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Substance abuse increasing among youths – NANA

first_imgThe National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) conducted a National Drug Prevalence Survey among secondary school students in Guyana, which concluded that 40 per cent of teenagers are unaware of the risks associated with drug use.One of the drug awareness sessions hosted by NANA in Sophia in collaboration with Social Life Issues, Guyana Police Force – Narcotics Branch and the Education Ministry – Health Promotions UnitAlthough the survey was conducted six years ago, NANA said in a statement to the media on Monday that substance abuse in on the increase, especially with the sale of ecstasy in schools across the various administrative regions.“In addition to the use of ecstasy, it was discovered that the use of alcohol among young children is a very prevalent occurrence despite laws governing the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years old,” NANA explained.To curb this situation, the agency said it has been collaborating with key stakeholders to spread awareness to the youths about the impact that substance abuse and early initiation into substance use can have on their bodies and lives.According to NANA, since its establishment and launching in 2017, the agency has been advancing initiatives set forth in the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 which outlines the need for drug prevention programmes targeting youths in schools and communities.NANA has also been collaborating with the Guyana Police Force – Narcotics Branch, Customs Anti-Narcotics Agency (CANU), the Ministry of Education’s Health Promotions Unit and NGO partners such as Social Life Issues to engage young people at various youth camps across Georgetown, including the Sophia community.In addition, the agency said it has also taken its message of a “drug-free and healthy lifestyle” to young people of the Malteenoes and Demerara Cricket Clubs.The narcotics agency noted that it is cognisant of the fact that a key factor in reducing the demand for drugs within the society is to target young people and to equip them with the tools and skills needed.As such, the agency said it is keen on focusing on the promotion of sports and other extra-curricular activities to positively engage our youths and to promote healthy communities.A recent survey conducted in various parts of the country by the Public Health Ministry had discovered that new substances are being abused by youths at a rapid pace.Project Director at the Drug Demand Reduction Services arm of the Ministry, Sylvia Cort told the media last month that from an exercise in Essequibo Coast, lots of reports were forwarded that more young people are misusing substances, while at the same time pointing out that there are some new substances that are on the market.In fact, she said there are reports of persons even “sniffing” gasoline. “We know they are misusing prescription drugs…they are misusing solvents; some young people are even sniffing gasoline. So there is an upsurge. There is also an upsurge in them using ecstasy and there is a new one on the market, Malay I think is one.”This new drug, she noted, is a “night club” substance which is generally added to drinks. Cort said it disturbs a person’s thought process, meaning that a drugged person will be unconscious of their actions.last_img read more

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Imus doesn’t see real Rutgers

first_imgThe daily ESPN Sportsnation poll, which does not claim to be scientific, asked whether the punishment Imus received was too harsh, just right or too severe. More than 54 percent of the nearly 40,000respondents said the punishment was either “too severe” or “about right.” Only 39.4 percent of respondents thought Imus should be fired, while 69.3 percent said they wouldn’t think less of a sports figure who subsequently appears on Imus’ show. And in case you’re wondering, only 12.6 percent claimed to be regular Imus listeners. So essentially, calling a group of 18- and 19-year-old women “nappy-haired hos” on the morning after they played for a national title isn’t grounds for firing. Maybe Campanis should have waited 20 years to pop off, because it seems like we’re a whole lot more forgiving these days. A lot of people are going to hold up the FirstAmendment in defense of Imus. That’s essentially the defense he employed Monday in an appearance on Rev. Al Shaprton’s radio show. OK, so speech is free, but the consequences of what you say can cost a lot. Other people are excusing him by lumping him in with gangsta rappers like 50 Cent or Snoop Dogg, who regularly refer to women as much worse than what Imus called the Rutgers women’s basketball team. One word: context. That’s not to excuse 50 Cent and Snoop. But it’s a whole lot different to call a nameless, faceless woman a “bitch” or a “ho” than to call a group of young women, who just reached the pinnacle or their sport, a digusting racial slur in the name of comedy. “What hurts the most about this situation is that Mr. Imus knows not one of us personally,” said Rutgers player Heather Zurich, who is one of only two white players on the team. “He doesn’t know that Matee (Ajavon) is the funniest person you will ever meet, Kia (Vaughn) is the big sister you never had but always wanted, and Pipf (Epiphanny Prince) would make an unbelievable lawyer one day.” He doesn’t know that Stringer, the third-winningest women’s basketball coach of all time, went before the school board as a teenager so she could become the first black cheerleader at her high school. He doesn’t know that Stringer played Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on a classical piano during captain Essence Carson official’s recruiting trip to show respect for Carson’s musical talents. Or that Carson plays four different instruments. He doesn’t know that point guard Ajavon came to America from Liberia when she was six. Or that she’s majoring in African-American studies so she can one day help change things in her war-torn nation. He doesn’t know that last November, Rutgers canceled a big game against Arizona State, rather than force a forfeit, after Sun Devils forward Aubree Johnson’s brother, Jordan, was found dead in his hotel room from an enlarged heart. “Let me bring a human face to all of this, ladies and gentlemen, people of the nation,” Stringer said Tuesday. “I want you to see 10 young women who accomplished so much that we as a coaching staff, as a university, are so proud of. These women seated before you are valedictorians of their class, future doctors, musical prodigies and, yes, even GirlScouts.” It’s hard to imagine what these 10 women will say to Imus when they meet next week. Here’s guessing that they teach him a thing or two. It’s sad though, because we’d all like to believe we learned these lessons 20 years ago. ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Don Imus has shown a continuous pattern of making racist and sexist statements on his show and then apologizing for them later,” said Donna Lopiano, the CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “The comments of Mr. Imus were intolerable and despicable. He should be removed from the airwaves.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. In fact, it’s looking more like Imus will walk away as a redeemed sinner. He got the Rutgers women’s basketball team to agree to a meeting Tuesday at an undisclosed location so he can ask for their forgiveness. The team stopped short of promising the notorious shock-jock its forgiveness, but judging from the articulate, intelligent face they presented at their press conference Tuesday, you have to believe that coach C. Vivian Stringer and her Scarlet Knights are way too classy not to forgive him, whether he deserves it or not. It remains to be seen if the American public will. Twenty years is a long time. Right? We’d sure like to believe so. But all of a sudden, it doesn’t seem like that long ago since Al Campanis made his racist remarks about blacks on `Nightline’. Almost 20 years to the day after Campanis’ infamous remarks – blacks “may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager, or, perhaps, a general manager” – to Ted Koppel, broadcaster Don Imus went and called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” in the name of comedy. Campanis was gone two days after his comments. But Imus seems to have learned a thing or two about damage control from his numerous disgusting scrapes with the culture police over the years, and it looks like he’ll get off with a week-long public flogging by going on the mea culpa circuit and a two-week suspension from hosting his nationally syndicated radio show beginning April 16, despite numerous calls for his resignation. last_img
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DONEGAL STUDENT CHEF IS COOKING WITH THE BIG BOYS!

first_imgFailte Ireland’s Sinead Hennessy pictured with Ciarán ó hAnnracháin from Letterkenny IT and Mark Moriarty, EuroToques/Fáilte Ireland Young Chef of the Year 2013 and top young chef in the world after his win in Milan’s San Pellegrino Young Chef competition 2015 in Ard Bia. Photo : Reg GordonChef in training at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Adrian McCarthy, was selected by Fáilte Ireland to attend Food on the Edge – a two day symposium for chefs & food enthusiasts – which takes place this week in Galway City.Adrian is currently studying Culinary Arts and is one of eight students selected from the Institute of Technologies around the country to attend Food on the Edge and hear how some of Ireland’s top chefs view the ‘Future of Food’.The lucky students also got to take part in an intimate workshop with Mark Moriarty, San Pelligrino’s World’s Best Young Chef 2015 in Ard Bia Restaurant, Galway.Organised by Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and Galway native, JP McMahon, The Food on the Edge symposium aims to challenge our perspective on food and our connection to it. Attendees will hear from approximately 40 speakers on the topic ‘Future of Food’ at the event, each of them chosen for their innovation, passion and influence on today’s food culture. As part of the initiative, and on the fringe of the event, Fáilte Ireland organised an intimate workshop with Mark Moriarty, one of the up and coming culinary figures of the Irish food sector. During the workshop Mark shared his culinary story, discussed his future plans and offered advice to the group of trainee chefs.Mark Moriarty – San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Chef 2015 commented:“I was delighted to work with Fáilte Ireland on this workshop and meet with some of the future chefs of Ireland. As a young chef myself, I was be able to offer some advice on how to maximise the opportunities each college course presents. Perhaps some may realise their own ability to achieve on a national and international level and become part of the next generation, pushing the boundaries of Irish food”Food is integral to the overall tourism experience. A significant proportion of a visitors time on holiday will be spent experiencing food in some way – either consuming it in local dining or hospitality establishments, visiting specialist shops and markets or having a hand on learning experience in a cookery school. As a consequence the experience the visitors have of food will play a pivotal part in determining their satisfaction with their overall holiday. Of total spend by visitors; approximately 35% is spent on food and drink which equates to close to €2bn per annum. John Mulcahy, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Food Tourism and Skills Development commented:“Ireland is having a food movement, the current levels of activity relating to food, and the interest around local and traditional food practices and traditions, shows that there is much happening and much to be proud of. It is imperative that Irelands new wave of inspired chefs are included as part of this important movement.“We are delighted to provide Ireland’s next generation of chefs and food innovators the chance to listen, talk and engage with key influencers from around the world. Indeed, Mark Moriarty as San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Young Chef 2015 is a prime example of the heights that can be achieved as young chef in Ireland. Never before has there been a more exciting time to become a culinary professional – and the routes to training are widely available.”DONEGAL STUDENT CHEF IS COOKING WITH THE BIG BOYS! was last modified: October 20th, 2015 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:chefdonegalLYITlast_img read more

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WARM UP FOR THE NORTH WEST 10K WITH GAELSCOIL 5K THIS EVENING

first_imgA huge crowd is expected to run, jog and walk the Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin 5km at Glencar Letterkenny this evening, Thursday, at 7:30pm.This 5km is a tremendous opportunity for all those athletes, fun runners, joggers and walkers to test themselves on this new course. It is also a great warm up for the North West’s forthcoming flagship event of the year, the North West 10km.Registration is from 6:15 pm at Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin in Glencar, cost €8 runners, €5 walkers, €2 children, who must be accompanied by an adult. So come along and make it a family occasion.For more information see Facebook 5kgaelscoiladh and www.gaelscoiladhamhnain.com WARM UP FOR THE NORTH WEST 10K WITH GAELSCOIL 5K THIS EVENING was last modified: April 11th, 2013 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:WARM UP FOR THE NORTH WEST 10K WITH GAELSCOIL 5K THIS THURSDAYlast_img read more

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DO YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL AND BACK FOR THE DONEGAL HOSPICE?

first_imgFancy going to ‘Hell and Back’? Well early-bird registration for event which is in aid of The Donegal Hospice is €47 until March 18th and goes up to €53 thereafter so BOOK now!Hell and Back takes place in Sligo on the 16th of May.It’s a 12km course billed as “Irelands toughest mental and physical endurance challenge”. Participants will encounter muddy pits, electric fences, 10 foot walls, river crossings as well as many other fun and challenging obstacles.People can expect to get very wet and dirty! It sounds scary but it’s all in the name of a good cause.Last year we raised €6,060 for the Donegal Hospice and this year we hope to do even better.Specsavers will be sponsoring a free return bus from Letterkenny and refreshments for all those taking part. Anybody who thinks they are tough enough to undertake this challenge can contact Liam or Lorraine on 0877666392 or email donegaldevils@hotmail.DO YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL AND BACK FOR THE DONEGAL HOSPICE? was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegal hospiceHell and BacknewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AFTER FOUR STABBED OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA man has been charged in connection with Sunday morning’s vicious attack in which four people were stabbed outside a Letterkenny nightclub.John Boyle of Leck Cottages, Oldtown, Letterkenny appeared at Mullingar District Court this morning.The 46 year old was charged with four different counts of assault causing harm. He was also charged with the illegal possession of a knife. The attack happened outside the Voodoo Nightclub on Lower Main Street after 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning.As a result of the attack, a Garda Sergeant and three nightclub doormen were stabbed and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital.The owners of the nightclub, Jason and Sharon Black, have condemned the attack on their employees and on the Garda Sergeant who was named locally as Aidan Doherty from Buncrana.The accused was released to appear at Letterkenny District Court on September 15th next.The court was also told there may be other charges arising out of the incident.The tree nightclub doormen have since been released from hospital but the Garda Sgt is still receiving treatment.EndsLETTERKENNY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AFTER FOUR STABBED OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: August 15th, 2011 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:courtJohn BoyleSTABBEDVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

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Bob’s mission garden opens today

first_imgA few years before her husband died in 2003, Dolores Hope asked him where he wanted to be buried. “Surprise me,” legendary comedian Bob Hope said. It’s a pretty good bet she did. No, it’s not under a sand trap at his beloved Lakeside Golf Course near his Toluca Lake home, or a USO stage in some part of the world. “Dad loved the San Fernando Valley and the outdoors, and this was as much of a golf-course kind of setting as we could find.” The family acquired burial rights for the garden, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Hope, who traveled the world for six decades entertaining and bringing some much-needed laughter to war-weary GIs, is interred in one of two Spanish limestone memorial tablets with the simple inscription: Leslie Townes Hope, “Bob,” 1903-2003. It abuts a resting place for Dolores, even though her mother always envisioned herself in a different setting, Linda said. “Mom always said she wanted to be buried between St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, two of her favorite places,” she joked. Also buried in the memorial garden are Tony Hope, Hope’s son, who died of a pulmonary aneurysm last year, and Dolores’ mother, Teresa Kelly DeFina. “And there are some empty apartments waiting for the rest of us,” said Linda, who has her father’s sense of humor. If anyone thinks Dolores just wrote a check for Bob’s final resting place, they’re wrong, says Monsignor Francis Weber, who has been at the mission for 24 years. “She was here every week, spending hours in the baking sun, personally overseeing the garden’s progress to make sure everything was just right.” He told a story of how Dolores sat for an hour recently staring at a bronze statue of Our Lady of Hope at the entrance of the garden. “She said it didn’t look level to her, but all the workers swore it was perfectly centered. Dolores got out one of those leveling rods, and found it was one-sixteenth of an inch off. “Pretty good eyes for a 96-year-old woman,” Weber said. When Bob Hope died on July 27, 2003, United States flags were lowered to half-staff all across this country, and the lights on Broadway were dimmed. He could have been buried anywhere in the world. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was holding a spot for him, and so was the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. But Dolores Hope chose Bob’s back yard in the Valley. Does she think her father would have been surprised, Linda was asked. “No, my dad spent most of his life here. He loved the San Fernando Valley.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: San Fernando Mission, 15151 San Fernando Road, Mission Hills, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. The Hope family has arranged for veterans to visit the Bob Hope Memorial Garden for free. For information, see www.bobhope.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It’s a memorial garden near a chapel on the grounds of the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills. Not an overly religious man, Hope still covered his bets when it came to faith, his friends say. “He never turned down a benefit for any religion,” said his longtime publicist, Ward Grant. “Bob always said, ‘With my act, you don’t take any chances.”‘ Since his death at age 100, Hope has been interred in a mausoleum at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, next door to the mission, while Dolores designed the garden and architectural and landscape professionals completed it. “Dad’s been in a holding pattern for a couple of years, and now he’s finally home,” said his daughter, Linda, walking through the Bob Hope Memorial Garden, which opens to the public today. last_img read more

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Petrol price to drop

first_img3 January 2012 The price of petrol is set to drop by between five and six cents a litre at midnight on Tuesday.The price of the 93 grade petrol is decreasing by six cents.One litre of 95 unleaded will cost five cents less.Diesel would also be dropped by 20 cents per litre.Peter Noke of the South Africa Fuel Retailers Association said it was a great way to start the New Year.“We have a reduction in petrol of between 5 and 6 cents and on diesel between 20 and 21 cents a litre,” Noke said.Sapalast_img

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How to DNF a DNF

first_imgShare with your Friends:More At that point, the team found itself on the cusp of failure.A triple DNF hung across their shoulders—two for the caches, one for the mountain itself. They had no back-up plan, for the hike up to Camp Muir had consumer their very beings. It was the only ascent they’d considered, the only slope they’d trained for. The team was inconsolable.Inspiration hit them like a bison charging down a mountain. What do geocachers do when they DNF? They break into song of course.Explorers, sleuths, adventurers,finders, keepers, hey!We the brave, the geocachers,three dozen finds per day!The song, which was sung to the tune of “Ronda Alla Turca”, rallied the team immensely. They realized what they had to do to cancel out their DNF: find some more geocaches! Unsurprisingly, the surrounding cliffs, valleys, trails, rivers, and lakes were dotted with geocaches of every type. In little time, the team was hiking merrily along a thin, winding trail rimmed with wildflowers. The prospect of two more caches at the end of the trail lifted their spirits immensely.The team thought about all the reasons they loved geocaching, and added one more to the pile: A DNF isn’t synonymous with failure. Lots of things can get in the way of a find. Weather turns south. Batteries die. The dog eats all the snacks. Does that mean the adventure is over? Nope!Three tips to DNF a DNF1) Bring a friend. Someone with Pollyanna-style enthusiasm will do nicely.2) Look around. Are there other caches nearby? Go find ’em.3) Plan for a return trip. A DNF isn’t a permanent status.4) Try singing the song mentioned above. Try singing anything to the tune of Ronda Alla Turca. It will cheer you up, we promise. SharePrint RelatedIt’s the Same Old Story: Romancing the GeocacherFebruary 13, 2015In “Community”Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”Motorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”center_img Sometimes, expectations don’t match reality. Sometimes, geocachers are absolutely fine with that.The team of intrepid Geocaching HQ’ers who left Seattle on Friday, June 27th were expecting their weekend culminate in a hike halfway up Mount Rainier. At 10,080 feet in elevation, the Camp Muir hike wasn’t one to scoff at. For five hours, the team would slog straight up rock, ice, and snow. Virtual caches GCA69 and GC1192 would be waiting for them at the top (hopefully holding a sign, flowers, and hand warmers). Logging these, one very old T5 and another very old T4.5, would be the ultimate payoff.Alas, despite fervent pleas and several bouts of sun-dancing, the team of geocachers was not able to ward off the mantle of clouds that hung over the mountain. When the big day came, Mt. Rainier was to reveal itself for only a few seconds before vanishing shyly again.last_img read more

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ReadWrite Survey: Consumers Like Windows 8 & Surface, But Prefer Windows 7

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces markhachman One of the more interesting results in our mini-survey. The majority of respondents are either not sure or don’t plan to buy a tablet. But for those that do, the poll is breaking toward the Surface with Windows 8, not Windows RT. And this poll was taken on Thursday, the day of the announcement. While Thursday night’s lines indicate a strong response for the Surface RT, a number of you are likely holding out for the full-fledged Windows 8 version.It’s also bad news for other OEMs that plan to release a Windows tablet. Personally, I would have expected most respondents would buy a third-party notebook or tablet, but maybe the Surface is just the product to beat at the moment. Certainly, from a volume perspective, it has the most reviews. A survey of 2,000 Internet users say they’re impressed with Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet – but they still like Windows 7 even more.In fact, according to a poll conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys for ReadWrite, users even prefer Windows XP over Windows 8. With that said, more users indicate that they’ll upgrade to Windows 8 than not, and the numbers of those saying they would buy new Windows 8 hardware outweighed those that said they were not likely to do.Not Scientific – But Useful Data PointsToluna doesn’t claim that the results are scientific, and the findings shouldn’t be considered a guarantee of the projected outcomes. Still, the survey represents one of the few early data points that indicate the success of Microsoft’s latest offerings into the consumer market.RW asked six questions following the launch of Windows 8, trying to determine how, or if, consumers planned to shop for Windows 8 tablets and software over the short term. We also asked if consumers found the Windows 8 “Metro” interface confusing.Unfortunately, we don’t know how many of those respondents have actually used Windows 8, although the number would probably be insignificant. Therefore, the survey is probably most telling from the perspective of the pre-release information Microsoft has released on Windows 8 and Surface, via its blogs as well as the press, plus its billion-dollar marketing blitz.(If you’re having problems viewing the graphics, try hitting CTRL+-, or CRTL-“dash” to shrink the font and make the images bigger.) Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Clearly, those who own a Windows PC plan to upgrade it to Windows 8. Note that, at least according to the poll, the majority of users run Windows.  One trend that you’ll see consistently throughout the poll, however, is that there are still a great number of undecided consumers, meaning that both Apple, Microsoft, and other vendors have a chance to attract these customers. Again, good news for Microsoft and for PC makers in general. Again, it’s hard to know how many purchases this will translate into, but the radical new touchscreen PCs and tablets are tempting consumers to open their wallets.center_img Tags:#Microsoft#Surface#Survey#windows 7#Windows 8#windows rt This was one of the controversial questions. Is Windows 8’s interface confusing? Users who downloaded and used the preview version undoubtedly became more familiar with it, jumping back and forth between the live tiles and the more traditional desktop. Here, the results seem to indicate that more users than not find it confusing, although Toluna garbled the response format.However, the numbers are still there, just not organized into a bar graph. Conclusion is that substantially more people than not consider the Metro interface confusing. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What’s surprising here isn’t that Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the preferred operating systems, it’s that there’s such a preference for Windows XP, now over 11 years old. And while an expressed preference for Windows 7 over Windows 8 isn’t that surprising, that Windows XP would top Windows 7 is.MethodologyAgain, this study shouldn’t be considered scientific. Here’s the methodology:  The survey was conducted online within the United States on October 25, 2012 among 2000 adults aged 18 and over, selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna QuickSurveys.  Figures for age, sex, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated, the company said.Survey respondents were about equally divided between the 18-34, 35-54, and 55+ age groups. Over 50 percent of the survey responders had had at least some university background. More women (63 percent) than men answered the poll, compared to 50.8 percent of the U.S. population who are female.One more time: we didn’t set out to scientifically determine how Windows 8 or the Surface would fare. But until we have the first sales numbers back in a few weeks or months, this is one of the data points we have to go on. And so far, it looks like Windows 8 is on the road to success. The success of the individual Surface versions, however, could be a more interesting story. A nice win for Windows, but look which direction the data is skewing. Towards Windows RT? No, clearly not. Instead, Windows 8 appears to be dominating sentiment, pulling purchasing sentiment away from the iPad and Android tablets, of those who indicated that they plan to purchase.  So many more, however, don’t plan to upgrade or buy a new tablet. Based on the market, that means that they don’t plan to buy a tablet. Another interpretation is that they already own an iPad and are happy with it. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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