first_imgA man stole two buses and caused massive damage to a village green has escaped a jail sentence.Anthony Cavanagh leaving court in Carndonagh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Anthony Cavanagh, now 23, and another accomplice stole the buses and drove them to Malin Town in Inishowen. Locals in the town, which had won Ireland’s Tidy Town’s competition in 1970 and 1991, had carried out extensive works trying to regain their crown in 2012.But days before the judging Cavanagh, now 23, and another man caused massive destruction to the area which forced the postponement of the judging.Cavanagh, of Glack, Carndonagh, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with the unauthorised taking of the two buses and also causing criminal damage on June 13th, 2012.The damage to the Lough Swilly buses amounted to €9,113.27 and the company has since gone out of business.Inspector David Murphy said that at 7.15am on the date, Gardai called to the Glebe, Carndonagh where two buses – a 95DL and a 94DL – had been abandoned.Garda enquiries established one bus had been parked the night before in Carndonagh and the other in Moville.Malin GreenIt also emerged that the two buses had earlier been driven on to Malin Green, causing extensive damage.Cavanagh was arrested on June 14th and told Gardai under interview that he and another person started the engine on the 94 bus and he had driven it with the other person driving behind in his car.The joyriders headed towards Moville and then they got there, saw another bus parked up on the Greencastle road, which they also started.Cavanagh and the other man then drove the buses towards Culdaff and on to Malin.Inspector Murphy said the men had planned to leave the buses on the green but drove around the green area a number of times and then travelled to Carndonagh.The court heard the damage to the green caused great local anger given Malin’s pride in its tidy towns status.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said Cavanagh and another gentleman got involved in the incident as a “prank of the highest order.”He said one of the men took responsibility for the damage at Malin Green and had paid compensation. He added the duo didn’t intend to “damage or keep the buses.”Cavanagh told the court the debacle “wasn’t planned” and “was a bad joke that got out of hand.”He also added that he did not mean to do any harm to the village green.Passing sentence, Judge Paul Kelly labeled the incident as “an absolute disgrace” and noted the company had now gone out of business.He sentenced Cavanagh to 80 hours community service for the unauthorised of the first bus, another 80 hours for the second bus and a further 40 hours for the criminal damage caused to the town’s green.MAN WHO STOLE TWO BUSES AND WRECKED VILLAGE GREEN ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Anthony CavanaghCarndonaghdonegalInishowen busesLough SwillyMalin Townlast_img read more

Can Music Save MySpace?

first_imgYesterday, amid all the news of Twitter’s arrival into both Microsoft’s Bing and the Google search engine, another major announcement was being made. MySpace is giving up on trying to be a major social network. According to MySpace CEO, Owen Van Natta, Facebook is no longer their competition. “We’re focused on a different space,” he says. That “different space,” as it turns out, is music…and it really isn’t all that different, especially considering MySpace’s roots. If anything, this major overhaul of the social network is an attempt to return the site to becoming the popular entertainment hub it once was. MySpace: Remember When it Was “A Place for Music?” When MySpace hit the scene back in 2003, local bands – especially indie rock bands – were among the first to create profiles on the social network. Their presence immediately began to attract a young, hip crowd of users who were interested in following pop culture, and, in particular, the up-and-coming artists they discovered while browsing through the network. Only eight months after its launch, MySpace began to experience exponential growth, as its users created profiles and friended others who would then, in turn, invite more users to join the social network. Thanks to the “network effect,” MySpace soon became the place to be online. Everyone was there. But at the same time that MySpace was having its heyday, another social networking site was being created. Although still in its infancy in 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg began writing the code for what would eventually become Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. Over recent months, we’ve seen the mass exodus from MySpace to the more popular – and more populated – Facebook. Studies have shown that those left actively engaging on MySpace now tend to be younger, lower-income users. Researcher Danah Boyd pointed out, somewhat controversially, that the differences between the two networks, MySpace and Facebook, went further than age and income – they involved your “social class,” too. Tired of being compared to Facebook in this way and certainly tired of hemorrhaging its users, MySpace CEO Van Natta has plans to turn the sinking ship around. After taking over the company six months ago, he’s been busy arranging new partnerships for the one-time king of social networks. These partnerships aim to bring the focus back to music, and less on socializing. New Music Initiatives: iLike, Videos, Artist DashboardsOne of the most notable new initiatives involves MySpace’s iLike integration. After being acquired by MySpace in August, many wondered why iLike wasn’t becoming a part of the MySpace network. Actually it was, but Van Natta didn’t want to disclose that information at the time.But now, the iLike acquisition is beginning to make sense. Through iLike music video widgets, now popular installations on other social networks like Facebook and Orkut, the videos – and, most importantly, their ads – can be streamed on other sites while the revenue generated returns to MySpace. Even though many of the users watching these videos now may be lost forever to MySpace, they’re helping the company regain its footing through their streams.MySpace’s entire music video vault, one of the most popular features on the social network, has also been integrated with iLike. In August, comScore reported 45 million people watched 340 million videos during the course of the month. It only makes sense for MySpace to capitalize on that activity, which is why the company has now launched MySpace Music Videos, an online video archive where users can not only watch videos from their favorite artists, but with a click, purchase the song or ringtone from Amazon or iTunes. Meanwhile, pre-roll, post-roll, and overlay ads help to monetize the content. In addition, to cater to the musicians, bands, and labels who make MySpace their home, the network has also launched “Artist Dashboards.” These online analytical tools track the fans’ demographics by age and location, the total number of plays per song, profile views and more. Every artist with a MySpace profile is given free access to these tools. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it Enough?The question that remains, of course, is whether or not MySpace’s re-branding efforts will be enough to keep the site from going under. Although MySpace still had a healthy 64 million users in August of this year, that number is 12 million fewer than it did at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Facebook climbed to 300 million worldwide that same month. Can MySpace entice people to come back to the network through its new music-based initiatives? It’s too soon to tell at the moment whether the strategy will work or not, but it’s definitely the network’s best shot. By capitalizing on what remains the most popular activity on MySpace to date (music and video), the company hopes to become more of a niche site for socializing around music instead of a site for just socializing. The newly launched features are just a part of the company’s overall efforts in this direction, too. Still to come are concert ticket and merchandise sales, although no details or launch dates have been given for those features as of yet. While these efforts may not ever allow MySpace to reclaim its status as the number one social network – that ship seems to have sailed – they could definitely help the network maintain profitability. And at the end of the day, that’s all that’s really needed. It’s not about how many users you have, it’s about how much money you can make off of those that you do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#music#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

iPhone & Android App Design: Developers Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Designing a mobile app can seem simple when you are sketching it out on the whiteboard. But when you actually sit down in your developer environment and get cracking, turning your ideas into reality is not always so easy.That’s only the beginning, of course. What if you need to design your app for both the iPhone and Android? You will very quickly learn that you cannot just cut and paste your design from one platform to the other. Android and iOS frameworks share some basic principles, but when it comes to design, they are as different as ebony and ivory. For instance, the notification bars in iOS and Android may look similar, but they perform different functions on each platform. And did you know that the action bar interface icon for iPhone is 20×20 pixels, while Android’s is 24×24 density-independent pixels? Do you know the difference between a pixel and a density-independent pixel?Here’s a quick reminder, from StackOverflow: Density-independent Pixels – an abstract unit based on the physical density of the screen. These units are relative to a 160dpi screen, so one dp is one pixel on a 160dpi screen. The ratio of dp-to-pixel changes with the screen density, but not necessarily in direct proportion. Note: The compiler accepts both “dip” and “dp,” though “dp” is more consistent with “sp.”Sometimes you just need an easy chart to remember these kinds of things. Mobile cloud-service provider Kinvey created a quick infographic going over the basics of iOS and Android design for easy reference when you are pulling out your hair trying to port your iPhone icons over to an Android app (or vice versa). Check it out below. What are your biggest app design problems? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#Android#App Design#app development#iOS What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arroyo and Leviste were part of the team that won the same silver medal in the 2011 Games but wasn’t able to repeat the feat in the 2013 and 2015 outings.Malaysia won the gold while Thailand settled for bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE PHOTO – Toni Leviste, aboard Loribri, competes in the Longines Global Champions Tour event in Florida. Above left, Toni receives a prize for her lofty finish.The Philippines took a spot in the podium of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the show jumping team event in equestrian Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Antoinette Leviste and Joker Arroyo teamed up with Chiara Sophia Amor and Colin John Syquia for the second-best finish in the event.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more