West Palm Beach Extends Curfew due to Continued Protests

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James held a Friday afternoon news conference to announce the extension of the current nighttime curfew through the weekend. James said residents can expect more protests on Friday and this weekend. He urged all protesters to remain peaceful.Mayor Keith James and Police Chief Frank Adderley spoke at the 2:30 p.m. news conference and they also addressed the current state of emergency in the city.Curfew will be extending through the weekend in West Palm Beach. The state of emergency prohibits the sale of guns and ammo, and also the carry of guns, according to state law. @WPTV @westpalmbch @WestPalmPD pic.twitter.com/5eMSZdgoU4— Merris Badcock (@MerrisBadcock) June 5, 2020 City officials addressed more demonstrations that are anticipated in the city and ongoing efforts to keep both the public and peaceful protesters safe.“As it has always been, and always will be, public safety is my priority No. 1,” said James.Last Sunday, a curfew was put in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. after peaceful protests turned violent later that night.James said Friday the curfew will remain in place through the weekend.“We will lift the curfew only when Police Chief Adderley and I have assurances that future demonstrations in our city will be peaceful,” said James.The state of emergency prohibits the sale of guns and ammo, and also the carrying of guns, per state law.“I urge anyone planning to demonstrate in our city, this afternoon, tonight or over the weekend, to please keep it peaceful,” said James. “We welcome peaceful protest in this city.”Adderley said their contact with the peaceful protesters has been great over the last few days. He said it is a smaller group of agitators that are causing problems.“Some of the actions that have taken place [since Sunday] kind of gave us the indication that we continue to need the curfew in order to make sure that our city is safe,” said Adderley.The police chief said a “small group” of agitators who have damaged business were people who came from other cities and not West Palm Beach residents.“This is not a game, people. People’s lives are at stake,” said James. “We’ll restore and maintain proper law and order in this city.”last_img read more

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TAX DEFAULTERS LIST: BUNCRANA CONTRACTOR GIVEN SUSPENDED JAIL TERM FOR DODGY VAT RETURNS

first_imgHaulage contractor Mary McKinney, from Riverside, Cockhill Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment on 15 counts of delivering incorrect VAT returns.The sentence for 15 offences was suspended on condition she complete 240 hours of community service.In other cases Danny Doherty, a mechanic in Gulladuff, Moville was fined more than €400,000 in tax and penalties. Colm Harvey, a company director on the Clar Road, Donegal Town was ordered to pay €391,000, Edward Rodgers of Aughalatty, Carrigart paid back revenue of €196k and building contractor Columba Doherty, Dundrain, Burnfoot paid back €102.Company Director William McNutt Jnr from Downings paid back €40k  and Kenneth Carson of New Begginings at the Court Yard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny paid back €50k.In the period covered there were 20 cases taken against people in Donegal for failure to lodge income tax returns with fines totalling more than €30k issued.TAX DEFAULTERS LIST: BUNCRANA CONTRACTOR GIVEN SUSPENDED JAIL TERM FOR DODGY VAT RETURNS was last modified: March 9th, 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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Glennie and Jonsdottir Named To WGCA All-American Scholar Team

first_imgGlennie capped off the 2017 season with a 17th-place finish at the MVC Championship to earn her second-straight top-18 flag honor and finished the year with a 78.0 average through 28 rounds. Jonsdottir wrapped up her rookie season with an 80.6 averaged through 25 rounds and recorded 12 rounds in the 70s.  Print Friendly Version Glennie a junior from Clearwater, Fla. maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average in English and law, politics and society to receive her third WGCA honor, while Jonsdottir also holds a perfect GPA in math and chemistry to earn the award. CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Drake women’s golfers Madison Glennie and Sigurlaug Jonsdottir were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team for their effort in the classroom. The WGCA All-American Scholar Golf Teams recognize outstanding academic and athletic achievements in women’s college golf across Division I, II and III. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with student-athletes needing to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.last_img read more

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Chelsea considering making final offer for forward – report

first_imgChelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Raiders’ Alec Ingold a high school legend in Green Bay

first_imgOtis Chambers had finished three guided tours at one of the most sainted locales in NFL history but conceded his emotions were mixed with the thought of the Raiders playing at Lambeau Field.Chambers is Green Bay, Wisconsin, through and through. The Packers, as well as the local school district where he worked for 34 years, are a big part of his life. As an athletic director at Bay Port High, Chambers saw every game Raiders rookie fullback Alec Ingold ever played before taking his retirement …last_img

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How to Liven Up Dead Geology

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new study shows some carbon compounds from Mars arose from geological processes.  What does life have to do with it?  Ask some science reporters.The facts:  According to a new study by the Carnegie Institution, some carbon compounds in Martian meteorites arose by chemical processes on the red planet, probably volcanism.  The compounds in the famous Martian ALH 84001 meteorite that sparked the birth of the new science of Astrobiology in the 1990s were also found to be non-biological in origin.  This means the compounds have nothing whatsoever to do with life.One might suspect this would be tragic news for those who have devoted their careers to finding life on Mars, but here’s how popular news reports treated the story:Live Science began by saying that organic compounds (by definition, those containing carbon, including cyanide and tailpipe soot) are “linked with life” and used the popular phrase, “building blocks of life” twice.  It quoted a scientist saying, “We now find that Mars has organic chemistry, and on Earth, organic chemistry led to life.”  The article was more “lively” than the dead geology facts indicated.  It even turned the bad news (astrobiologically speaking) into good news: “Now that scientists have a better picture of the foundations of Martian chemistry, they can better look for anomalies that might be signs of life,” reporter Charles Q. Choi said.Science Daily also used the suggestive phrase “building blocks of life” and accentuated how the new knowledge of dead rock “will help aid future quests for evidence of ancient or modern Martian life“.New Scientist called the finding that “Tiny carbon nuggets in meteorites from Mars were formed by cooling magma, not left by ancient alien microbes” to be “good news and bad news for astrobiologists.”  MacGregor Campbell’s headline read, quizzically, “Bottled carbon from Mars bodes well for ancient aliens.”  Campbell quoted a researcher who brought the lava, like Lazarus, from the dead with a word: “The presence of organic carbon at or near the Martian surface provides a potential nutrient source for putative life.”    The ending paragraph, which mentions St. Paul, would probably make the creationist saint roll over in his tomb:“Perhaps the formation of prebiotic chemistry on Mars was as simple as cooling of Martian lavas,” says Marc Hirschmann, a planetary scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, who was not involved in the research. “It reinforces the idea that early Mars may have been ripe for the development of life.“National Geographic topped off the lava-lamp theory of life (9/17/2003) by suggesting that Earth life came from volcanoes, too.  “Magma Rise Sparked Life as We Know It?” Reporter Ken Croswell  began.  “Shift in planet’s volcanoes flooded Earth with oxygen, study says.”  He even deduced the middle ages: “First, though, the rise of oxygen subjected our planet to a mid-life crisis: Oxygen readily reacts with methane, a greenhouse gas that had been warming the world before the oxidation event,”  he ended.  “With a drop in atmospheric methane, Earth and its inhabitants suffered the planet’s first major ice age.”  Nevertheless, like Campbell agreed, just having the potential molecules, whether carbon or oxygen, makes a planet ripe for putative life.While we’re at the Game of Life, why not just define volcanoes as alive already?  Charles Lineweaver, in an interview for New Scientist, lamented the typical woes of defining life, so he “moved the bar” a little with a provocative definition of his own.  Asked how he would define life, he answered, “To the extent that the question makes sense, as a ‘far-from-equilibrium dissipative system’.”  When confronted with the fact that this makes hurricanes and stars (and presumably volcanoes) alive, he responded, “I’m moving the bar in what I consider to be a reasonable way. People should be disappointed, not at my moving the bar, but in the unrealistic expectation that there should be a bar where we have traditionally placed it.”Unexpectedly, Lineweaver scoffed at the idea that life can be defined as something that undergoes Darwinian evolution.  “We pretend that makes sense, but if you look it makes no sense at all,” he remarked.  “What is the unit of Darwinian evolution? Is it the gene? Is it the cell? Is it a multicellular organism? Is a city evolving? How about Gaia? Is that a life form?”  Perhaps allowing a star, hurricane or volcano to qualify as life forms has the advantage of legitimizing Astrobiology and making the search for life on Mars a lot easier.  Just don’t ask Lineweaver what the unit of a far-from-equilibrium dissipative system is.This is more evidence that evolutionists are really animists and pantheists.  They turn lava lakes into gardens of Eden.  Just add water; just add lava; just add oxygen — all dead things –  and what happens?  Emergence. “Some two billion years later, Earth’s oxygen-rich air allowed animals—including humans—to emerge and thrive,” Croswell wrote.  The universe is brimming with a life force, a potentiality that permeates space and time, filling volcanoes and meteorites with putative possibilities, accumulating building blocks of life so that the Unseen Hand of Evolution, the Tinkerer, Gaia, or whatever (doesn’t need to make any sense at all), can work behind the scenes in some mysterious, unguided way.  But the Unseen Hand is not allowed to act until the Spirit of Charlie, hovering over the surface of the lavas, shouts: “Come forth!  Emerge!  Arise!  Be fruitful and multiply!”Maybe these reporters think the facts would be pretty boring without the L-word tossed in.  Maybe they want to protect funding for Astrobiology (the science in search of a subject) in spite of bad news like this.  Maybe they’re blind to their own biases.  Whatever it is, they’re funny.last_img read more

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South Africa’s Formula One great

first_img30 November 2005Ferraris, designed by South African Rory Byrne, have dominated the sport of Formula One in recent years, winning five consecutive World Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships.A former student, Byrne was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.He was honoured for his contribution to the sport of motor racing, and for putting South Africa on the world motor-racing map.A lifetime in motor racingDespite not having an engineering background, Pretoria-born Byrne has been one of the most successful designers of Formula One racing cars ever, having won six World Constructor’s Championships, including five consecutively.He has spent a lifetime in motor racing, starting a company called “Auto Racing and Speed Den” not long after graduating with a BSc in chemistry and applied mathematics in 1964.“It took me, from the time I started in motor racing to the time I started designing for Ferrari, about 31 years,” he said, speaking to the media before the award.Those years saw him rise through the ranks of South Africa’s Formula Ford Championship before joining Britain’s Royale company, where he designed the 1974 Super Vee cars.First world championshipHe made the step up to Formula One in 1982, when Toleman racing moved into the premier motor sports league. The company was bought out by Bennetton in 1985. Here he began working with a technical director, Ross Brawn, and a promising young driver, Michael Schumacher.It was with this team that Byrne won his first Formula One world championship, the 1994 Driver’s Championship. They repeated the feat in 1995, this time winning the Constructor’s Championship too.Ferrari’s yearsIt has been with Ferrari, however, that Byrne has won the most recognition and acclaim. Schumacher and Brawn moved to Ferrari, then struggling in the middle of the pack, in 1996. Byrne joined them the following year.Reunited, they went on to completely dominate the sport of Formula One in the last few years. Ferrari won both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships for five successive years between 2000 and 2004.In 2002, Ferrari won all but two of the 17 races in the season.‘Engineering exercise’At Ferrari Byrne leads a team of over 100 engineers, all highly specialised at fine-tuning all areas of the cars. Byrne is ultimately responsible for thousands of decisions that all help to shave hundredths of a second off the lap times, and keep them ahead on the opposition.“Motor racing is, essentially, an engineering exercise,” Byrne said.His lack of an engineering background has certainly not been a handicap, although he said he’s “had to pick up along the way.”Byrne’s contract with the Ferrari team will expire in February 2007, when he expects he will retire. Perhaps then, he said, he will be able to visit South Africa more frequently. He plans to settle with his wife and son in Phuket, Thailand, where they are building a holiday resort.“Motor racing is just like life,” said Byrne, “Only it happens 10 times faster.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Radio in South Africa

first_imgRadio services are broadcast in all 11 official languages, as well as in German, Hindi, Portuguese and the San Bushmanlanguages of !Xu and Khwe. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)Cheap, portable and requiring no literacy, radio has long been the most accessed form of media in South Africa, reaching beyond urban centres deep into the poorest and most remote rural areas. There is one radio set for every five South Africans: an estimated 10 million radios (and listeners many times that number) in a population of some 48 million.Programming is dominated by music – contemporary, traditional, gospel and classic – but includes phone-in talk and current affairs, as well as local news and information broadcast on the country’s community stations.All 11 of South Africa’s official languages get airtime, as well as German, Hindi, Portuguese and the San Bushman languages of !Xu and Khwe.South African radio falls into three broad categories:public service radio broadcast by the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporationcommercial radiocommunity radioRadio is available on the airwaves, via satellite and on the internet. Live audio streaming from most stations is provided by AntRadio.Regulating the industrySouth African broadcasting is regulated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Icasa’s mandate is to:issue broadcast licencesensure universal service and accessmonitor the industry and enforce compliance with rules, regulations and policieshear disputes brought by industry or members of the public against licenseesplan, control and manage the frequency spectrumprotect consumers from unfair business practicesIcasa websiteThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a non-profit grouping of organisations and individuals working in broadcasting and related industries. NAB helps the industry regulate and promote itself, grounded in the principles of democracy, diversity and freedom of expression.National Association of Broadcasters websiteThe Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA), set up by NAB in 1993, adjudicates and mediates complaints against any broadcaster who has signed its code of conduct.The BCCSA is entirely independent of NAB and broadcasters, with commissioners appointed by an independent panel, chaired by a retired judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.Broadcasting Complaints Commission websitePublic service radioThe country’s public service broadcaster is the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). While wholly owned by the state, the corporation is financially independent of taxpayers’ money, deriving its income from advertising and licence fees in a ratio of four to one.The SABC’s mandate is to provide both a commercial and public service, each administered separately, with commercial radio stations subsidising the public service stations. The corporation’s commercial stations include 5FM, a national youth music station, Metro FM, a music station targeting black urban youth, and Channel Africa, which broadcasts across the continent in a number of languages.The corporation’s public broadcasting arm includes cultural services in all 11 official languages, as well as stations for South Africa’s Indian (Lotus FM) and San (X-K FM) communities. By far the largest radio station in South Africa is Ukhozi FM, the SABC’s isiZulu cultural service, with 6.38-million listeners a week.SABC websiteCommercial radioIn the apartheid era South Africa had only two independent radio stations: Radio 702 and Capital Radio. With the deregulation and liberalisation of broadcasting in the late 1990s, the number of commercial stations operating outside of SABC control proliferated.In 1996 six lucrative SABC stations were privatised: Gauteng’s Highveld Stereo and Radio Jacaranda, KwaZulu-Natal’s East Coast Radio, the Western Cape’s KFM, the Eastern Cape’s Radio Algoa and the Free State’s OFM. The government raised over R500-million as the stations were licensed to various black-controlled groups.In early 1997 eight new commercial radio licences were granted for broadcasting in South Africa’s three biggest cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Applicants targeting black audiences with new formats were generally favoured, with two “smooth jazz” licences, Heart 104.9 in Cape Town and Igagasi 99.5 in Durban; one urban youth station, YFM; and one urban contemporary station, Kaya FM. The remaining four licences went to an English-language talk station, Cape Talk; two Afrikaans talk stations, Punt in Cape Town and Durban; and a classical music station, Classic FM.Community radioFrom 1992 onwards, Icasa processed hundreds of community radio licence applications from groups as diverse as rural women’s cooperatives, Afrikaans communities and religious bodies.South Africa now has over 200 community stations, broadcast in many different languages. Their scope and reach varies enormously – from the half-a-million Johannesburg residents who tune in to Jozi FM to the thousand or so people who listen to Ilitha Community Radio in the Eastern Cape town of Maclear.Community radio struggles to access financing in the form of advertising, so it is dependent on local and international donor agencies and the government for its finance. This has a certain impact on its impartiality and independence.Nonetheless, community radio remains important for entrenching democracy at local level, as well as helping spread education and community spirit. It is a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesThe media in South AfricaSouth Africa onlineSouth African televisionSouth Africa’s commercial radio stationsSouth Africa’s public broadcasting radio stationsSouth Africa’s community radio stationsUseful linksAnt RadioBroadcasting Complaints Commission of South AfricaDepartment of CommunicationsFreedom of Expression InstituteIndyMedia South AfricaInstitute for the Advancement of JournalismJournalism.co.zaMedia Development and Diversity AgencyMedia Institute of Southern AfricaNational Association of BroadcastersNational Community Radio ForumPrimediaSouth African Advertising Research FoundationSouth African Broadcasting CorporationSouth African National Editors Forumlast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 30, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-30-17We are looking for a better weather to start the week. We have a warm front sitting off to the west in IL and WI that will try and move east through the day today. We don’t think this will yield a full out warm front passage all the way over here in Ohio, but it will be a nudge in the right directions. Winds have a hard time doing more than turning west today, and we will not see significant warming, just temps moderating a bit today after the cold weekend. . Sunshine probably plays the biggest role in getting us a little farther away from those cold temps. We have no significant weather action today or tomorrow outside of sunshine.We had been looking for our next front to move in here for Wednesday. That front is slowing just a bit, and the rains could be drawn out. Most of Wednesday will be dry, but clouds build. Then we see better rain chances overnight Wednesday night and Thursday, but the action is really only hit and miss. The best rain potential comes early Friday morning, when the front finally ends up crossing the state, and giving better rain coverage. At this time, the best way to play this system is to plan for some hit and miss action as early as Wednesday evening. Rain totals will be (combined through Friday midday) at .1”-.7” with coverage at 80% of the state.We dry down to finish Friday, and Saturday looks good as well with minor high pressure passing quickly through. But, we have a big, nasty weather system coming in shortly after.We have been talking about a system for the 5th through the 7th for nearly a week now, and it is still headed this way. Action breaks out overnight Saturday night through the day Sunday. It will be hit and miss, and there will be plenty of breaks in the action. A big lull settles in for Monday, and then we get waylaid again for Tuesday. The first wave is minor with a few hundredths to perhaps half an inch Saturday night through Sunday. The Monday night Tuesday event has half to 1.5” rain potential with it, and we could see some thunderstorms if the timing is right. This is a big event, and looks to stretch one more day longer than our initial forecast was talking last week. That is mostly due to a slowing front, and a stretching of the precipitation over a larger geographic area. Still, it will be a significant rain event, and will bring field work potential to a halt. The map above shows 6 day rain totals that encompass the strong system this weekend through midweek next week.Colder air comes in behind that storm complex, and we retreat back to near normal levels. WE should be dry from the 8th on into the start of the extended period. In the extended forecast window, we are watching a strong storm complex exiting the central and southern plains around the 11th into the 12th. Right now, there appears to be potential for that system to miss us to the south. However we think that the system will track farther north as we get closer to the event, so we are looking at another potential big rain maker for those days here, particularly over the southern third of the state.last_img read more

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Zynga’s Four Biggest Problems

first_imgdave copeland 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App There’s trouble in CityVille. Six months after Zynga said it would decrease its reliance on Facebook for the bulk of its revenue, the publisher of the social network’s most popular games is still struggling. But Zynga’s problems run deeper than over-reliance on Facebook. For one thing, the two companies can’t even agree on the number of people playing games on the social network. Last month, Zynga told investors the tally shrank by 16% between April 1 and June 30. Facebook fired back, saying the number was keeping pace with overall user growth, jumping to 235 million in July, up from 205 million a year ago.There’s a bigger issue at play, however. Zynga still dominates the Facebook game market, having owned or developed six of the top 10 games in July. But those rankings mean nothing to Wall Street investors if Zynga can’t convert them into revenue growth.A lot has been made about Facebook’s move to diversify its own revenue stream by making easire for other developers to offer games. But some of Zynga’s biggest challenges cut to the core of the game maker itself. These are the most critical:(1) Zynga Needs Another HitIt’s telling that the standard description of Zynga in the business press refers to the company as “the maker of the popular Facebook game FarmVille.” Those journalists should be calling it the “once-popular Facebook game.”The number of monthly active Facebook users playing FarmVille peaked in June at 83 million. By the end of last year, it had plummeted to 33.9 million.(2) Facebook No Longer Promotes Games on Players’ WallsThat drop in monthly-active users is partly Facebook’s fault, according to William Volk, chief creative officer of the social media game developer PlayScreen. More than a year ago, Facebook changed the way apps could promote their offerings through posts made automatically to users’ walls.“While users may have disliked all the wall posts about the games, they made the cost of user acquisition lower than the lifetime value of users on that platform. Both Zynga and Facebook are feeling the after-effects of these changes,” Volk said. “It’s simply very expensive to promote Facebook games, even with the benefit of a large user base.”(3) Players Don’t PayZynga stuck with the freemium model when many other game makers went to the consumption model, making users pay for the time they spent playing. Volk doesn’t see the freemium model as a viable option going forward, and Zynga’s own numbers back him up: Fewer than 2% of players of all its games are paying customers.(4) Zynga Lacks an Effective Mobile StrategyBeing bigger won’t help Zynga as more eyeballs migrate to smartphones and tablets. Being small and nimble is often an advantage in the mobile game market, where some 250,000 games compete for attention.And Zynga’s one big chance to excel in mobile has become an afterthought. Zynga acquired the company that developed the mobile diversion Draw Something in April for $180 million, right when it peaked at 14.5 million daily users. Since then, Draw Something has steadily fallen in both popularity and potential. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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