-14 FOOTBALLERS IN O’DONNELL PARK FUNDRAISER was last modified: March 7th, 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:Countydonegaldonegal girlsfund raisingfundraierMonaghanO’Donnell ParkU14’slast_img read more

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Video: Prospect linked with Chelsea and Man Utd scores five in Brazil rout

first_imgAtletico Paranaense forward Mosquito, linked with a move to Chelsea, has been on the radar of several European clubs since scoring five goals for Brazil’s Under-16 side in a 6-1 demolition of Bolivia in 2011. Manchester United are rivalling the Blues for the signing of the 17-year-old, the Daily Mirror say.More recently, he netted a hat-trick against Slovakia in an Under-17 international.See also:Man Utd rivalling Chelsea for the signing of Brazilian prospect – reportYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Paley’s Watch Found in Bacteria

first_imgA clock with cogs, gears and ratchets that keeps accurate time – what more could William Paley wish for?  The 18th century natural theologian used the illustration of stumbling upon a watch in a heath as an example of reasoning from design to a Designer – as from watch to watchmaker.  Skeptics like David Hume challenged such reasoning of the natural theologians as a mere argument from analogy: living things are very different from mechanical machines, he argued.  One can only wonder how their debate would unfold with the discovery of a ticking watch inside one of the simplest forms of life.    Scientists have long wondered how living things keep time.  We are all aware of our own natural cycles throughout the day.  Organisms without eyes and ears, though, like bacteria, also keep time with diurnal cycles.  How do they do it?  The secret has only been coming to light in the last few years (see 05/17/2005)  Johnson, Egli and Stewart wrote a review article in Science this week that describes what is currently known about the circadian clock present in cyanobacteria.1  They could not help but use mechanical terms for this biological machinery.  It began right in their opening paragraph:An endogenous circadian system in cyanobacteria exerts pervasive control over cellular processes, including global gene expression.  Indeed, the entire chromosome undergoes daily cycles of topological changes and compaction.  The biochemical machinery underlying a circadian oscillator can be reconstituted in vitro with just three cyanobacterial proteins, KaiA, KaiB, and KaiC.  These proteins interact to promote conformational changes and phosphorylation events that determine the phase of the in vitro oscillation.  The high-resolution structures of these proteins suggest a ratcheting mechanism by which the KaiABC oscillator ticks unidirectionally.  This posttranslational oscillator may interact with transcriptional and translational feedback loops to generate the emergent circadian behavior in vivo.  The conjunction of structural, biophysical, and biochemical approaches to this system reveals molecular mechanisms of biological timekeeping.“Conformational change” is jargon for bending, springing, unfolding and other kinds of motion that take place as the proteins operate.  Proteins are therefore the “moving parts” of the clock.    Later, they spoke of “cogs and gears” in the “clockwork mechanism” evident in the Kai-ABC proteins.  Each protein, in turn, is made up of multiple parts, composed of hundreds of amino acids.  KaiC, for instance, is a barrel mechanism with two donut-shaped rings, each made of six toothed parts that make it look like a gear wheel.  The clock runs on ATP energy pellets.  It accumulates hydrogen bonds through phosphorylation events that force it to “tick” like a ratchet in one direction.  It keeps an accurate 24-hour cycle, releasing its energy for the next round in conjunction with feedback loops from the nucleus and cytoplasm.  These, in turn, affect what genes are expressed by the transcribers in the nucleus and translators in the ribosomes.   In his description of the clock posted last April on Reasons to Believe, Dr. Fazale Rana described how the KaiA and KaiB parts interact with KaiC like a rotor and wing nut.  He made the same connection to Paley.  Describing this as a “biochemical watch on a heath,” he showed how it refutes David Hume’s criticism of natural theology.  The discovery of molecular machines like the circadian clock have revitalized the watchmaker argument for the existence of God, he said.    The Science article pointed out that several questions remain.  How is the clock robust against temperature fluctuations?  Does the eukaryotic clock, which employs very different molecular systems, operate on similar design principles?  They referred to evolution twice, but only in a very indistinct, indirect way:The benefit of a clockwork that is imperturbable even when buffeted by the massive intracellular changes of cell division could have provided an evolutionary driving force for convergent circadian clock mechanisms among diverse organisms.    We now recognize KaiABC as a dynamically oscillating nanomachine that has evolved to precess unidirectionally and robustly. These sentences, however, merely assume that evolution produced the machines in the first place.  Since the clocks are present in some of the simplest forms of life, it would seem a grand challenge to believe that a blind, directionless process stumbled upon all this interacting, mechanical system by chance.  Incidentally, they pointed out that each cell has 10,000 KaiC proteins.  If it is difficult to imagine getting one clock by chance, imagine getting 10,000 that tick together. “The challenges ahead,” they ended, “are to delve deeper into the molecular nature of its temperature compensation … and to discover if the clocks in our own cells have attributes that are similar to those of bacteria.”1.  Johnson, Egli and Stewart, “Structural Insights into a Circadian Oscillator,” Science, 31 October 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5902, pp. 697-701, DOI: 10.1126/science.1150451.Oh, for the sight of David Hume and Charles Darwin being confronted with a ticking clock inside a “simple” cell.  We can get an idea of their reaction, though, by looking at the fact that the three authors of this review, after having described an intricate mechanism of oscillators, ratchets and feedback loops, attributed it all to evolution.  The many biochemists aware of these and other exquisite molecular machines follow suit.  In spite of overpowering evidence for design, their minds are made up: they will follow Charlie to the bitter end and die with him rather than acknowledge design.    The Apostle Paul said in Romans 1 that the evidence for God and His attributes is clearly seen in creation, so that men are without excuse.  Each generation has evidence of sufficient clarity for its knowledge base.  For the Romans and Egyptians, the diurnal cycles of the sun, moon and stars have been more than sufficient to remove their excuses for unbelief and mistaken belief.  For today’s scientists, the diurnal cycles of nanoscopic protein clocks throughout life is more than sufficient.  The true challenge ahead is not just to delve deeper into the molecular nature of the design we already see, but to hold it up for display and preach the implications, so that it takes effect in the human mind – as Paul said, “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (II Corinthians 10:5; cf. 01/17/2007).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The bad news, planting progress; the good news, the wheat crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report was a good news, bad news situation. Andy Lang is a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager for Wood, Hancock and Hardin Counties and he said that planting progress is still lagging and many farmers are switching acres to soybeans. On the other hand, growers in his area are all smiles as they drive by their wheat fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

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5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Garage48 Helsinki, the largest hackathon in the Nordics, took place last week. It gathered 120 hackers from Finland, Estonia and Latvia under the same roof and challenged them to go from zero to demo in 48 hours. Sixteen startups were created during the weekend. Together with Osma Ahvelampi (CTO, Sulake) and Teemu Kurppa (co-founder, Jaiku), I was a mentor to those teams. At Garage48, the goal is to produce a small startup, rather than just a really nice hack like you would at a traditional hackathon. There is a requisite for each team to have at least one developer (frontend or backend), a designer and a marketing person. At the end of the event, we had a demo day where the teams showcased what they built. From what I saw, many teams ran into the same problems, which caused them to miss their objectives. Here are some tips to get around those blocks and shine during demo day.Aim LowStartups are all about delivering a simple product to a niche that needs it. Garage48 is nothing different, but there’s only so much you can do in 48 hours. Aim low. Focus on technology you know. Some teams have problems compiling the tools they needed, so don’t plan too many features. It’s OK if it’s unfinished, as long as you can communicate its concept. This doesn’t mean you should take the easy route and make a me-too idea. Build what’s needed for a good demo. Nobody cares if your payment processing really works, you just need to show that you’ve built something meaningful. One example was Montroller. The concept was simple: motion based remote control of a robot using your mobile. They built their prototype on the first night, so they had enough time to port to more mobile platforms, prepare a nice video and make their Lego robot look better.Don’t Ignore Project ManagementMost teams seem to ignore basic project management, apparently because they feel it is overkill. Instead, they prefer jumping into code and iterating. But without a list of deliverables, it is difficult to plan what will be built in 48 hours. You won’t have any time to pivot, so you need to make sure that your whole team understands and agrees on what needs to be built. Set a clear, detailed objective. People often forget the need to sleep (at least eight hours in two days), eat and prepare for the demo. Another problem is that without planning, designers or marketers won’t have anything to do in the beginning. Also, make sure your team is a balanced team. Somebody needs to make a pretty website, GUI and write a blurb about your project. If you spend one hour planning ahead, your entire team can start working. Even then, you’ll probably end up with some team members having more free time than the others, so why not put them into action? For example, Blow’Em was on its way to have a working game demo, but it was going to be a simple proof of concept. The designers and marketers had nothing to do, so they started working on a promo video, more characters and funny names, which made their whole demo more catchy.Everyone in the Same RoomMost of the problems that teams run into seem to be related to bad communication. In some cases, coders will go into another room than the designers and the team leader. In practice, this means that whenever you run into a wall, no one can help you. It can be frustrating to explain to an art student why you can’t do 3D previews easily, but it’s better than producing all the assets in an unusable format. Make sure everyone knows what is being worked on, and why. One problem with piecing a team of random people together is that you’re bound to have bad people in there. It’s important to identify them. Some people make snarky comments, shoot down ideas, or don’t listen; many teams waste time because of this. After all, you’re there to have fun, so it’s important you don’t offend one member of your team. While you can’t fire these people, you need somebody who can make the decisions and deliver results rather than to debate.Go With “Good Enough”A lot of people found it difficult to produce something just “good enough.” It’s difficult to pull the plug on a design or code instead of continuing to polishing it because you know it’s not as good as it could be. Doing this can slow down the progress of the entire team.This can be especially problematic in group decisions. Many teams did not know where and how to look for domain names efficiently and thus spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a good name for their site. Focus on getting things done. If something unexpected happens, don’t just try to fix it for hours, talk to your team or the other teams. Maybe someone else solved it before. Drop extra features if you get stuck.It’s All About the DemoLast but not least, make a good demo. After all, it’s the only thing that others will see of your project. Make sure you test it before you ship. Videos are always difficult, because you need to make sure they will load, the sound will be on and the video can be shown in full screen on demo area’s second screen. Mobile demos are tricky, because cameras can’t easily capture what’s on a small screen from far, so you may want to consider using a web version, an iPad or slides.Lead photo (members of LapLab, the winning team) by Ragnar Sass; bottom two photos by gunarsgcenter_img ramine darabiha Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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