8-hour power outages expected this week

first_imgSeveral communities in Georgetown and Berbice are bracing for at least eight hours of power outage during this week as a result of line maintenance and routine inspection to be conducted by the Guyana Power Light (GPL).According to the utility company, the maintenance will be carried out from July 30 (Tuesday) to August 4 (Sunday).The works will commence on Tuesday at A to E Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, Republic Park and New Providence on the East Bank of Demerara from 08:00h to 16:00h.On Wednesday, July 31, these activities will continue at Best Village to La Retraite on the West Coast of Demerara and Canefield to Albion, Berbice, from 08:00h to 16:00h.Thomas Street, New Market Street between Camp and Thomas Streets and environs, Georgetown are scheduled for maintenance on Saturday, August 3, from 08:00h to 16:00h.The last maintenance will conclude on Sunday, August 4, in Holmes Street, Queen Street and environs, Georgetown from 08:00h to 16:00hGPL advises persons residing in these areas to be on the lookout when these activities are conducted. An intermittent power supply can be expected.Just last month, describing the recent challenges which beset the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc) as a combination of unfortunate events, CEO of the company, Albert Gordon reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring that all affected citizens are supplied with reliable electricity as soon as feasible.Recently, there has been damage caused to the submarine cable-link between GPL’s Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop stations. According to the CEO, this will take an estimated three-week period for adequate repairs to be done.The power company has come in for much criticism for the unreliable service. Also, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has the power company for failing to improve its services in accordance with performance targets previously set out. This is according to the PUC’s Annual Report for 2018.The PUC also received some 248 complaints against the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc.The highest complaints against GPL were received from Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Meanwhile, one project that would have assisted the Guyana Power and Light to get adequate electricity supply was the Amaila Falls hydropower project, which the coalition Government continually blocked while controlling the National Assembly by a one-seat Opposition majority.The Norway-funded project, when completed, would have provided 165 megawatts to the national grid, thus providing cheaper and more reliable power to citizens and businesses.last_img read more

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Little has changed since 1992 for L.A.’s impoverished blacks

first_imgFor a week, a survey team and I canvassed several of the areas in South L.A. that were the hardest hit during the riots. We counted more than 50 lots like one I mentioned, and all were littered with glass, garbage and overgrown weeds. They were the symbol of the riot destruction as well as the glaring poverty that still traps many blacks in South L.A. 15 years after the flames. Speaking strictly of the conflict between blacks and whites, America is no longer two nations, black versus white. America is now three nations, black versus white, and black versus black. The National Urban League has issued 15 annual reports since 1992, including one earlier this month. They all tell the same tale. The gaping economic, health and educational disparities have grown even wider between poor blacks and whites, but also between poor blacks and middle-class blacks. Other reports show that since 1975, the number of black professionals, technicians, and managers has more than tripled. The number of black college graduates has doubled. By 2000, more than 15 percent of black households earned more than $50,000 annually. But the top one-fifth of black families earned nearly half of all black income. Black wealth, like white wealth, is now concentrated in fewer hands. In the 1960s, federal entitlement programs, civil-rights legislation, equal-opportunity statutes and affirmative-action programs initiated during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration broke the last barriers of legal segregation. The path to universities and corporations for some blacks was now wide open. More blacks than ever did what their parents only dreamed of: They fled blighted inner-city areas such as South L.A. in droves. In the 15 years since the L.A. riots, their stampede from these areas has accelerated. At the same time, civil-rights organizations and black politicians did a volte-face. They defined the black agenda in increasingly narrow terms: affirmative action, economic parity, professional advancement and busing replaced battling poverty, reducing unemployment, securing quality education, promoting self-help and gaining greater political empowerment as the goals of all African-Americans. This left the one out of four blacks mired below the official poverty level more isolated and at risk. Lacking education, competitive skills and training, they have been further hurtled to the outer fringes of society. A week before the nightmarish orgy of looting and burning in April 1992, I talked with the owner of a midsize grocery mart in South Los Angeles. He had been in business only a few months and was plainly edgy about setting up shop in the area. He had heard all the horror stories about dope dealing, drive-by shootings and gang violence. But he decided it was worth the risk to do business there. I assured him that the overwhelming majority of residents in the area were solid working-class, law-abiding renters and homeowners. He appeared reassured. That was a terrible reassurance on my part. The week after the riots, I drove past the spot where his store had stood. It was a heap of rubble and broken glass. Fifteen years later, I recently stood at the same spot where the store was. The lot is still empty. The only change over the years is that there is now more garbage and broken glass, and the weeds had grown taller. Was this spot an aberration, one store and one lot that time had simply forgotten, while much of South L.A. had been rebuilt and transformed? Hardly. In doing the ritual retrospectives on the L.A. riots, the question is obsessively asked whether it can happen again. Predicting urban upheavals is hardly an exact science. However, many blacks have been able to escape the violence and poverty of South Los Angeles and other urban ghettos and make the American dream their own. But a lot more haven’t escaped the poverty trap. Fifteen years later they are still in those same neighborhoods. A sharp economic tumble, a fresh police atrocity, and soaring gun and gang violence could certainly bring racial hatreds and frustrations boiling to the surface again. The abandoned, riot-ravaged lots in South L.A. are a sad testament that little has changed for the black poor since 1992. The ugly truth is that South Los Angeles continues to stagnate because many banks, firms and even some city officials believe that the area is a terrible wasteland of rot and ruin. They have horrific visions of their businesses going up in smoke or being hopelessly plagued by criminal violence. Another sore point is the neglect of minority-owned small businesses in the area. Economists estimate that small businesses fuel the bulk of the job and income growth in Los Angeles County. Yet in South Los Angeles, banks, through a mix of fear, indifference, and outright racial bias have been loath to unloose the purse strings and provide more loans and technical assistance to small businesses. Fifteen years ago the store owner I talked with dreamed of a successful business in South Los Angeles. His dream went up in flames. That lot remains abandoned 15 years after the flames, but the dream of rebuilding South L.A. and America’s inner cities shouldn’t. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst, and a frequent contributor to the Daily News. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Marriage amendment

first_imgRe “Marriage amendment push is revived” (June 6): So our failure of a president is once again trying to say, “Mission accomplished.” This time he is going after gay marriages – again. But what is a marriage? If you really look at what it is historically, you will see that a marriage is a contract between two people – normally a man and a woman. This contract in the past also has been between two families. Recently, certain people want to believe that it is something that binds a man and a woman together, or a religious experience granted only by God. But the bottom line is: Marriage is a contract. Even in the religious ritual of marriage, it states this. So let everyone who wants to make a contract of living together have that right, and let’s focus on what is really important. – Paul Straughn AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2North Hollywood And why? Constitutional amendment to define marriage: Huh! What? – Art Haendiges Topanga Congressional priority Re “Marriage amendment push is revived” (June 6): I am so glad that our Congress is using time to focus and debate on the very important issue of same-sex marriage. This issue is so important – compared with the war in Iraq, immigration, national security, national debt, taxes, Medicare and Social Security. Our members of Congress are doing their job by protecting us from the evils of same-sex marriage that could destroy our way of life. – Marjorie Snobbier West Hills Pardon my IED Re “Road rage more than rudeness” (June 6): Road rage more than rudeness is called “explosive disorder.” It’s called B.S. Seems no one is responsible for a damn thing anymore, and that’s a big part of what’s wrong in this country. Oops, sorry – it’s my disorder acting up. – Martha Ballardo Montrose Teamster alliance In the Daily News (June 5), a front-page article announced “Dump activists surprised by Teamsters alliance.” A member of the East Valley Coalition wondered if the Teamsters had a contract, would they still be involved in opposing the landfill. If the trash cannot be hauled to Sunshine Canyon or the Bradley Landfill, the trucks would have to haul the trash so many more miles. That results in more truck driver time and probably more truck drivers, meaning more union dues. That is their obvious motive. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Making it tougher This morning, we went to do our civic duty and vote. We arrived at what was listed on our ballots as our assigned polling place – at the green table – but that was the incorrect precinct. We were sent to another polling place, but that also turned out to be the wrong precinct. The people at the second polling place looked up our precinct again and sent us back to the original spot, but to the orange table rather than the green one. How many other people had this sort of mix-up on their ballot and decided not to vote? – Jess Miller Woodland Hills Done with DONE Re “Debate over council elections isn’t DONE” (June 3): My neighborhood council is not experiencing any delays in its elections that are occurring now. That is because we are not certified and therefore are not tied up with Department of Neighborhood Empowerment red tape. So I suggest that rather than wait, neighborhood councils go ahead and hold their elections. DONE may decertify any council that does so, but that is the best thing that can happen. The City Council framed the City Charter provisions for neighborhood councils to keep them under the City Council’s thumb and render them ineffective. The last thing the City Council wants is for the neighborhood councils to have any independence. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (THE NEW SONG FROM FREEWHISKEY!)

first_imgIT might be 270,000 views on YouTube short of Jimmy’s Winning Matches, but we reckon FreeWhiskey’s original song for Donegal GAA footballers 2012 will be closing the gap over the next few days.Thanks to Damien and Christopher Edwards for the recording and Craig Connolly for the superb video.Click to play Advertisement (and if you want to sing along, here’s the lyrics)Many people left the Hills, to work on foreign shores,We long to see their smiling faces coming through the door,But there’s one man who’s not been back in nearly twenty years,When he comes back we’ll have the craic and fill him up with beerChorus:Oh we’ll be comin out of Dublin with the smiles upon our face,Goats Don’t Shave on the radio, we’re headin for God’s place,Singin up through Meath and through Cavan as we pass,Sam is not for Kerry, Pat, you’re talkin through your…It’s rumoured here in Donegal that God lives in the Hills,He’s looking for his sacred cup for Holy wine to fill,Jim McGuinness got the job to seek Him out His need,He’ll carry Sam through Pettigo, as Michael Murphy leadsChorus:Oh we’ll be comin out of Dublin with the smiles upon our face,Goats Don’t Shave on the radio, we’re headin for God’s place,Singin up through Meath and through Cavan as we pass,Sam is not for Kerry, Pat, you’re talking out your… Word will spread to Malin Head, that Jim’s boys shocked them all,So stock the bars, and park the cars, cause Sam’s for DonegalChorus:Oh we’ll be comin out of Dublin with the smiles upon our face,Goats Don’t Shave on the radio, we’re headin for God’s place,Singin up through Meath and through Cavan as we pass,Sam is not for Kerry, Pat, so STICK it up your…COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (THE NEW SONG FROM FREEWHISKEY!) was last modified: September 6th, 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)last_img read more

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Manuel Pellegrini rules out imminent move for ex-Manchester City star

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND targets LATEST moving on RANKED Pellegrini managed Toure when the Chilean was Manchester City boss 1 targets Toure, 35, has been without a club since being released by City at the end of last season and there were multiple reports suggesting he could reunite with his former manager.However, Pellegrini said: “Yaya Toure is a good player, he will always be a good player, but for the moment he is not for West Ham.“For the moment, the squad is complete.” REVEALED West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out a move for Yaya Toure “for the moment”.The Hammers have been linked with the Ivory Coast international, with whom Pellegrini won the Premier League and two League Cups at Manchester City. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father last_img read more

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ARMED GANG HOLD UP POST OFFICE – EXACTLY A YEAR AFTER IT WAS ROBBED

first_imgA gang has held up St Johnston Post Office – exactly a year to the day after it was last robbed.The five man gang, who were armed with a hatchet, a bat and a knife, got away with an undisclosed sum of money.The gang threatened staff and customers before making their getaway. The gang also crashed into a number of cars as they made their getaway around 11am this morning.The gang travelled in the wrong direction before doing a u-turn on the Main Street and driving in the direction of Derry.Nobody was hurt during the raid but staff and customers were left shocked by their ordeal.This day last year another gang, armed with a handgun, took just 18 seconds to rob the post office. Local Fianna Fail county council Paul Canning said things have got so bad that businesses almost have a bag of money ready for would-be robbers.“That is how bad it has got and it’s no laughing matter.“How many post offices, shops and other businesses have to be raided before something is done,” he said.Cllr Canning has been highlighting the amount of criminality in the area and he puts much of it down to the lack of Garda manpower.“You can pick 12 roads from Donegal back into Derry and none of them are manned by Gardai. “It’s easy pickings and they can take their pick of their getaway routs.“I will continue to highlight the lack of Garda manpower and vehicles along the border areas from Carrigans to Muff,” he said.Cllr Canning revealed he now has a meeting with Acting Garda Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan to discuss the rise in crime in the area.ARMED GANG HOLD UP POST OFFICE – EXACTLY A YEAR AFTER IT WAS ROBBED was last modified: July 12th, 2012 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:GardairobbedSt JOhnston Post officelast_img read more

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Red Bluff High volleyball to battle Shasta in D-III final

first_imgRed Bluff >> It’s been nearly a decade since the Red Bluff High girls’ volleyball team has hoisted the Northern Section championship hardware. On Friday, the Spartans will have the opportunity to reclaim the section’s top size when they go up against top-seeded and fellow Eastern Athletic-Sac River League foe Shasta in the division III final. The match, set for about 5 p.m., is one of many section championships at Red Bluff, starting with division VI at 11 a.m. and ending with EA-SRL rivals …last_img read more

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Parliament condemns violence in Vumani, Limpopo

first_imgSelect Committee on Education Condemns Abuse of Learners’ Rights to Education in LimpopoThe Select Committee on Education and Recreation in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is not happy about what is happening in Vuwani in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, as young people there are being denied their right to access basic education.Committee Chairperson Ms Lungelwa Zwane said the protesters have the right to protest, but they must respect the learner’s constitutional right to access quality education.“Destruction of community assets like schools is condemned with the contempt it deserves as the Department of Basic Education has already invested substantial capital to build and upgrade these schools. Such actions are certainly not part of taking South Africa forward but are a direct reversal of our democratic gains and are counter-revolutionary. We hope the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will speedily resolve the impasse so that the situation can return back to normality,” said Ms Zwane.For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:Rajaa Azzakani (Ms)Parliamentary Communication ServicesTel: 021 403 8437Cell: 081 703 9542E-mail: razzakani@parliament.gov.zalast_img read more

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New Fendt IDEAL combine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Fendt IDEAL combine is the first “clean-sheet” design of an axial combine in the industry in 30 years. It sets a new standard for harvesting automation, blending Fendt’s tradition of engineering innovation with the most advanced operating technology, to deliver what producers around the world told AGCO they want in a combine — in-field efficiency, unfailing uptime, totally simple operation and better grain quality.“We know harvest is a critical time, experienced operators can be hard to find and every bushel from every acre counts,” said Caleb Schleder, tactical marketing manager for combines. “The Fendt IDEAL is a game changer because it is highly automated, but easy to operate. We created this combine to bring our customers peace of mind that they can go to the field, run steadily all day long and get the crop harvested with great efficiency and minimal downtime.“We’re backing that up with best-in-class customer support through the Fendt Gold Star Customer Care Plan,” Schleder said.After seven years of vigorous testing in the most extreme conditions in a variety of crops, the Fendt IDEAL combine joins the proven and popular Gleaner transverse rotary combine and the Massey Ferguson 9500 Series axial combine in AGCO’s harvesting portfolio. The Fendt IDEAL will be available in Class 7, 8 and 9, to match the harvest capacity needed by any operation. Headers featured for small grains and canola include the 9255 DynaFlex draper head available in 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-foot models and the 15-foot 4300 pick up head. Additionally, the Command Series corn head will be compatible with the Fendt IDEAL combine. Fendt IDEAL technology delivers control and ease of operationThe Fendt IDEAL combine sets a new standard for harvesting automation that makes operation easier, optimizes machine performance and ensures top grain quality. Equipped with the IDEALharvest system, these machines offer real-time visualization of crop flow inside the combine. A combination of specialized sensors determines what is grain and what is not and directs the IDEALharvest system to change the combine settings to achieve the operator’s pre-set harvest strategy.“The Fendt IDEAL combine automatically makes on-the-go adjustments to maintain established harvesting parameters, which reduces the effort of the operator as conditions change throughout the day,” Schleder said.An easy-to-use touch-screen tablet allows the operator to select preferences for minimizing grain damage, loss and material other than grain (MOG) in the bin. In addition, the IDEALharvest system compensates for sudden changes such as crop density and field slope, adjusting to maintain machine performance and grain quality. This technology is especially important when harvesting cereal grains where crop maturity, crop quality, plant health, stand variability and harsh weather can make harvest challenging. Innovative rotor design is efficient and easy on grainSeveral new features on the Fendt IDEAL combine help producers optimize grain harvested and deliver cleaner, high-quality grain, lowering the potential for costly deductions. The larger, redesigned rotor on the Fendt IDEAL combine is gentler on both the crop and straw. The new dual helix processor is 24 inches in diameter and nearly 16 feet long, almost 2 feet longer than the competition, which allows the materials to generate huge centrifugal force at a much lower speed and remain in the rotor for longer. The helix arrangement of the separation tines ensures exceptional threshing results and separates grain gently while the straw quality is maintained. In addition, this dual helix processor design allows the combine to operate at a slower speed, requiring less power to operate.Class 8 and 9 models use two of the dual helix rotors providing 43.7 square feet of threshing area. The class 7 is equipped with one rotor. Curved return pans evenly spread grain for cleaning, improve efficiencyDesign innovations go beyond the rotor to the cleaning shoe where two specially molded, curved return pans use the full length of the threshing and separation chamber to distribute the crop evenly to the cleaning shoe, mitigating slope sensitivity. These IDEAL Balance pans enhance the efficiency of the cleaning system without adding complex active systems. Faster unloading time, less downtimeWith the industry’s largest grain tank at 485 bushels and the innovative IDEAL Streamer 6.0 auger, which boasts the industry’s fastest unloading rate at 6.0 bushels per second, growers will spend less time unloading grain and more time harvesting. The Streamer 6.0 is standard on the class 9 and optional on class 7 and 8 which come standard with the Streamer 4.0 to unload at 4 bushel per second. Both are gentle on grain and require less power than older auger systems. Single gearbox, fewer belts put power to usePower for the Fendt IDEAL combine and all main components is delivered through a straight-forward approach that provides the most efficient distribution of power. One gearbox attached directly to the engine drives the processor, cleaning system and hydraulic pumps, as well as the header. The Fendt IDEAL combine also uses fewer belts than other combines. Wet clutches ensure smooth engagement of the power, reducing wear and tear and maintenance on each component, and creating less strain on belts.Uptime promise“Producers interviewed always asked for more uptime, so that is a focus of the Fendt IDEAL combine. Fendt IDEAL combines will fall under the Fendt Gold Star Customer Care Plan,” Schleder said. “The Gold Star Plan provides regular service and maintenance to control costs by minimizing costly repairs while giving growers more uptime. The Fendt IDEAL will offer an enhanced service/warranty package which includes 24-hour uptime assurance to ensure all IDEAL owners have maximum uptime during the critical harvest window.”The Fendt IDEAL combine also offers the full suite of AGCO Fuse precision farming technology solutions to capture data that brings crop production decisions full circle, from planning, field prep and planting through crop care to harvest and storage.last_img read more

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Firefox Ousts Internet Explorer as Number 1 Browser in Europe

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market,Firefox has overtaken Internet Explorer to become the number one browser in Europe, reports analytics company StatCounter. According to December figures, Firefox had 38.11% of the European market share, compare to IE’s 37.52%.It’s the first time that IE has been knocked out of the number one position in a major geographical area, says Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s CEO, who points to the growth of Google’s Chrome as the reason for the shift. It isn’t that Firefox is gaining steam, but rather than IE is losing users to Chrome.Chrome is still in third place in Europe, but it has grown substantially over the past year: up from 5.06% in December 2009 to 14.58% in December 2010. “We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last,” says Cullen. As part of its anti-trust settlement with the EU, Microsoft has implemented a “browser ballot” as part of Windows set-up that gives users a choice of browsers rather than preferential treatment for IE. audrey watters Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Firefox has overtaken Internet Explorer to become the number one browser in Europe, reports analytics company StatCounter. According to December figures, Firefox had 38.11% of the European market share, compare to IE’s 37.52%.It’s the first time that IE has been knocked out of the number one position in a major geographical area, says Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s CEO, who points to the growth of Google’s Chrome as the reason for the shift. It isn’t that Firefox is gaining steam, but rather than IE is losing users to Chrome.Chrome is still in third place in Europe, but it has grown substantially over the past year: up from 5.06% in December 2009 to 14.58% in December 2010. “We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last,” says Cullen. As part of its anti-trust settlement with the EU, Microsoft has implemented a “browser ballot” as part of Windows set-up that gives users a choice of browsers rather than preferential treatment for IE. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters IE still retains its lead in the browser market in North America with 48.92% of users, followed by Firefox at 26.7%, Chrome at 12.82%, and Safari at 10.16%.StatCounter’s figures are based on aggregate data on a sample of over 15 billion page views per month. IE still retains its lead in the browser market in North America with 48.92% of users, followed by Firefox at 26.7%, Chrome at 12.82%, and Safari at 10.16%.StatCounter’s figures are based on aggregate data on a sample of over 15 billion page views per month. Tags:#Google#Microsoft#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Microsoft#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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