The Wisroc community at Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is one of the most recent to benefit from an Information Communication Technology hub. Located at the Stacy Walters Library, this newest hub is equipped with 10 laptop computers and Internet access.According to Senior Social Management Officer of the National Data Management Authority, Jasmaine Payne, the main aim of the initiative is to ensure online access to Government services.“One of our main missions is to ensure that we bring Government services online; and so the ITC hubs that we have across the country — this will be the 128th across the country — will help to first give access to poor, hinterland and remote communities…“We have been working over the last several years to ensure that we bring these services to the communities, so that when we bring Government services online, they already have access,” she explained.While such hubs are usually placed in Government-owned buildings, calls have been made for collaboration with non-governmental organisations so as to take the service to more communities. Owner of the library, overseas-based Guyanese Ingrid Walters, has said she is pleased to have the hub situated at the location. The library is utilised mainly by residents of Wisroc.“I’m very pleased that the Government has stepped up and decided that they are going to do something with this building, like utilising some of the space we have here. It’s very expensive for me to keep filling this place with books. I’m overwhelmed”, she said. The hub will be managed by a committee which is expected to ensure smooth operation.
Well, it finally happened. One of Destiny players’ worst fears — whether rational or not — has come true. Starting Tuesday, October 13, Bungie will introduce the player base to the Eververse Trading Company, Destiny’s newly minted in-game cash shop.A couple of weeks before Destiny’s new great expansion The Taken King released, a fan-favorite though admittedly nearly useless NPC, Tess Everis (played by beloved voice actress Claudia Black), was removed from the Tower, the main social hub of the game. Around that time, players uncovered a Bungie trademark for something called “Eververse,” which, considering the sound of the name, players linked to Tess and her disappearance. Earlier today, Bungie released a news update outlining Tess’ triumphant return to the Tower, and that she’ll be bringing the game’s new cash shop with her.The Eververse Trading Company logo revealed in Bungie’s news update.For starters, Tess will offer 18 new emotes for players to purchase using yet another currency being added to Destiny’s already convoluted economy: Silver. As Destiny players know, emotes are fluff and — despite one objective in a secret patrol mission (which can use the free emotes that come with the game) — aren’t needed for anything in the game.The emotes are similar to the collector items players could purchase alongside The Taken King, which included an exclusive class item and a new dance emote. Bungie made these collector items available in a separate $20 set for players that didn’t want to purchase the full collector’s edition. The community was split on the pack — each item averaged out to about $2, and the class items don’t scale with player level, so they (more or less) become useless once you climb beyond their level. It seems, though, that the trial run of the $20 pack was enough to go forward with the new Eververse cash shop. In all fairness to Bungie, emotes are indeed just cosmetic items that have no effect on the game besides what disrespectful dance you perform atop the corpses of your enemies.Bungie has yet to detail the new pricing structure of Silver, and we’ll also need to wait and see what else the developer has in store for the Eververse Trading Company. Players will get some free Silver when the update goes live, likely in an effort to appease the cash shop doomsayers and preemptively lessen the severity of the incoming community storm. So, it looks like we all have something new to look forward with next Tuesday’s weekly reset: some new dances to soothe our pain when Oryx drops nothing but a couple of Moldering Shards and some Wormspore.