ISPCA tips to keep your pets safe in hot weather

first_imgLinkedin LimerickNewsISPCA tips to keep your pets safe in hot weatherBy Meghann Scully – June 2, 2020 186 Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleLimerick School of Art and Design Graduate Showcase 2020 launches onlineNext articleIreland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Meghann Scully REPRO FREEISPCA senior inspector Lisa OÕDonovan and Tiger, a rescued Staffordshire bull terrier at the ISPCA Mallow Equine Rescue Centre as the ISPCA appeal for donations as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high with 86,549 calls for help made to their National Animal Cruelty Helpline. Visit www.ispca.ie.Picture. John AllenISPCA issues an urgent plea for support as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high!86,549 calls for help made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty HelplineThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has today launched its annual Inspectorate Report highlighting the increased number of animal cruelty reports received by the charity, with 17,338 calls for help recorded last year. A total of 86,549 calls have been received by the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline since 2014, the year in which the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced.The report outlines the 18 prosecutions with which ISPCA Inspectors were involved that were resolved in the courts in 2018. ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors carried out 3,494 investigations with 1,102 animals seized or surrendered and taken into ISPCA care.Since the AHWA came into force only five years ago, the ISPCA Helpline has handled 86,549 calls: 17,832 investigations have been carried out by ISPCA Inspectors; with 5,147 animals seized/surrendered, and ISPCA Inspectors have been involved with 64 prosecutions for animal cruelty which have been successfully resolved in court.Whilst the ISPCA has been disappointed with the penalties imposed in some cases, we recently saw a three year prison term handed down to a man who pleaded guilty last October to 30 charges of animal cruelty. This case was the biggest in the ISPCAÕs history and involved the removal of 340 dogs and 11 horses.ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: ÒThis particular case highlighted in the report was almost four years coming to a conclusion. Even though it was so long ago the events of that week are still fresh in the memories of all those who witnessed those scenes. Never in my 20 yearsÕ service have I seen such extreme suffering on such a scale. We discovered a number of dead animals scattered around the property, some of which had been used to feed the dogs. It was just harrowing. Although there was an appeal against the severity of the sentence it was dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the original sentence was upheld. The ISPCA felt that this outcome was appropriate.ÓThe prosecutions highlighted in the report illustrate the impact that ISPCA Inspectors are having but so much more could be done if the ISPCA had sufficient resources. The ISPCA is therefore appealing to the Irish Government and the public for more funding to help fight animal cruelty enabling the ISPCA to reach the counties not currently covered. It costs approximately Û50,000 to keep an ISPCA Inspector on the road including vehicle costs, veterinary costs, uniform and equipment, administrative support and salary. With the majority of ISPCA funding received from members of the public and through gifts in wills, the ISPCA relies heavily on public support to continue our work preventing animal cruelty and alleviating animal suffering.Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed said: ÒMy Department is pleased to continue itsÕ support for the work of the ISPCA which being the nationÕs largest non-governmental animal welfare organisation means they are at the forefront of animal welfare. The cases highlighted in this report outline the remarkable, and often difficult, work being carried out by the ISPCA team. I would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspected animal cruelty concerns to either the ISPCA Helpline or to the helpline operated by my Department so that those responsible for animal cruelty can be held accountable under the law. We look forward to continued engagement with the ISPCA to ensure that all animals are fully protected and those responsible for neglecting, abusing or cruelly treating animals are dealt with robustly.ÓChief Inspector Dowling continued: ÒWe have never been busier or under so much pressure and our resources are dangerously stretched. There are many areas in Ireland we are currently unable to reach so we need to expand our Inspectorate (currently at nine members). But we must also develop our animal accommodation facilities to enable us to take in the volume of vulnerable animals that our Inspectors may wish to remove from sub-standard situations. We often have to use private boarding kennels when our three rescue centres are full to capacity and there is a list of animals waiting to be transported to our centres once space becomes available. This is not sustainable. The cases highlighted in the report represent some of the horrific cases of animal cruelty and distressing situations ISPCA Inspectors face during the course of their work on a regular basis. We can do more if we have the resources and we are appealing to the Irish Government and the animal loving public to help us continue this vital work caring for IrelandÕs most cruelly treated, neglected and abused animals.ÓThe ISPCA is issuing an urgent appeal asking the public to make a donation to help the most vulnerable animals. Please visit the ISPCAÕs secure website to donate online today https://www.ispca.ie/donate/once_off.ENDSInterview opportunities:ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly, Chief Inspector Conor Dowling and Senior Inspector Lisa OÕDonovan are available for interviews. Contact: Carmel Murray, Public Relations Manager on 087 0525119 or email [email protected] to coordinate.PhotographerFree Repro photographs to follow provided by John Allen Photography.Telephone 086 216 2990 Ð Email [email protected] to editors:ISPCA Inspectors became authorised officers in 2014 after the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced and since then have used their statutory powers effectively to deal with animal neglect, cruelty and abuse. Although we would like to see stronger penalties for animal cruelty to act as a deterrent, we would like to get the message across that all animal owners and anyone who looks after animals have a legal obligation to provide them with their welfare needs. Failure to do so will result in them being held to account. The ISPCA will not tolerate animal cruelty and will do all that we can to stamp it out in Ireland.About the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Mallow:The Equine Rescue Centre is dedicated to the memory of the late Victor Dowling, veterinary surgeon and committed animal lover who remembered the ISPCA in his will. The property was developed by the ISPCA and the Equine Rescue Centre was opened in June 2007 as a direct result of his legacy gift. The Centre accommodates animals that have been cruelly treated, neglected and abused in the south of the country where they are treated, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed. Leaving a gift in your will to help the ISPCA means that your legacy lives on, long after youÕre gone helping the ISPCA maintain and expand our services. The ISPCA depend on public donations and gifts in wills to enable us to continue our vital work helping animals that are suffering now.About our workThe ISPCA is the largest national animal welfare organisation caring for all animals in Ireland and recognised at European level. The ISPCA operates three rescue and rehabilitation centres which were developed in order to support the ISPCA Inspectorate and member societies with the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible re-homing of cruelly treated and neglected animals.What we do?Prevention and Enforcement: We prevent cruelty to all animals, promote animal welfare and proactively relieve animal suffering. With nine fully trained ISPCA Inspectors, the ISPCA investigates animal cruelty in 17 counties in Ireland.Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming: Our Inspectorate rescue the most vulnerable animals, they are treated at our Centres, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed to loving families where they will be cared for, for the rest of their lives.Education: We aim to equip pet owners and future pet owners with access to information and knowledge about how to look after their petsAdvocacy and Engagement: We engage with organisations across European to achieve legislative change at EU level though our membership with Eurogroup.About our InspectorateISPCA Inspectors are the front line preventing animal cruelty in Ireland. As Authorised Officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), they respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also aid sick and injured animals. While the majority of allegations investigated by ISPCA Inspectors are dealt with by means of advice or instruction, if the situation warrants stronger action, formal warnings or the seizure of animals can be issued. Read our Inspectorate Reports hereThe ISPCA has as a total of nine authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and six Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 17 affiliated member societies nationwide.How we are funded?The majority of our funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. The ISPCA receive an ex gratia grant from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for which we are grateful for.Get in touchYou can find more information about the ISPCAÕs work, to make a donation or to report animal cruelty in confidence by visiting www.ispca.ie.ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co. Longford, N39X 257, Tel: 043 33 25035 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Wednesdays – Sundays, 11.30am to 4.00pm.ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Dromsligo, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 YF98. Tel: 022 43218 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only.ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Barrack, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, F92 V3Y1. Tel: 074 9152360 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only.Report Cruelty: ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline: 1890 515 515, email [email protected] or report online in confidence on www.ispca.ieEstablished in 1949, the ISPCAÕs Registered Charity No. 2008723 and is registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners, No.CHY5619Follow us on social media! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.TEMPERATURES are soaring so here are some summer tips and advice to help keep your pets safe during warm weather.ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray said:  “We all love the summer sunshine, but it is important plan in advance especially if you are bringing your pet anywhere with you.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Dogs don’t have sweat glands which makes it difficult for them to stay cool so it is really important that they are not left in a hot car for any length of time as it can be fatal.“It’s better to avoid walking your dog during intense heat, so early morning or evening walks is best when it’s cooler”. she said.Carmel added:  “If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for their paws.  Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun.“If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet immediately.“In particular older, over-weight or flat-faced dogs are even less tolerant of the heat so it is important to know the signs of overheating such as increased heart rate with excessive panting and drooling, drowsy or out of sorts, vomiting or diarrhoea”.It is important to remember that dogs can die if left in hot cars. Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine.By leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.Always have fresh water available for your pet; refresh and refill more often than on a normal day and leave extra if you are going out.You can also add ice cubes to your pet’s water. Make sure they have access to shade, and keep them indoors in cooler rooms when the heat becomes too extreme.Ensure you leave out extra water in the shade for cats and wildlife too. If you have a rabbit or small mammals in the garden, keep their living quarters in the shade.You could also partially cover the front of their enclosures as they can heat up very quickly. All caged animals, even if they are indoors, should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep an eye on aviaries or birdcages, which are near to a window.Remember household chemicals and common summer foods can be toxic to pets. If using sunscreen or insect repellent, please ensure the product is labelled as safe for use on pets. If you are unsure about certain products consult your vet.Alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, chocolate, coconut, grapes or raisins, onions, raw meat or excessively salty foods or foods containing the sweetener xylitol can be toxic or cause serious health issues for your pet.If you do witness an animal locked in a car on a hot day, try to establish how long the dog has been left in the car first, look for a pay and display ticket on the dashboard.If the pet is showing signs of distress and overheating contact the local Garda station immediately or dial 999 /112 in an emergency and call our National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), authorised officers such as Members of An Garda Síochána or ISPCA “authorised officers” can use reasonable force to enter a vehicle and rescue a distressed animal if necessary.Members of the public forcing entry into somebody else’s property could leave themselves open to legal action.Please feel free to download the ‘Keep Your Pet Safe in Summer’ infographic here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jd20hfhxxzpyd2e/AABux_1LHVwH_kdTw6kojAZla?dl=0 to share on social media with hashtags #ISPCA, #dogsdieinhotcars and #responsiblepetownership Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook TAGSISPCAKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Baker reports on BBC1’s journey through the eras

first_imgBaker Caroline Frampton got a big shock when she turned up for the first day of filming a new BBC series to find her partner’s name above the shop even though he can’t make bread.Frampton and partner Nigel Devlin, who run Caroline’s Real Bread Company in Merthyr Cynog, Brecon, Powys, took part in the programme, Turn Back Time – The High Street, along with their four children, which saw them join other families in a project in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, to experience shopkeepers’ lives during five different eras. They were judged on best customer service and weekly sales by a panel including Hobbs House Bakery director Tom Herbert.Said Frampton: “I was really angry that Nigel’s name was above the shop, and I was not even allowed into the bakery in the Victorian era, so I ended up trying to furtively help him in the middle of the night. But I realised that the reason women weren’t involved was that everything was so physical flour sacks were impossible to lift, there was no electricity or running water and we worked 18-hour days.”Just when baking got a bit easier, the family had to contend with rationing and, after the high street grocer started selling pre-wrapped bread, the family turned up to film the 1960s era to find their shop had become a milk bar selling burgers a victim of the Chorleywood Bread Process revolution.The company supplies local farmers’ markets and festivals but Frampton said filming had given her the confidence to start a national delivery service.last_img read more

Falcons Deserve Equal Pay with Eagles, Says Oparanozie

first_imgThe demands from Opanozie reflect those of the USA women’s team who began legal action against the US Soccer Federation over equal pay in March, four months before retaining the World Cup.Similarly, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, the reigning BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and the first women’s Ballon d’Or winner last December, walked away from her national team in 2017 after growing increasingly frustrated with its set-up and what she called a “lack of respect” for female players.Advocacy for equal pay was also muted in tennis when top female players led by Serena Williams advocate that they deserve same prize money from the famous All England tennis tournament, Wimbledon and at the end of the day, they won the battle.Oparanozie also at the conference in Lagos called for the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) to be televised. “The Nigeria Football Federation must work on getting the women’s league on TV. With that, there will be more eyes on the league and sponsors can come in,” said the En Avant Guingamp striker.With the theme “Keeping the barriers down”, athletes, journalists, administrators, coaches and many more witnessed the fourth edition of the annual conference founded by ace sports broadcaster, Tega Onojaife.The NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi opened the discussions on the importance of girls and women in sports, highlighting that sports women have to work harder to get recognition in today’s society.“One of the things that can help Nigeria reach its potential is to give women opportunities in every area,” Akinwunmi said.During the first panel session, Kenyan 800m World Champion, Janet Jepkosgei, 2017 Afrobasket Champion, Nkechi Akashili and Athletics blogger, Funmilayo Fameso discussed their journey in sports, the challenges they have faced and more.Jepkosgei talked about taking a break from sport to have her first child, returning and plans going forward.“Being a mother is the best thing to have ever happened to me,” she said. “It has been a long way coming for me in athletics. I took a three-year break and I just won my first race last year.“Biologically when you come back from a break, you become stronger. It’s the best thing to do but make sure you do it at the right time,” Jepkosgei said.The second panel session had Ghana Women’s National team coach, Mercy Tagoe, Super Falcons forward, Desire Oparanozie and former Banyana Banyana midfielder, Amanda Dlamini discuss keeping the barriers down in football.Coach Mercy Tagoe talked about her journey from being a footballer to a referee and a coach. Amanda Dlamini urged footballers to prepare for retirement, as that made it easier for her to transition into sports broadcasting after she hung up her boots.“Football is not your whole life. You need to get yourself ready for retirement. I had to go to the university to ensure I could do something after I retired,” Dlamini said.As it was done in previous editions of the conference, five athletes were given grants as a reward for excellent performances in their different sports in 2018.Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, young Judoka, Adijat Azeez, Wrestler, Sunmisola Balogun, Track and Field athlete, Rosemary Chukwuma and Power-lifter, Esther Onyema were the recipients.The Head of Human Resource and CSR of Bet9ja, Kikky Boboye and law firm Aluko & Oyebode’s senior associate, Nta Ekpiken and many more spoke during the conference.The conference was supported by; Bet9ja, Zaron Cosmetics, Smooth FM 98.1 FM, IR Digitals, Travel Trilz, Smice Technologies and the Busy BuddiesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons Captain, Desire Oparanozie has asked that the women’s senior national team be paid the same amount of money paid to the men’s national team, the Super Eagles.She made the call at the 2019 Ladies In Sports (LIS) Conference held on Friday, July 26 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.“I think we deserve equal pay. We are the most successful female team in Africa. We have done the nation proud. I believe we will get there, one step at a time,” Oparanozie said.last_img read more

Saucy substitute Dubs get under Portland’s skin in spirited, uninhibited victory

first_imgGot a suggestion for the Warriors. Rip up the identifiers “San Francisco” and “Golden State Warriors” along the baselines. For one thing, they’re a touch pretentious. For another, fans should know where they are (the price of garlic fries should provide a clue) and who is playing (even if you don’t know all their names).Instead lay down something meaningful, something that speaks to the current Warriors … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

SA airports 90% World Cup ready

first_imgSouth Africa will handle large volumes of air traffic during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: City of Johannesburg) OR Tambo general manager Chris Hlekane Addressing the media about airports’ readiness for the World Cup. Acsa’s Nicky Knapp speaking at the briefing. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Solomon Makgale Group Manager: Communications Airports Company South Africa +27 82 781 8863 [email protected]  RELATED ARTICLES • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • OR Tambo spreads its wings • Zambezi Airlines lands in SA • New airport nears completion • New infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s airports will be fully upgraded and ready to handle large volumes of traffic during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) said at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 2 March.Acsa announced that their preparations, most of which involve upgrading current facilities, are now 90% complete.“We are confident that, together with our airport partners and staff, we will be ready to meet the requirements of this major event,” said OR Tambo International Airport general manager Chris Hlekane, speaking on behalf of Acsa.The 10% of work remaining, largely tying-up loose ends, will be concluded in time for the World Cup, Hlekani said. “By the end of March a lot more will be accomplished, [we’ll be] closer to 100%.”Acsa began upgrading the country’s airports in 2006, investing about R17-billion (US$2.3-billion) in operations even before Fifa announced in May that year that South Africa had won the bid. But since then construction has been speeded up to meet the June deadline.All projects at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo, a key entry point for most World Cup visitors, were completed in December 2009.The airport, named after apartheid struggle icon Oliver Tambo, now boasts a multi-storey parkade with 165 000 bays, and a revamped central terminal building and check-in facility worth R2.2-billion ($293-million) – this will be able to accommodate about 28-million passengers a year.Two new fuel tanks – with a capacity of 60-million litres each – have been installed there, along with seven new aircraft stands, which takes the total number to 105.“The bulk of the movement [during the World Cup] will be from OR Tambo,” Hlekane said.Makeover for regional airportsCape Town International Airport has also undergone massive improvements, which are nearing completion. Most of the major projects – including the central terminal building, the 8 000 parking bays and vehicle roads upgrade – will be complete by the end of March.The airport’s central terminal has been expanded to accommodate 14 million passengers a year, while the number of airport stands has been increased by five, bringing the total to 32.The newly built King Shaka International Airport in Durban will be completed in April and be operational by May, a month before kick-off. Some R6.7-billion ($893-million) has been spent on the facility, which will accommodate 7.5-million passengers a year.A number of the country’s regional domestic airports have also been revamped and will be ready for the tournament. An upgrade of the Bloemfontein Airport terminal was completed in December 2009, and a temporary terminal set up to “meet the demand” will be finished by May.Port Elizabeth Airport will also have a temporary terminal ready by May. Similar set-ups at the East London and Kimberley airports will be completed by the end of March to accommodate additional traffic.Acsa said it aimed to make the temporary structures in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein “cost-neutral” by using revenue generated from advertising and retail sales to fund the building process.More jet-settingAcsa has experienced a spike in slot applications by airlines in the run up to the World Cup. “We’ve seen an increase in terms of slots that have been applied for the [June-July] period,” said Andre Vermeulen, Acsa’s group manager of operations.The company has allocated 120 000 extra slots to airlines and more are still available. Although not all slots may be used, Vermeulen said airlines have shown to be responsible in their bookings and it looked promising that most will be used.The number of flights is expected to double over the World Cup period compared to other times of the year, Vermeulen added.Acsa has forecast that about 450 000 visitors will flock to South Africa during the first two weeks of the tournament. The frequency of domestic flights will also increase during the knock-out matches, Hlekane said.Extended work hours Acsa has approached the Department of Labour to enable it to extend its employees’ work hours in the June-July period. As there will be more flights, airports will have to operate for 24 hours a day during this time.“We want to ensure that the department appreciates the number of hours we will work,” Hlekane said.The airports will require their staff to work overtime and unions representing the employees have agreed to the plan, Acsa said. “We signed a wage agreement plan … we’re comfortable with unions on that basis,” Hlekane added.Airport staff are also being trained to communicate in French, German and Spanish to accommodate foreign-language visitors.Plenty of fuelFears of a jet-fuel shortage in the country during the World Cup are unfounded, Acsa said at the briefing. The company has sufficient jet fuel stocks for the tournament’s period. “There will be no disruption in terms of fuel,” said Hlekane.Acsa said it plans to have four to five day’s cover of jet fuel stocks – the ideal average – during the World Cup period. “They [suppliers] understand our demands. They understand when we’ll need fuel,” said Vermeulen.last_img read more

The Truth about Mobile Application Stores

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In their presentation, they analyzed everything including store size, store growth, the most popular applications and where you can find the best deal. They recently shared some of the highlights from that presentation by way of a slideshow embedded on their blog. For mobile industry insiders, some of the findings won’t be all that shocking, just common knowledge paired with statistics. However, there were a few surprises that caught us off guard, maybe they will you too. Distimo collects public application data from app stores and also offers developers an analytics tool which is used to monitor their apps and those belonging to their competitors. After examining and analyzing the data, the company releases market reports detailing their findings. Free Vs. Paid AppsOne of their most recent reports looked at which application stores have the highest percentage of free apps. Not surprisingly, the Android Market was the winner here. In an interview with Venture Beat, Distimo co-founder and CEO Vincent Hoogsteder said this was due to multiple factors: the nature of the open-source operating system from Google attracts the sort of developers that enjoy giving away their works and the open nature of the application- approval process (that is, no review board middleman exists between app creation and public release) makes it easier for casual developers to launch. Also, anecdotal evidence points to developers’ dissatisfaction with Google Checkout – paid Android apps are required to implement this payment method for purchase, a much slower process than Apple’s 1-click buying process. The different ratios of free apps versus paid was one of the findings presented during MWC 2010. In the chart below, you can see the varying percentages by store. (Note that Distimo’s findings were focused on the U.S. market only). Android has the most free applications (57% free) and Nokia has the most paid (85% paid). The next closest store to Android in terms of free is Palm, followed by Apple, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and finally Nokia. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Games, Games, GamesAlso discussed were the popularity of applications by category. On Apple’s store, games and entertainment were the most popular categories (58% and 18%, respectively). Somewhat more surprising was the popularity of games on Blackberry, the platform often used more by enterprise and SMBs than by consumers. Here, games were also in the lead with 29% popularity to only 18% for utilities. One would have thought that would be the other way around – that corporate users would be more likely download apps that helped them work, not play. Apparently, that’s not the case.For more details on this presentation, you can view the entire slideshow on Slideshare or contact the company itself for a more in-depth marketing report. Update: Microsoft got in touch to let us know that there are now “over 1245” Windows Mobile apps available in their Marketplace. The number had increased since Distimo released their report. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Another interesting finding had to do with the prices for the paid applications. Apple, Android and Palm were all in the same range when it came to the average price for paid apps ($3.27 to $3.62). However, RIM and Microsoft were more than twice as high ($8.26 and $6.99, respectively). This didn’t necessarily have to do with the different types of applications available in each store – sometimes, the exact same app was just priced higher on other platforms. For example, Tetris was $4.99 on Apple and $6.99 on Windows. IM+ was $4.99 on Apple and $29.99 on Blackberry. Store Size and Growth: Look Out for Android! Android is now the second-largest application store, reports Distimo, with 19, 297 apps. It’s still a far cry from Apple’s 150,998 apps, though. And other competitors are farther still. Ovi, we were surprised to discover, is the third largest with 6,118 apps available while Blackberry has a respectable 4,756. Palm has only 1,492 and Windows has 693. Apple is also the fastest growing store with a shocking 13,865 new applications added per month. Android’s growth is picking up too – they now have 3,005 new apps per month (15%). Relative to the number of apps housed, Android is actually the fastest growing store. Tags:#Features#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Food & Drink: Beat summer heat with frozen treats

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. During this summer of “Fortnite,” my parental job (as Screen Time Police) has become increasingly difficult. However, wandering the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail and then grabbing a frozen at Tropical Sno or Deda’s Fine Baked Goods makes for a pleasant diversion.During the summer, my main job is Screen Time Police — devising clever ways to keep my children separated from their electronic devices. This job has become increasingly difficult during this long summer of “Fortnite.” The typical diversion tactic usually includes some wholesome old-school family activity followed by a bribe (usually something sweet).On a recent walk along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, I discovered a couple of great places for frozen treats. The closest purveyor of frozen goodies is Tropical Sno, located in a parking lot on Northeast 117th Street, just up the street from the parking lot for Salmon Creek Regional Park and Klineline Pond. Tropical Sno is owned by Claudia Ruffalo, her son, Brian, and his wife, Janae. This is their eighth summer in this spot.Sno cones come in small ($3.85), medium ($4.45) and large ($5.05). The small size is generous enough for any child — little kid to teen. The plastic containers are a bit wobbly, so it’s good to tell kids to hold them tightly with two hands while transporting them to the car or a nearby picnic table.You can choose from popular, nonalcoholic concoctions (strawberry margarita, mai tai, Creamsicle) or design your own flavors (up to three) with optional add-ons (banana cream, coconut cream, gummy worms, vanilla cream and caramel topping) for an extra 50 cents. My daughter chose blue raspberry and cotton candy. She liked the flavors and enjoyed displaying her blue tongue for the rest of the afternoon.last_img read more