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EDISON -- Mayor Thomas Lankey says he has a patron in mind for the new Internet cafe at the senior center on Woodbridge Avenue: his mom.

"It's important because I think seniors in today's world need to know how to use the computer," Lankey said.

Lankey, along with other dignitaries, including Assemblyman Pat Diegnan and Edison Democratic Chairman Tom Paterniti, were on hand last week to open the Internet cafe in a room of the senior center, which will include lessons on how to get on the world wide web. It's an important tool for communicating with grandkids, doing online banking and looking up health information, its early customers said.

Vallabhbhai Vachhani, 78, and his wife, Divya, were on hand for the opening ceremony. Vallabhbhai likes to look up health information and to spread good news and scientific knowledge. He'd like to learn how to transfer information more easily from computer to computer.

"That's the most important thing," he said. "The transmission of good knowledge."

There was, however, some hesitance. Irene Violante, 92, said she had heard about the grand opening at the senior center, and decided to attend, but she's not sold on computers. Her kids got her one so she could stay in touch, but she doesn't use it much.

"It's probably a good thing to do, but who the heck knows," said Violante. "The phone is OK for me."

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Article source: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/10/edison_opens_internet_cafe_for_senior_citizens.html

Joyous shouts and cheers filled the atmosphere in Treadways recently as residents of the St Catherine community showed appreciation for the opening of an Internet caf.

Not even the onset of afternoon showers could put a damper on the celebratory mood of the residents, scores of whom turned out to witness the official opening of the approximately $300,000 facility.

The caf, which is intended to benefit residents of Treadways and neighbouring communities, is located on the grounds of the Treadways Gospel Assembly.

The initiative is one of the four projects undertaken by civil servant of the year 2013-14 and director of productions at the Jamaica Information Service, Enthrose Campbell, under the theme Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow.

The Treadways Internet caf project is supported by Digicel, which donated computers, desks, and chairs. The facility is equipped with two desktop computers, two laptop computers, a multipurpose printer and wall posters, and will also serve as a homework centre.

In expressing gratitude for the gift, church member, Stephaney Rankine, vowed to take care of the facility.

Rankine, who is also a teacher at the Ewarton Primary School in St Catherine, urged the community members to use the facility to empower themselves.

Church attendance

Community member, Judith Higgins, said the facility's establishment would not only encourage more young people to attend church, but also allow them to conduct research.

Another community member, Isorene Morrison, said the caf would be used by her grandchildren, pointing out that the initiative was a "wonderful thing".

In his remarks, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who was guest speaker at the function, said the initiative supports the Government's thrust to increase access to broadband services.

He said the establishment of Internet cafs, supported by citizens and members of the private sector, along with the Community Access Points (CAPs) that the Government is putting place, would further advance this mission.

"What we want to see is what Enthrose is doing here today. How we are going to get our people to have access to the technology that will enable us to develop ourselves, that will enable us to be a part of this global village, that sees information (not only) as a valuable tool for learning, but also as a tool for earning," he said, adding that the facility's location will bring people, especially youngsters, closer to the church and to God.

CAPs enables community members to use the Internet at minimal or no cost for research, bill payments, education, communication, business, marketing, and social networking.

In the meantime, the minister committed to "match what Digicel has done", as well as provide Internet and WiFi services for two years, free of charge.

He said that this, however, hinges on how well the facility is maintained, pointing out that a site visit would be conducted in two months to ensure that the standards remain up to par.

Providing an overview on the project, Campbell informed that having selected four projects to undertake during her tenure, she was adamant, despite the challenges faced, that they would be completed.

"People were saying, 'Enthrose, you really should just take one project and focus on it because you are going to stretch yourself too much'. But I said to myself, that would be a dilemma for me to select one of my four projects, because which one would I give up?" she said.

The projects included: a public sector empowerment programme; teaching Spanish classes to St Andrew Technical High School students, as well as teaching Spanish classes to customs officers; preparing a series of features on excellent civil servants; as well the Internet cafe at Treadways.

Planted by God

"I thought that these projects were planted in my heart and each of them was conceived with love, and in addition, they were planted by the Father," she said, adding that the decision was made to pursue them all.

Campbell said the caf location was identified following discussions with her neighbour, friend, and pastor of the Treadways Gospel Assembly, Courtney Lyn.

"This Internet caf was born out of a desire to give back something to the community. I don't live in Treadways, I don't work in Treadways, but Treadways is my community. It is your community. Treadways is our community," she said.

Campbell commended Digicel and the Jamaica Information Service for the work they have done to ensure the project's fruition.

She noted that even though the project may be small, "it is a start" for greater things, and used the opportunity to encourage others to support the initiative.



Article source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141016/news/news3.html

Joyous shouts and cheers filled the atmosphere in Treadways recently as residents of the St Catherine community showed appreciation for the opening of an Internet caf.

Not even the onset of afternoon showers could put a damper on the celebratory mood of the residents, scores of whom turned out to witness the official opening of the approximately $300,000 facility.

The caf, which is intended to benefit residents of Treadways and neighbouring communities, is located on the grounds of the Treadways Gospel Assembly.

The initiative is one of the four projects undertaken by civil servant of the year 2013-14 and director of productions at the Jamaica Information Service, Enthrose Campbell, under the theme Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow.

The Treadways Internet caf project is supported by Digicel, which donated computers, desks, and chairs. The facility is equipped with two desktop computers, two laptop computers, a multipurpose printer and wall posters, and will also serve as a homework centre.

In expressing gratitude for the gift, church member, Stephaney Rankine, vowed to take care of the facility.

Rankine, who is also a teacher at the Ewarton Primary School in St Catherine, urged the community members to use the facility to empower themselves.

Church attendance

Community member, Judith Higgins, said the facility's establishment would not only encourage more young people to attend church, but also allow them to conduct research.

Another community member, Isorene Morrison, said the caf would be used by her grandchildren, pointing out that the initiative was a "wonderful thing".

In his remarks, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who was guest speaker at the function, said the initiative supports the Government's thrust to increase access to broadband services.

He said the establishment of Internet cafs, supported by citizens and members of the private sector, along with the Community Access Points (CAPs) that the Government is putting place, would further advance this mission.

"What we want to see is what Enthrose is doing here today. How we are going to get our people to have access to the technology that will enable us to develop ourselves, that will enable us to be a part of this global village, that sees information (not only) as a valuable tool for learning, but also as a tool for earning," he said, adding that the facility's location will bring people, especially youngsters, closer to the church and to God.

CAPs enables community members to use the Internet at minimal or no cost for research, bill payments, education, communication, business, marketing, and social networking.

In the meantime, the minister committed to "match what Digicel has done", as well as provide Internet and WiFi services for two years, free of charge.

He said that this, however, hinges on how well the facility is maintained, pointing out that a site visit would be conducted in two months to ensure that the standards remain up to par.

Providing an overview on the project, Campbell informed that having selected four projects to undertake during her tenure, she was adamant, despite the challenges faced, that they would be completed.

"People were saying, 'Enthrose, you really should just take one project and focus on it because you are going to stretch yourself too much'. But I said to myself, that would be a dilemma for me to select one of my four projects, because which one would I give up?" she said.

The projects included: a public sector empowerment programme; teaching Spanish classes to St Andrew Technical High School students, as well as teaching Spanish classes to customs officers; preparing a series of features on excellent civil servants; as well the Internet cafe at Treadways.

Planted by God

"I thought that these projects were planted in my heart and each of them was conceived with love, and in addition, they were planted by the Father," she said, adding that the decision was made to pursue them all.

Campbell said the caf location was identified following discussions with her neighbour, friend, and pastor of the Treadways Gospel Assembly, Courtney Lyn.

"This Internet caf was born out of a desire to give back something to the community. I don't live in Treadways, I don't work in Treadways, but Treadways is my community. It is your community. Treadways is our community," she said.

Campbell commended Digicel and the Jamaica Information Service for the work they have done to ensure the project's fruition.

She noted that even though the project may be small, "it is a start" for greater things, and used the opportunity to encourage others to support the initiative.



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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica (JIS) — Joyous shouts and cheers filled the atmosphere in Treadways recently as residents showed their appreciation for the opening of an internet café here.

Not even the onset of afternoon showers could put a damper on the celebratory mood of the residents, scores of whom turned out to witness the official opening of the approximately $300,000 facility.

The café, which is intended to benefit residents of Treadways and neighbouring communities, is located on the grounds of the Treadways Gospel Assembly.

The initiative is one of four projects undertaken by Civil Servant of the Year 2013-14 and director of productions at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Enthrose Campbell under the theme ‘Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow’.

The Treadways internet café project is supported by Digicel, which donated computers, desks and chairs. The facility is equipped with two desktop computers, two laptop computers, a multipurpose printer, and wall posters. It will also serve as a homework centre.

Community member Judith Higgins said the facility’s establishment will not only encourage more young people to attend church, but will also allow them to conduct research.

In his remarks, Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell said the initiative supports the Government’s thrust to increase access to broadband services.

He said the establishment of internet cafés, supported by citizens and members of the private sector, along with the Community Access Points (CAPs) that the Government is putting place, will further advance this mission.

“What we want to see is what Enthrose is doing here today. How we are going to get our people to have access to the technology that will enable us to develop ourselves, that will enable us to be a part of this global village, that sees information [not only] as a valuable tool for learning but also as a tool for earning,” he said.

CAPs enable community members to use the internet at minimal or no cost for research, bill payments, education, communication, business, marketing, and social networking.

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EDISON -- Mayor Thomas Lankey says he has a patron in mind for the new Internet cafe at the senior center on Woodbridge Avenue: his mom.

"It's important because I think seniors in today's world need to know how to use the computer," Lankey said.

Lankey, along with other dignitaries, including Assemblyman Pat Diegnan and Edison Democratic Chairman Tom Paterniti, were on hand last week to open the Internet cafe in a room of the senior center, which will include lessons on how to get on the world wide web. It's an important tool for communicating with grandkids, doing online banking and looking up health information, its early customers said.

Vallabhbhai Vachhani, 78, and his wife, Divya, were on hand for the opening ceremony. Vallabhbhai likes to look up health information and to spread good news and scientific knowledge. He'd like to learn how to transfer information more easily from computer to computer.

"That's the most important thing," he said. "The transmission of good knowledge."

There was, however, some hesitance. Irene Violante, 92, said she had heard about the grand opening at the senior center, and decided to attend, but she's not sold on computers. Her kids got her one so she could stay in touch, but she doesn't use it much.

"It's probably a good thing to do, but who the heck knows," said Violante. "The phone is OK for me."

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The future of Needham Market's Internet Cafe is in doubt

Matt Hunter Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:00 AM

The future of a town’s community internet cafe is “perilous” after the organisation was told not to expect to rent its building for the long-term.

Suffolk County Council has informed Needham Market Internet Cafe, a not-for-profit group, that it can no longer guarantee it remaining in the building, it is claimed.

Instead a three-month rolling contract is set to be offered – but no investment will be made if the 1960s structure needs internal or external work, according to the cafe’s founder. There are also concerns over the future of the town’s library – with the building also owned by the council.

Tom Barker, who formed the cafe 10 years ago, said the council was looking into providing funding for a facility to relocate.

He said: “In terms of the cafe the lease is up to June 2015 and the county council has informed us that it will not be renewing that lease. Subsequently they said they would allow it to be carried on a three-month basis but would not invest any money into the building.”

In town council minutes it is reported that a letter from Mr Barker describes the cafe’s position as “perilous”. No-one from the county council was available to comment.

Steve Phillips, town mayor, said: “It would be a shame to lose them but if they move and it’s a good building then it’s not a shame as long as they keep the library and the internet café. Both do brilliant work in the town; the internet café work a lot with youngsters in the town.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Libraries said the county council had been investing in the library. He added: “There are no firm plans to move Needham Market Library. The county council has many ongoing discussions about its premises and possible co-location of services, some of which have involved Needham Market Library but there are no plans for the building in the near future.”

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  • So SCC are not committing to letting them have use of the building for ever. It doesn't seem there is an immediate crisis and this seems more an issue for the town council to resolve and fund rather than the county council.

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MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio –- Police and other agents raided an Internet café in Middlefield Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation of illegal gambling, according to Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz.

More than 20 police officers and investigators raided Retro Al's Internet Café located at the 15000 block of West High Street, as well as a home in Middlefield Township and a home in Eastlake, officials said.

The three search warrants were executed around 11 a.m.

Earlier stages of the investigation revealed that people had been playing video slot games at the café, and betting cash and receiving cash prizes, which violates Ohio law.

Officials launched the investigation several months ago when Retro Al's Internet Café posted an ad in the local newspaper advertising cash prizes. Earlier in the investigation, undercover agents were sent to the Internet café. The agents successfully wagered cash and were paid in cash.

No arrests were made during the raid, but Flaiz said the agents seized various documents, an unspecified amount of cash, over 50 computer terminals and other items associated with the gambling operation.

The raid was conducted through a collaborative effort from the Ohio Attorney General's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Geauga County Prosecutor's Office and the Middlefield Village Police Department.

The Geauga County Sheriff's office and East Lake Police Department also assisted with the home raids.

Officials plan to process the evidence and present the case to a grand jury.

Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/09/geauga_county_internet_cafe_raid.html

MORENO VALLEY: Internet café raided in gambling investigation

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Investigators confiscated 18 computers and arrested the owner of an Internet café in Moreno Valley this week on suspicion of running an illegal gambling operation, officials said.

Riverside County sheriff's detectives started investigating Happy Land Internet Café in the 23900 block of Ironwood Avenue in September after receiving several complaints, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

They served a search warrant at the café on Thursday, Oct. 2, and found the computers had illegal gambling software installed, the news release said. Officials seized them and cited the owner, 65-year-old Abraham Meida, with possessing slot machines.

An Internet café by the same name was raided in August 2013 in the 10900 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside for the same reason, but it was not immediately clear whether the two operations were related. Fifteen people were cited during that raid.

Gamblers at this type of café will buy a magnetic card loaded with Internet time, slide it through a card reader attached to a computer and play gambling-themed games, according to an advisory issued by the state attorney general's office in December 2012.

Players get sweepstakes entries and credits based on the amount of money they spend. They can place bets with those credits and can cash in their winnings.

The Riverside County sheriff’s investigation is ongoing. Officials asked anybody with information to call the sheriff's Problem Oriented Policing Team at 951-486-6700 or a non-emergency line at 951-486-6700. Anonymous tips may be left at 800-473-7847 or visitwetip.com.


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The township of Edison will open an Internet cafe for local seniors at an event Friday morning.

"Our new Internet Cafe is a wonderful way for our senior to stay connected or to reconnect with loved ones," Mayor Thomas Lankey said in a news release. "It will enable our seniors to be active and participate in an ever-growing online community that reaches around the globe."

The Internet cafe will open at the Edison Senior Center on Woodbridge Avenue at 10:30 Friday. Two desktop computers and five laptops will be available during the center's business hours.

The town is town is trying to attract new attendees, even seniors that don't already attend events at the center.

Lankey, Council President Rob Karabinchak and other town council members, and Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Tomaro will be on hand to open the center.

The Internet cafe will be open to seniors from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm., the township said. Volunteers will be there to help navigate the world wide web during daytime hours.

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Article source: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/10/edison_senior_citizen_center_internet_cafe.html