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Ocean City Chamber Pumps Up Social Media Campaign

May 2, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yzhnxslpc.

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has increased its social media platform to attract even more visitors to “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Over the last year, e-marketing strategies designed to boost tourism seem to be working, according to a report by Shawnda McGinnis during the Chamber’s Business Summit Oct. 4 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.“It has been a very busy season for the Chamber,” said McGinnis, the Chamber’s marketing director.She noted that in addition to more web traffic from visitors to the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, the Ocean City App, which was launched last year, has seen a significant increase in users from 9,000 to 16,000.“People are becoming more tech-savvy,” McGinnis said. “The world is a changing place.”Marketing Director of the Chamber Shawnda McGinnis says the Chamber is seeing a big increase in traffic to the website and Facebook and there are more Ocean City App users.The app features things to do in Ocean City, highlights businesses, and by the end of the year, will offer consumers a way to do cash-free transactions. Ken Wisnefski, owner of the digital marketing company WebiMax, who is also the owner of OCNJDaily.com, has been working with the Chamber on creating the new feature.Wisnefski noted in his report at the summit that the cash-free feature is a way to provide more convenience to shoppers and attract millennials to Ocean City. Often, he said, younger consumers leave cash at home and opt for cards. With the app, they can purchase items from participating merchants.McGinnis said the app has been used for virtually everything this summer. People most often use it to check the calendar of events and learn all that is offered at local businesses.She said the option for cash-free purchases has been received positively by visitors and business owners, who feel it is a reflection of the times.The Ocean City App has been a hit so far and officials are hoping with new features it will gain more users.In addition to the growing use of the app, McGinnis outlined the number of phone calls made during a year to the city’s Welcome Center.“We field more than 100,000 phone calls,” she said.The Chamber also sends out emails to visitors and residents who sign up for the feature. The emails provide useful information about events and businesses. Currently, there are 150,000 people on the list.The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com gives Chamber members a reason to be pleased, McGinnis said. To date, there are more than 800,000 sessions and of those views, the top pages are the calendar of events and things to do. She noted that visitors to the website are primarily from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Facebook pageThe number of followers for the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts also continues to grow, McGinnis said.While the focus continues to be social media platforms and expanding the app, McGinnis said more traditional forms of advertising, including the Visitors Guide, remain vital parts of the marketing strategy.During the summit, restaurant owner and president of the Downtown Merchants Association, Patty Talese, told the audience that Ocean City continues to use digital, TV, print, billboards, mailings and other marketing tools to showcase Ocean City.Google display ads are a new addition to the Chamber’s marketing strategy. Facebook also continues to drive brand awareness, Talese pointed out.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian addresses the audience at the Business Summit.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian noted at the summit that tourism is vital to Cape May County, which is why it is so important to stay current and offer visitors and residents as many activities and conveniences as possible.“We want you all to walk with us. This is a new age. We are looking to benefit the business community. We are here for you,” Gillian told the room filled with business owners. “We want to be at the forefront. We want businesses to thrive and hope the businesses come along with us.”For more information visit www.OceanCityVacation.com or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation. This is where Ocean City officials went to meet up with Martin Z. Mollusk while using social distancing. last_img read more

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Inside The Rapidly-Rising, Bubble-Bursting Culture Of Music Festivals

March 2, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgThere are few experiences that can top a music festival weekend.Something that was once a counterculture, hippie escape from the lulls of the rat race is now a key cog in mainstream society and almost a rite of passage for young people. And make no mistake, the exponential growth of the scene has been nothing short of extraordinary.According to Nielsen Music, in 2014, 32 million people attended at least one music festival, and nearly half of them were millennials.That statistic is particularly telling, because it explains the heavy amount of sponsorship dollars that flow into these events, seeking the approval of the most desirable demographic on the market. An AEG, LLC report said that North American-based companies spent $1.34 billion sponsoring music venues, festivals and tours in 2014, and that number has increased like clockwork over the past five years. Anheuser-Busch was responsible for a third of it.These days we have over 800 festivals to choose from, and that number is constantly changing. Still visible in the rear-view mirror are the years when regionally-based offerings like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Sasquatch! and Austin City Limits (ACL) were all that we had.While each festival had its own unique aesthetic, at the core, they were all the same. They provided a rare opportunity to separate from society and submerge in another world, where you could explore the simplest pleasures in life without judgment or consequence.A decade ago, there were no smart phones or selfie sticks in the air — just hands and gravity-friendly fans seeking a better view. Social media hadn’t been invented yet. Silent disco was the only way you could describe the 3 a.m., music-less dance party at your neighbor’s campsite.Festivalgoers had nothing but good vibes, memories and stories to take home. They fostered communal relationships and created festival families through shared experiences that brought them back each year. Thankfully, those elements have not and will not change.But it’s not all sunshine and smiles. Behind the scenes, the economics of this boom have created a hierarchy that’s replaced grassroots events with corporate ones, as entities like AEG and Live Nation have become major players. We’ve seen many familiar and beloved staples fall by the wayside at a much higher rate since.So, how did all this happen? What factors sparked this exponential boom? And beyond that, what are the effects — both good and bad — of this seemingly oversaturated space?In an attempt to answer these questions, we spoke with industry members on different sides of the phenomenon to gain some perspective on the fascinating and rapid evolution of music festivals in the 21st century.FROM LAST LINE TO HEADLINEAs Umphrey’s McGee was picking up steam in South Bend, Indiana in the late-1990s, getting to play music festivals was a priority.It’s a strategy many bands employ early in their career, and UM was no different, hoping to put their progressive rock jams in front of larger audiences in new markets. After UM built a respectable network, the doors were opened to Quincy, California’s High Sierra Music Fest in 2001.“That was our first glimpse into what the festival world was and, of course, a year later Bonnaroo happened,” said UM keyboardist Joel Cummins. “At least — for our scene — that felt like it really changed everything.”The inaugural Bonnaroo was a much different animal than its present-day form. In 2002, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, The String Cheese Incident and Phil Lesh stood atop the lineup. Its supporting cast resembled something more akin to Mountain Jam or Summer Camp.The first Bonnaroo SuperJam consisted of Michael Kang from SCI, Béla Fleck, and Robert Randolph. To put that in perspective, last year’s ensemble featured over a dozen artists including Pretty Lights, Run DMC, Rob Trujillo (Metallica), and Chance the Rapper. Cummins was actually part of the SuperJam madness in 2014.With 70,000 people attending the ‘02 Bonnaroo, that afternoon set provided one of the largest crowds UM had ever played in front of. What made it even better was that it was at a festival with a cohesive, complementary lineup that reeled in an audience that embraced their sound.“The difference between a festival, which we call a soft-ticket play, versus an ‘Evening with Umphrey’s McGee’, is somebody’s buying a ticket just to come see you at a club or theater,” said UM manager Kevin Browning. “At a festival, that’s part of the experience. You pay one price and you go and you’re excited about the bands that you’re excited about, but it’s also an opportunity to discover. For us, that was huge because it’s hard to get the word out. It was hard then and it’s hard now. If you’re good enough and you’re entertaining enough, when you go play these places and there’s new ears and eyes — we gained a lot of fans over the years from those festivals.”The rise of UM has been on a parallel path beside American music festivals, as the infrastructure beyond the gates flung them from their beaten path onto the paved one. They went from a last-line Bonnaroo artist to a festival headliner and a band that could sell out arenas and fill amphitheaters.FROM COUNTERCULTURE TO SUBCULTUREThere’s no correct or, for that matter, simple answer as to what caused the music festival boom. What is clear is that there are a number of factors that created this live music super cell.The most glaring of them is money. As ticket prices have soared, so have the profits.Complex Magazine reported that in 2014, in terms of gross revenue, Electric Daisy Carnival generated $322 million and Coachella raised $254 million. Ultra, which had nearly 200 less artists than its West Coast peers, was able to bring in $200 million.“You see the opportunity that promoters saw in large-scale events like this. They’re high-risk but they’re very high reward,” Browning explained. “From a promoter’s standpoint, if they’re doing hundreds of shows a year at bars and clubs and whatnot, the margins on a festival are a lot better than the margins on a club show. Everybody wants to throw cool events and everyone wants to throw parties, and at the end of the day, it became clear that people want to go to live music festivals and there was a demand that wasn’t being met based on the amount of traffic that they could support.”Advancements in mobile technology and the rise of social media have also played a massive role in filling out these events . Following artists and the entire music scene has never been easier, thanks to blogs (like this one) and social media platforms.Listening to music and expanding one’s palate has become an instantaneous exercise with a few swipes and thumb punches on a smart phone standing in the way. As the artist impressions stack up, so does our desire to see them beyond the screen.Since our networks are accessible within our pocket, the subconscious fear of missing out has become a potent undercurrent within the culture. Festivals like Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Hangout began putting on live broadcasts and, since then, it’s become an integral part of extending their reach. Recap videos have become a trademarked part of the experience, helping relive the scenes and moments in a different perspective days and weeks after they’re over.Festivals offer a perfectly-packaged, sharable experience that can be linked to a hashtag and sent out into the world in a matter of seconds, creating a conversation without borders. The first weekend of Coachella 2015 garnered 3.5 million tweets. #WarpedTour was used more than 1.2 million times on Instagram last year.This technological revolution isn’t limited to our end, either. Production capabilities have bolstered performance standards, creating countless ways to deliver music that touches on all our senses.Producers and DJs have become so talented and so undeniable that electronic dance music has come out of the warehouses and into the daylight, transforming the festival culture.The IMS Business Report 2015 stated that the EDM market had reached an eye-popping $6.9 billion, and 26 percent of all nightlife events around the world were EDM related.So it’s no coincidence that some of the largest and most lucrative festivals on the planet are centered around EDM and, as it’s evolved, the drug movement that followed is simply a natural progression of it.Like LSD was to the 1960s and ‘70s, MDMA is to the right now.“This is basically the mass commercialization of an underground culture that was already alive and well,” Browning said. “There’s no doubt (the EDM) scene has been responsible for a ton of the growth, because you’re talking about a captive audience that has a relatively large disposable amount of income and they like to come together and do drugs and that was apparent to (many successful promoters out there).”For UM, climbing lineups required some sonic evolution as society’s preferences began to change. They never made a conscious effort to change their sound, but there was some natural selection involved. The desire to experiment and incorporate different equipment opened the doors to untapped electronic potential with the band’s improvisation.Many of those elements gave way to originals like “Cemetery Walk II” or “Day Nurse,” and helped UM feel comfortable in festivals like Counterpoint and Electric Forest.“I love the fact that we can cross-pollinate here and do events like Summer Camp in Illinois that are still very rooted in the live music thing … or we can be just as much as home in a more electronic environment,” Cummins said. “For that matter, I can say that we’d be just as comfortable doing an acoustic set at Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I think our versatility is something that’s really helped us continue to prosper in the festival game.”UM is just one small piece of the overall scale that began tipping toward that world.Purple Hat Production’s Paul Levine, one of the biggest forces behind Florida’s Spirit of Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP), who’s been putting on shows for more than two decades, has had a front-row seat to this shift.Levine’s view of the EDM takeover echoes Cummins’ analogy of it being a “gateway drug to more of the live performances.”“It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but people just want to dance, and that music appeals to them. Some EDM appeals to really young people, but when we were all young, we had to be introduced to music in a certain way. Some of it is more sophisticated (than others),” said Levine. “Whatever gets people out to music festivals, hopefully they have an opportunity to be exposed to lots of new things. As people grow up, their tastes evolve. Some will be EDM fans for life and some may move on from that and start loving folk music or afrobeat — who knows. What I’m seeing is a lot of music fans that like all sorts of music so I think it’s important that, as time goes on, everybody is more open-minded to new music, new mediums, and new forms of creativity.”And that might be the most important place to look — at the communal mindset of people who go to festivals.“It’s generally good-willed people,” Cummins said. “I think it starts with the notion of the band, a group of musicians who are trying to create something together that is bigger than the sum of the parts … there’s some sort of interaction between the band and the audience that can be this really magical, powerful thing.”Beyond the social media or opportunities to eat drugs or chase experiences, it’s the unique chance to bond through live music with other like-minded people that’s bringing festival fans back for more.“There really is a special love that’s there that’s not the same for a big Metallica festival (for example). There’s a little more aggression and a little more angst and a little more frustration that people are taking out, and our music seems to be based on more of the ‘love your brothers and sisters’ model,” Cummins said. “In today’s times it’s become even more important and relevant. There’s just so much hate and awful bigotry out there in the world, and music is really something that brings people of all different beliefs and ethnicities and all this together. They can come together and embrace something and enjoy something without having to judge. I wish that more people were able to experience that and be able to feel that and be a part of something. The world would definitely a better place.”EFFECTS OF AN OVERSATURATED FESTIVAL SCENEObviously, there’s a cost associated with everything and, like every space that sees exponential growth, there are positive and negatives that follow.As the number of festivals continued to rise in the late-2000s, the competition and pricing market amongst them became more intense.That’s not just on tickets, either. Booking artists became increasingly difficult as the country became more densely populated with music fests. A contract’s radius clause, which limit shows an artist can play within a certain time and distance of an event, made the selection process a delicate balancing act.Naturally, the deeper the pockets a production company has, the more likely they are to win the battle.“Everyone wants to have a festival. The reason there’s so many and — particularly the big ones — there’s a lot of corporate money and sponsorship dollars (invested),” Levine said. “Businesses are putting up large amounts of money to do certain things and perhaps overpaying artists, which inflates the price structure. It’s become harder and harder for smaller, grassroots promoters to get fairer deals on headliners because they don’t have as much buying power as the bigger interests.”That’s diminished the complementary nature the festival circuit once had, and the hierarchy that’s followed has affected the sustainability of smaller, boutique events.The last year alone we’ve seen many longtime staples and household names in their respective corners of the country shut down.On June 24, 2015, one of the most beloved festivals in the Southeast, Bear Creek, had to cancel its ninth installment at SOSMP. Specifics weren’t provided with the announcement, but it’s not far-fetched to imagine the potency of Suwannee Hulaween, which drew in 20,000 people last fall, played a role. BC even tried to change its date to the first weekend in October, but it wasn’t enough to keep it afloat.Phases of the Moon moved from the headache that was Danville, Illinois to Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas for its second year, but went down in flames in September, citing “a significant number of unforeseen obstacles, including the continued closure of the only road leading into the festival site.”In the aftermath, Pipeline Productions failed to refund tickets within the 90-day window it promised, which indicated financial woes were likely to blame. According to the ongoing discussion on the Phases Facebook page, many ticket buyers have still not received refunds.That situation has even affected Pipeline’s most successful event, Wakarusa, which, after 12 years, recently announced that it will not take place in 2016. The December announcement stated that the company “was significantly damaged by partners claiming to share our vision. Sadly, they lied. They are being dealt with appropriately through the legal system.”After nearly two decades, All Good Festival announced its retirement and that it would be devolving into a two-day event at Merriweather Post Pavilion in July.“You hate to see something that’s established go, but there’s only room for so many players,” Browning said. “It’s a cutthroat world out there.”But even some of the biggest events in the country aren’t immune to the unsympathetic ways of the festival market.TomorrowWorld — one of the largest EDM festivals in the country that reeled in more than $85 million in revenue in 2014 — is not happening this year, stating last week that “unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve.”TomorrowWorld came under fire on its swing day last year, after thousands of single-day festivalgoers were stranded without food, water and shelter overnight because weather conditions made roads into the festival grounds unsafe. In fear of a repeat, the festival closed the third day off to commuters, which led to refunds of 150,000 tickets for Sunday.No matter how big or how small, any festival can go under in this climate. Whether it is competition, poor money management, a disjointed lineup, a failed location change, or a haphazard planning — as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.As ugly as the economics and the corporatization of music fests might be, their existence still transcends all of the negative things that might be happening at the top.Sure, smaller festivals are becoming obsolete, but Browning doesn’t believe the oversaturation of the scene is detracting from the end-goal that inspired it.“I’m not overly-cynical about it because ultimately the experience that one person has or a group of friends has is no less powerful if it’s at an event with 1,000 people in rural Arkansas or with 100,000 people at Lollapalooza in downtown Chicago,” he said. “You’re creating moments and memories with your crew. I don’t value the experiential elements of the bigger, wealthier festivals as better than the small, more intimate, less-funded ones. It’s entirely up to the music fan. It’s what gets them off and that’s all that matters.”The festival landscape is constantly changing, and we’ll be saying goodbye to sacred grounds where countless memories were forged each and every year.For a day or maybe a week after the news breaks, we’ll reconnect with those who were with us that weekend and mourn the loss, but eventually we’ll move on because the beautiful thing about this explosion is that there’s another festival we’ve considered going to and a new lineup announcement to gush over next week.It might not be as intimate as Bear Creek or as inviting as All Good, but with your festival crew nearby, cold drink in-hand and good music on-stage, it’s still going to be one hell of a weekend.[Photos reprinted, by Dave Vann, Phierce Photo, and Patrick Hughes]last_img read more

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Man City have financial muscle to pull off Messi deal, says COO Berrada

October 19, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_img“He’s the best player in the world, he’s the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team,” Omar Berrada told Manchester Evening News.”He’s probably an exception to potential investments that we’d do… but our planning has been done with this current squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have.”For every single position we have to be prepared because there can be so many things that can happen but, at the same time, I think we have the financial strength and system ability to make that investment when required.”Topics : Manchester City will be in a position to sign Lionel Messi if the opportunity presents itself next season, the Premier League club’s chief operating officer said.City were the frontrunners to land Messi’s services after the 33-year-old Argentine handed Barcelona an official notice in August of his desire to terminate his contract.However, the six-times world player of the year eventually decided to stay in Spain for the coming season, the last on his current deal, as he did not want to face a legal battle with the club he joined as a teenager and with whom he has amassed more than 30 major trophies.last_img read more

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Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica

September 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 23 Views   one commentcenter_img Share LocalNews Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica by: – April 2, 2012 Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks speaking at the UWI Dominica Open Campus recognition ceremony for graduates last week Thursday.A High Court judge has issued a plea to the government of Dominica to consider establishing a juvenile center on the island.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks issued that appeal at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes at the High Court of Justice on Monday.There are 12 juveniles forming part of the male population 3 of whom are convicted and 9 who are on remand.“I am sending out a plea for the consideration of the establishment of a juvenile detention facility for young offenders. I am not prepared to deal with juveniles unless they are charged with murder, jointly charged with an adult, as an adult or with treason”.She also urged lawyers to “stand their ground in the Magistrate Court” and insist that matters involving juveniles are dealt with by a magistrate.She also highlighted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Dominica is a signatory to noting that it advocates for the protection of children’s rights, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.The January 2012 Criminal Assizes officially closed after completing two cases, aborting two and traversing a number of cases to the May Criminal Assizes.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted with “regret” the number of matters which had to be traversed through no fault of the Court.The two completed cases were the State verses Manuela Williams, Loretta Xavier and Herbert Xavier who each received a 15 year sentence after they were found guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere in 2010 and Kenrick Tyson who received a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering Cecil James in Concord in 2009.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also announced that she is in the process of preparing a “white paper” which she will present to media practitioners on the “do’s and don’t’s of court reporting”.She explained her reason for creating such a document is to motivate “responsible and accurate” media reporting on the island.The May Criminal Assizes is scheduled to commence on May 8th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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American Promoter Hails Britain Boxing Revolution

September 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_img“I think Stephen is reflective of that quality – he’s No 1 contender for a reason. He earned it. He’s not a joke or a political situation – he earned the right to fight Pedraza.“I think every British fighter out there fighting for a title is dangerous because they’re all watching what’s going on around them. It’s like a British boxing revolution. It’s pretty amazing what you guys are doing over there.“Stephen thinks he can win and he’s here to win. You guys are hot. Right now, there is no country in the world hotter than Great Britain. You have more world champions than any place else.“You have a Brit fighting for a world title and it’s one of the Smith brothers. It’s one of the great fighting families to ever come out of the UK with a 154lb champ, a 168lb European champ, a world title contender and now ‘Swifty trying to win a world title against Jose Pedraza.“It’s a terrific match-up. He’s a legitimate No 1 contender and is trying to bring another championship back to Great Britain, to Liverpool and to his family. I think people should tune in because that’s a great fight.”Also on the bill is a potential future opponent for Wales’ IBF featherweight king Lee Selby – WBC holder Gary Russell Jr (26-1-KO15), who fights Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1-KO15)DiBella added: “I’m sure you guys can root for a guy from Ireland, too, in Patrick Hyland.“He’s had an amazingly difficult year, is a really inspirational young man. He’s got his hands full with one of the fastest, most athletic champions in boxing in Gary Russell Jr.“Patrick is going to bring the fight. He has a lot to be fighting for. He’s focused. Everything he has, he’s going to be laying out there. When you have those kind of matches, you want to be staying up and watching them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of today’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut, live on Sky Sports.DiBella told Sky Sports: “The quality of British boxing right now is, I think at an all-time high.last_img read more

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11 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Our Area, 65 New Recoveries

August 13, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: egielqmer.
first_imgButler106286.550.868852459 Area Total15136569.930.7316247582 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Hancock122 Franklin191674.890.7892561983 Kossuth60958.330.6666666667 Butler1221 Wright414787.360.8752642706 Total % Recovered Cerro Gordo6346 Cases4918649000186 Hancock107583.470.8770491803 Worth66` Mitchell78 MASON CITY- There were 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported in our listening area from Monday into Tuesday. We also had 65 new recoveries and no new hospitalizations reported in the 24 hour period. Statewide, we saw four new deaths and 186 new cases bringing the statewide total to 49,186. See stats below. Worth34341.530.5151515152 Winnebago84 Franklin10 Deaths9359314 Area Total34 Kossuth90 Mitchell6785.890.858974359center_img Winnebago51158.440.6071428571 Cerro Gordo3731853.850.5883280757 Floyd2 Kossuth Deaths Cerro Gordo17 Franklin2421 Area Total206811 RecoveredNew Recovered Winnebago State numbers Mitchell Hancock2 Wright1 Worth Butler2 Floyd1101464.820.7006369427 Floyd1572 Wright4731 Recovered3798137247734last_img

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Armed men invade Chinese supermarket

January 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_img…escape with large sum of cashThree armed men in the wee hours of Tuesday morning executed a daring robbery on the owner of the popular Real Value Supermarket, Church Street, Georgetown.Jun Wong of Lot 246 Church and Thomas Streets, Georgetown, was relieved of an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency by three bandits.Based on Police preliminary investigations, the incident occurred between 03:00h and 04:15h. The bandits gained access to the building through a door that wasReal Value Supermarketopen.Upon gaining entry, the men – all armed with handguns – woke up the 40-year-old owner and demanded that he open the safe that contained the money.Wong reportedly put up resistance but was dealt several blows, held and gunpoint and forced to open the safe. The Chinese national eventually opened the safe thus allowing the men to collect the money.They escaped by opening the main access door to the supermarket and entered a waiting motorcar. The Police were contacted and an investigation was launched.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander when contacted told Guyana Times that the Police are conducting their preliminary investigations and the detectives are looking at the possibility of collecting the recordings from the CCTV footage from the nearby buildings.No arrests were made. Only recently, the Police reported that armed robberies were up by a whopping 25 per cent at the end of July when compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

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