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Guyanese to be jailed for fire-bombing Muslims, Hindus in NY

first_imgSome five years after going on a fire-bombing spree of mosques throughout southeast Queens, a 45-year-old Guyanese man is expected to be jailed for 20 years after he recently pleaded guilty to the hate crimes against Muslims, whom he claimed back in 2012 were “trying to take over his life.”Ray Lengend being escorted by an NYC Police OfficerThe Times Ledger reported on Friday that acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron said he would sentence Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, a resident of Queens Village, to 20 years and five years post-release supervision for first-degree arson as a hate-crime when he returns to court on September 28, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.“In pleading guilty, the defendant has admitted to carrying out a vicious, hate-filled attack that endangered scores of people,” Brown said. “In a single night, this individual filled glass bottles with gasoline to make crude Molotov cocktails, and then tossed them at five buildings. His targets ranged from private dwellings to houses of worship – endangering those within the buildings as well as the firefighters called to respond to the scene. This kind of intolerance and hate will not be tolerated in Queens.”In pleading guilty, Lengend claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which he used Molotov cocktails made of Frappuccino bottles filled with gasoline to attack mosques, a deli, a private residence, and a Hindu place of worship.In early January, Lengend drove to a gas station in a stolen rental car, where he purchased the provisions for his attack before heading off to a mosque at 89-89 Van Wyck Expwy. He hesitated to perform the task because of a Police presence near the house of worship, and instead torched a nearby deli at the corner of Hillside Avenue and 179th Street, according to the criminal complaint.Lengend immediately drove back to the mosque, where 80 people were praying at the time, and threw one of the Molotov cocktails at the front entrance before fleeing.Lengend’s blitz attacks did not end there. He went to a home near 107th Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, which he attacked before heading to Elmont, L.I., where his brother-in-law lived. The Molotov cocktail he threw at the house, however, did not explode, and he moved on to the next target.A house at 170th Street and 88th Avenue which was used as a Hindu temple was next on the list of targets, according to the criminal complaint.The suspect was later arrested and kept at Bellevue Hospital’s psych ward, where he was arraigned by teleconference.In statements to the police, Lengend said the goal of the attacks was to inflict as much damage to Muslims, Hindus and “Arabs” as possible.last_img read more

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Euro 2016: Germany 0-2 France: Griezmann double books hosts’ final place

first_img Antoine Griezmann: The Atletico Madrid frontman netted twice to book France’s place in the final Antoine Griezmann netted a double to book France’s place in the Euro 2016 final, sending world champions Germany home with a 2-0 win at Stade Velodrome.Didier Deschamps’ men will face Portugal in Sunday’s match at Stade de France – LIVE on talkSPORT – thanks to a hard-fought performance against Joachim Low’s side.The Germans dominated possession in the first half, but the Euro 2016 hosts were ahead seconds before the interval as Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for a handball in the box. Forward Griezmann, 25, stepped up to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the spot. The normally reliable Neuer was at fault in the second half as he dropped the ball when collecting a cross, which the Atletico Madrid striker tidied up, reacting quickest to put his side two up, edging them closer to the final.Germany looked to pull one back, with Hugo Lloris making a stunning save late on as the French also took home a clean sheet.The atmosphere was electric in Marseille before kick-off and the game started openly, with Germany dominating possession and France struggling to get the ball without N’Golo Kante, who was on the bench.The host nation nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament after six minutes when Griezmann combined brilliantly with Blaise Matuidi. The latter made two neat one-twos on the left with the Atletico forward, who eventually got a flicked return on the edge of the box but he was on his weaker right foot and Neuer made a comfortable save.Olivier Giroud should have put the men in blue ahead when he was sent clean through on goal. He raced through but he lacked pace as the German defence soon tracked back to prevent him from getting a shot off.While the Germans had more of the ball, they had less chances as Lloris was rarely tested. On the occasion the Tottenham goalkeeper was called into action, he performed brilliantly, diving low to his right to get a hand to Emre Can’s 10-yard strike.France were penned in, as a Germany goal looked imminent, but it was Deschamps’ men again who had more testing efforts, Neuer saving Payet’s free-kick with relative ease.Griezmann looked sharp throughout and, as the game looked to be heading into the break still goalless, the Frenchman stepped up to coolly convert a penalty on 45 minutes. That came after Schweinsteiger was pulled up for a handball in the box when he jumped for a header, and the Atletico man made no mistake.Germany suffered a cruel blow early in the second half when Jerome Boateng pulled up with a suspected hamstring problem and the former Manchester City defender had to be replaced.As Boateng sat on the bench worried about potentially missing the final, his side conceded a second just over ten minutes later.As Pogba – linked with a move to Manchester United in a reported £100million deal – found space on the left, he was soon closed down but he showed fancy footwork to put the ball onto his weaker foot, sending a cross in from the left wing. The normally cool Neuer came out but he fumbled the ball and it fell to Griezmann, who needed no second invitation to drill through a crowded box into an empty goal.Germany looked like they would react well by pulling one back as right-back Joshua Kimmich, of Bayern Munich, sent a curling shot past Lloris and crashing into the upright.Low’s men struggled to find a way through in the closing stages, with Griezmann nearly grabbing a hat-trick on the counter, as Deschamps’ men booked their place in the final. 1last_img read more

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MARCHING BANDS INVADE DUNGLOE FOR SPECTACULAR SHOW

first_imgThe bands parade proudly down Dungloe’s Main StreetA huge crowd turned out in Dungloe today for a spectacular showing of local marching bands.A total of 11 bands featuring 322 people paraded up the town’s Main Street for the first time ever.Hundreds of visitors travelled from across the country and as far as Scotland especially for the occasion. The bands battled it out for the big band competition but the real winner on the day was the town.The breakdown of members included 29 flags, 12 leaders, 192 flutes, 30 triangles, etc, 48 side drums and 11 big drums. MARCHING BANDS INVADE DUNGLOE FOR SPECTACULAR SHOW was last modified: March 31st, 2013 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:dungloeEastermarching bandslast_img read more

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ST JOHNSTON ATHLETE TAKES COUNTY AWARD

first_imgWhen your discipline is athletics, it can be a long winter with the menu pre-Christmas is simply training – and more training.Well thats exactly what young John Kelly who in 2010 was out ahead in pretty much everything he encountered in athletics so this week along comes encouragement on the double for not only himself, his club Finn Valley but his family as AAI indicate that he is to receive the outstanding juvenile award for Donegal for 2010.And he has been selected for the Irish schools team for a competition in Cardiff this weekend. Said Finn Valley’s Patsy McGonagle: “John sensibly realises that any acheivements to his credit last year do not count when he enters the circle in the year ahead and to his credit has been tireless in his preparation, but it’s still nice to get a timely boost.”Patsy added: “In Nenagh on Sunday Sinead Mc Laughlin won the national masters long and high jump with clearances of 1.35 in high unlucky at 1.40 while in long a winning 4.49.She realises she needs to work on her speed but full marks to the Letterkenny girl on this acheivment . Sinead was of course an Irish international athlete some years ago in and around 6m consistently.The Co Board held their annual awards night Friday at Finn Valley under the stewardship of Neil Martin with Sinead ,John Kelly and Blaithnaid Patton the Valley recipients . Well done to all award winners on the night . Elsewhere the exciting Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge was launched so that is yet another fixture to ponder over in addition to the Spring 5k Series which goes on the road Feb 27th . ST JOHNSTON ATHLETE TAKES COUNTY AWARD was last modified: January 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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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Cranes intensify Regional tour preps, lose to KCCA FC

first_imgThe Cranes team that started the game against KCCA FC on Wednesday (Photo by Agencies)Build up matchKCCA 3-2 Uganda CranesStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 01-08-2018LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes on Wednesday morning lost 3-2 to KCCA in a buildup up game as they intensify preparation for the Cranes regional tour.Yassar Mugerwa and Joel Madondo were on the score sheet for the side on the day while new recruits Allan Kyambadde netted two and Sulaiman Mutyaba for Mike Mutebi’s KCCA FC.On Tuesday the cranes attended a non-residential training in preparation for the tour of Eastern Region in Bugiri on Saturday, 4th -08-2018.Moses Oloya (Ha Noi T&T in Vietnam), Linkoping City FC defender Ivan Bukenya, Yassar Mugerwa and Nicolas Sebwato returned to the National team and were among the players in training and build up game.The last Cranes tour match was against Kitara and the team could only manage a 2-2 draw with Allan Kyambadde and Dan Sserunkuma on the score sheet in a thrilling encounter played under the watchful eye of hundreds of spectators two weeks ago.The players who played against KCCA,Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Vipers SC), Sebwato Nicolas (Onduparaka FC), Saidi Keni (Proline FC)Defenders Mujuzi Musitapha (Proline FC), Asiku Bashir (Vipers SC), Madoi Aggrey (Vipers SC), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya JSS FC), Yayo Lutimba (Vipers SC), Ivan Bukenya (Linkoping City FC Sweden), Aucho Khalid (East Bengal, India), Yasir Mugerwa (Fasil Kenama, Ethiopia) Waiswa Moses (Vipers SC), Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Ronald Musana (URA FC) Moses Oloya (Ha Noi T&T, Vietnam), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC) and Joel Madondo (Kirinya JSS FC), Martin Kizza (SC Villa) and Daniel Mzee Serunkuuma (Vipers SC)Comments Tags: topUganda Cranes Regional Tourlast_img read more

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Will Hughes hijack West Brom’s bid for Birmingham City keeper?

first_imgMark Hughes is remaining tight-lipped over reports he is looking to pip West Bromwich Albion to the signing of Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster.The England international is on loan at The Hawthorns and the Baggies are keen to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.But Hughes has expressed some interest in taking Foster to west London in the summer if QPR stay in the top flight.Meanwhile, Rangers are one of a number of clubs who have watched Birmingham’s highly-rated young keeper Jack Butland, who was recently linked with a move to Manchester United.“There’s speculation about players but we’re not thinking in those terms yet,” said Hughes.“A lot of players’ names get banded about. I can’t confirm or deny anything really. At the moment my focus is on getting the points we need to stay in the Premier League.”Click here for our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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50-up for Bok coach Jake White

first_img28 September 2007When South Africa takes to the field in their final Rugby World Cup Pool A match against the United States in Montpellier on Sunday, Jake White will reach the 50-match milestone as Springbok coach, the first man to achieve the feat.A victory over the Americans would lift White’s winning percentage to 64 percent, third among coaches since South Africa rejoined world rugby in 1992. Difficult startWhen the former Jeppe schoolmaster took over the reins of the Springbok side, it was at a low point in the team’s fortunes; they had exited the 2003 World Cup at the quarterfinals’ stage, beaten 29-9 by New Zealand, and the Boks’ image was under the spotlight after the controversial Kamp Staaldraad became public knowledge.White, though, was eager to take on the challenge of one of the toughest coaching jobs in South Africa, assuming a position that had claimed a fair number of victims, as coaches left the post before their contracts were up.One of his first messages to the players was that they were going to win the World Cup in 2007. Now, four years on, and after nearly having lost his job at the end of 2006, White is in charge of a confident team, one that many experts believe is the only side capable of challenging New Zealand for World Cup glory.Outstanding performancesWith the quarterfinals approaching, two matches stand out as outstanding performances at the 2007 World Cup: the All Blacks’ 76-14 humbling of Italy, and, arguably more impressive, the Springboks’ 36-0 whitewash of defending champions England.The Kiwis, in their win, showed a fantastic cutting edge, while South Africa, in their victory, exhibited powerful, controlled, and focused form.The lightly-regarded Americans, winless so far, and facing what is close to a full strength Bok line-up, aren’t expected to cause White’s men many problems. The coach has his team in the exact position he wants them to be in, and a win will likely mean a match against Wales in the last eight.PlayoffsShould South Africa beat the Welsh – and they have previously lost only once to Wales – they will tackle either France or Argentina in the semi-finals.The French have provided the Springboks with some tough matches in the past, but the Pumas have never beaten them, although the South American Jaguars, comprised most of Argentinian players, once beat the Boks 21-12 in Bloemfontein in 1982, with the legendary Hugo Porta scoring all his team’s points.Sunday’s match will be only the third between South Africa and the USA. In the two previous encounters, SA won 38-7 in 1981 and 43-20 in 2001, both times on American soil.Team selectionCoach White and his fellow selectors have opted for a lineup that closely mirrors the one that overpowered England.There is one change in the backline, with Akona Ndungane getting his first run of the tournament after overcoming a chest injury. He replaces JP Pietersen, who moves to the bench.Up front, Schalk Burger returns to action, having served his two-match ban for a dangerous tackle against Samoa. He, however, won’t be in action in his regular position on the flank. Instead, he will pack down at number-eight.Juan Smith, his regular partner at flank, will join forces with the industrious Wikus van Heerden.Albert van den BergIn a somewhat surprising move, White has opted to break up the Blue Bulls’ dominating second row, selecting Victor Matfield, but partnering him with Albert van den Berg and not Bakkies Botha.Van den Berg, who made his Springbok debut way back in 1999 against New Zealand, will win his 50th Springbok cap.Os du Randt, when he takes on the Eagles, will have played against more countries than any other Springbok; it will be the 18th nation he faces, breaking a tie with Joost van der Westhuizen.First-choice teamIn the Boks’ last outing, a 30-25 victory over Tonga, it became clear that there is a distinct difference between the first-choice lineup and the second-choice team, especially when one remembers the struggles of a similar selection against Irish side Connacht, a match that SA won only 18-0.The bench, boasting an incredible 311 caps, helped quell the Tongan bid to upset the hierarchy of world rugby, and all the players who served as substitutes in that match will start on Sunday. In total, there are 586 caps among the starters and 185 among the reserves.Starting FifteenPercy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana, Butch James Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Wikus van Heerden, Victor Matfield, Albert van den Berg, BJ Botha, John Smit (c), and Os du RandtBenchBismarck du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Bakkies Botha, Bob Skinstad, Ruan Pienaar, Andre Pretorius, and JP Pietersen Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Turning junk into treasure

first_imgEl Anatsui’s 2011 piece Stressed World was commissioned for an exhibition titled When I Last Wrote to You About Africa.(Image: Konnect Africa) Calixte Dakpogan specialises in creating figures and masks from plastic, iron, glass, copper, wood, and whatever else he can find. This 2002 piece is named La mort debout – Resuscitated.(Image: CAAC Art) La Bouche du Roi, by Romuald Hazoumé, is laid out to resemble a now-famous print of the British slave ship Brookes.(Image: Art Focus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Think Africa PressRELATED ARTICLES• Waste gives Such artistic inspiration• Recycled cricket gear creates jobs• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• ConCourt art tells SA’s story• Recycled corks, safer communitiesSource: Craig Halliday via Think Africa PressAfrican artists have been recycling and re-using materials for hundreds of years. In Benin, a vast number of imported copper pans were recycled to cast various objects such as the Benin bronzes, while in Ghana the unravelling of imported foreign silks were used to increase the availability of thread colours for Kente cloth.Artists have long interrogated the significance of using different materials in art and for many the material chosen holds a crucial conceptual importance.Understanding this symbolic significance of a material requires an understanding of the context and environment in which the artist is working.Transformation through re-use, not recyclingOne artist with a love of raw materials is Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. His work includes the re-use of woods and metals, which he gathers himself and transforms into sculptures.Working with whatever his environment throws up, Anatsui frequently makes use of discarded liquor tops. The liquor tops are cut up, flattened, arranged in a sequence and joined together with copper wire to create large cloth-like sculptures. The once rigid metals become flowing rhythmic representations of Ghanaian cloth, which portray particular Ghanaian symbols and representational values.There are good reasons for Anatsui’s choice of used liquor tops. The bottle tops’ malleability allows the artist to puncture holes through them, a quality unobtainable with discarded soda bottle tops.Furthermore, they refer to the historic ties of the alcohol trade between West Africa, Europe and America; to the pleasure of drinking or “building the stomach”, a common cultural turn of phrase; and they reflect the consumptive nature of society as a whole.El Anatsui does not recycle these bottle tops, but transforms them. And the connotations they carry become a part of the work itself – a commentary on his society, cultural history and environment.Material choice representing heritageCalixte Dakpogan of Benin is another artist who uses discarded materials. Dakpogan’s skilful manipulation of materials goes back to the time of an ancestor, who was a blacksmith at the 19th-century royal court of King Toffa, and the tradition has been passed down from father to son ever since.Dakpogan benefits from a seemingly inexhaustible abundance of car wrecks in his home town of Porto Novo, and other abandoned bits and pieces to make sculptural figures and masks.This allows him a great deal of symbolism on which to draw. The automobile is often seen as a symbol of power under the protection of Ogun – the Yoruba god of metal work – and Dakpogan’s sculptures also relate to the Fon statues from the early 19th century.Through his choice to use and transform these materials into relatable sculptural forms, Dakpogan’s artworks intentionally play with associations to his heritage and culture.In working with recovered materials, Dakpogan bestows a level of energy upon his sculptures which would be unobtainable if the artist used new materials. Whilst it is clear that the materials’ easy availability plays a role in their use, there is no doubt that Dakpogan’s choice of materials is based on aesthetics and artistic vision rather than necessity.Objects as metaphorsRomuald Hazoumé in Benin takes a slightly different approach in his used of discarded objects. He does not transform his objects per se, but re-uses them. An object used repetitively in his work is the petrol can, which implicitly draws reference to the black market petrol trade and its deeper social significance.With cheaper petrol prices in neighbouring Nigeria – until recently – the black market saw petrol flow easily, if illegally, across the border. The cans carried by black market transporters are worked to breaking point then discarded, something in which Hazoumé sees similarities with enslavement.He says, “Many people live in the same kind of conditions, bound to work their whole lives for rich bosses who use them without regard for their humanity, and who then throw them away, like refuse”.Hazoumé’s representation of slavery is most notable in the multimedia installation La Bouche du Roi (the mouth of the king) in which he uses dozens of petrol containers laid out to resemble an 18th century print of the British slave ship Brookes – this now notorious image was used by campaigners, led by William Wilberforce, against the transatlantic slave trade.The individual containers represent the people of Africa who were crammed together in the slave trade. The piece refers to the exportation of oil to the West with little in return, juxtaposing the historical image with that of the implement used to transport petrol. The used petrol cans act as a metaphor for slavery past and present.El Anatsui, Calixte Dakpogan and Romuald Hazoumé are just three examples of African artists with the ingenuity, creativity and contemplation to turn what others discard or see as junk into works of art. And, in doing so, creating dialogue about social, historical, and political realities.A material or use of material simply does not hold one value, connotation or significance; instead, any material holds a different value and characteristic depending on the context in which it is used. This is nowhere clearer than in African artists’ re-use of everyday bits and pieces.last_img read more

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Lower retail prices prevalent this fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck resulted in a decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey.The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $49.70, down $4.40 or 8% compared to a survey conducted a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 13 decreased and three increased in average price.Egg prices dropped significantly due to production recovering well from the 2014 avian influenza, according to John Newton, AFBF director, market intelligence. Milk prices are down substantially from prior years, particularly compared to record-highs in 2014, due to the current global dairy surplus.“For all commodities in agriculture there is a lot of product on hand and prices are depressed,” Newton said.The following items showed retail price decreases from a year ago:eggs, down 51% to $1.48 dozenchicken breast, down 16% to $2.86 per poundsirloin tip roast, down 11% to $5.04 per poundshredded cheddar, down 10% to $4.09 per poundwhole milk, down 10% to $2.84 per gallonground chuck, down 9% to $4.13 per poundtoasted oat cereal, down 9% to $2.80 for a nine-ounce boxvegetable oil, down 9% to $2.39 for a 32-ounce bottleflour, down 7% to $2.21 per five-pound bagwhite bread, down 7% to $1.58 for a 20-ounce loaforange juice, down 5% to $3.26 per half-gallonbacon, down 3% to $4.40 per poundsliced deli ham, down less than 1% to $5.45These items showed moderate retail price increases compared to a year ago:bagged salad, up 16% to $2.85 per poundapples, up 10% to $1.59 per poundpotatoes, up 3% to $2.73 for a five-pound bag
.“Dry conditions in the Northeast and Northwest the last few years likely contributed to smaller supplies and higher retail prices for apples,” Newton said. In addition, he said salad prices are up due to lower output in the West, particularly in California and Arizona.Price checks of alternative milk and egg choices not included in the overall marketbasket survey average revealed the following: a half gallon regular milk, $1.86; half gallon organic milk, $4.26; and one dozen “cage-free” eggs, $3.48.The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index report for food at home. As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 17%, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Newton said.Using the “food at home and away from home” percentage across-the-board, the farmer’s share of this $49.70 marketbasket would be approximately $8.45.AFBF, the nation’s largest general farm organization, began conducting informal quarterly marketbasket surveys of retail food price trends in 1989. The series includes a Spring Picnic survey, Summer Cookout survey, Fall Harvest survey and Thanksgiving survey.According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10% of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world. A total of 59 shoppers in 26 states participated in the latest survey, conducted in September.last_img read more

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New in Chrome 10: Run Google Chrome Web Store Apps in the Background

first_imgGoogle is bringing Web apps one step closer to having full desktop functionality. Today, it announced new functionality that allows apps from the Chrome Web Store to run in the background, even when all Chrome windows have been closed but the user hasn’t actually exited the browser. Why would you want to do this? A couple of reasons. There’s an example app available here (you’ll need Chrome 10).To close the background apps, users only have to exit Chrome. Users will also be able to check which background apps and extensions are running through the Chrome icon in the system tray in Windows and Linux or the dock on OSX.To address security concerns, Google has made the functionality available only to Chrome Web Store apps and extensions. Regular websites won’t be able to access this functionality. Developers will also have to declare the background capability in their apps.At the moment this seems only minimally useful, but it does give more purpose to the creation of Chrome Web Store apps, which have been criticized as over-glorified bookmarks. Tags:#hack#Tools klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… To enable hosted apps, such as calendars, to provide notifications without having to leave a window or tab open for the app.To enable apps to load content in the background so that it’s instantly available when a user launches the app. For example, a dashboard with real-time information, or something like Mint.com that takes a while to update.center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more