Muruks stomp Vipers

first_imgThe match was played in Port Moresby this afternoon.Tries to Yoks Bagave and Michael Yanis took the Vipers to an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.The Mendi boys hit back straight after  the restart through a try from fullback Wesley Vali.Vali successfully converted a penalty kick at goal just before half-time to leave the score at 8-6, in favour of the home side.Points were hard to come by in the second half as both teams tried desperately to find the try line.The Muruks did in the 60th minute when they attacked the short side down the wing of Aiyako, who raced away to score out wide. Vali’s attempt to add the extras fell short.But the Muruks had enough in the tank to defend their four-point lead to the end and register their first win of the season.last_img read more

From Red Light To Omega Market

first_imgThe Omega Market complex, future home of Red Light market sellers, may be dedicated in October this year, on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s birthday, an architect has told this paper.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an interview, the chief architect of the project, F. Augustus Caesar disclosed that the head of the project, Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker is mounting pressure on all parties to expedite the completion of the project to dedicate it on the President’s birthday on October 29 this year.“The market is now roofed and we are assessing the level of the remaining work so as to know how much is needed to complete it,” Mr. Caesar said. Pointing out some major works still pending, the Mr. Caesar named the running of electrical wires, plumbing, painting, building of stalls, fencing, and running of water pipes.“It is our hope that the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) will help to provide the needed utilities that are within their capacities,” he added.According to Mr. Caesar, the new market site will have a bank, internet facilities, warehouses, school and towers for GSM companies. As onlookers view the project now, they quickly imagine that the thousands of people congregating at Red Light for business will soon be relocated.The newly constructed market complex has been roofed, but remaining works mentioned by Mr. Caesar are yet to be completed.The market project is funded by the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, with other institutions including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority supporting through a grand raffle draw and other activities.The project was launched in 2013 following the dismantling of the United States-owned Omega Tower that once stood at the site. The project aims to relocate sellers from Red Light and facilitate smooth passage for vehicles and pedestrians. There had been many attempts by past leaders to relocate Red Light marketers, but space and shelter to accommodate them were not available.Red Light market is littered with challenges. As a result of the huge convergence of people there, controlling pedestrians, vendors, vehicle traffic and garbage appears extremely difficult.Residents and street vendors deliberately dump dirt on the roadside, while just few inches away, other vendors spread goods for sale, near the piled up dumps.This results in pedestrians using the main road to walk among moving vehicles. Red Light is one of the main entry points to Monrovia from the interior and surrounding countries including Guinea and Ivory Coast.Unlike pre-war days when marketers were not at Red Light as they are now, traffic congestion there was not felt as it is now. But since the area became a point of making business in 1997 during the Charles Taylor Administration, it has become challenging for movement of traffic and waste management.The filth in the commercial district often gets to a point where the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) with help of the Liberia National Police has to vigorously enforce the law, breaking down market stalls and raiding the stalls of stubborn vendors who continuously impede traffic by selling on the road side.The road leading from the ELWA Junction to Red Light being already a narrow 2-lane corridor is regularly congested with traffic. Drivers wanting to maximize their number of trips in and out of Red Light each day, crowd the opposite lanes creating hours-long traffic jams in the vicinity. The road on the other hand does not have a wide shoulder for vehicles to park off the main lane; consequently, drivers block traffic when they stop to get passengers on or off their vehicles.Regardless of the constraints, police strive to enforce the law. Liberia National Police (LNP) officers were seen just this week penalizing drivers who are in the habit of impeding the flow of traffic at Red Light by impounding their vehicles to be freed upon paying US$150.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

iPhone accessory makers long kept in the dark

first_imgDigital Lifestyle Outfitters Inc. will have two cases available in AT&T stores starting Friday. Immediately after Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in early January, DLO developed rough models in balsa wood based on the general specifications he gave out. Engineers then built plastic replicas with glass touch-screens. Even the slick photographs of the iPhone HipCase and Jam Jacket on DLO’s Web site use model iPhones, said Andrew Green, vice president of marketing at Charleston, S.C.-based DLO. “We didn’t have a lot of special details initially. Apple shared stuff with us, but not exclusively,” Green said. After the January unveiling, several partners said, Apple cut off access to its designers’ Web site. Apple may have been making last-minute tweaks – a common practice in the electronics industry, where products have short life cycles. “At one point they weren’t going to make the specs available to any vendor until the launch – we all just gasped,” said Carrie Scharbo, co-founder and vice president of Cumming, Ga.-based Case-Mate Inc. Case-Mate, which began manufacturing cases at its factory in China after receiving final specs from AT&T on May22, plans to sell a patent-pending, impact-resistant iPhone shell with an injection-molded inner sheath. “To build a sleek and slim design without all the specs is challenging, but that’s our schtick,” Scharbo said. “The nerve-wracking thing about this one was that everything was so hush-hush. We felt fortunate that we could partner with AT&T.” EBay Inc. listed roughly 1,700 iPhone accessories Wednesday, from belt clips to whimsical T-shirts proclaiming “I (heart) my (picture of iPhone),” many of them from obscure makers. The San Jose-based auction company is anticipating numerous auctions of iPhones themselves. Instead of signing up for cellular service at the time of purchase, iPhone buyers sign up through Apple’s iTunes online store – making the phones easier to give as gifts or resell. About 2,000 eBay security representatives are scheduled to be on the lookout this weekend for iPhone scams. But Cat Schwartz, the eBay executive in charge of electronic gadgets, acknowledged that she can’t do much about ill-fitting accessories. “It’s premature for people to be putting out accessories,” Schwartz said. “Until the unit comes out, I wouldn’t advise people to buy a bunch of accessories.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc.’s iPhone won’t hit stores until Friday, but the heavily hyped gadget already has unleashed a cottage industry of touch-screen protectors, leather hip carriers and car adapters. Even the most enthusiastic manufacturers said creating formfitting iPhone accessories was an enormous challenge. A notoriously tightlipped Apple kept many partners in the dark on precise specifications, and some of the company’s most trusted accessory manufacturers still have not touched a genuine iPhone. To compensate, many cribbed size and weight specifications from Apple’s Web site, then created models out of wood, cardboard or plastic. They shipped models to Apple for advice on whether headset and other outlets were placed correctly. They adjusted and resent revised versions to Apple. Many made educated guesses about curved moldings or the location of the proximity sensor, which turns off the touch-screen when near the user’s face. A 1-millimeter error could result in headsets that come unplugged or an uncomfortably hot screen. “The engineering aspects were a huge challenge,” Marware Inc. sales manager Sean Savitt said. Hollywood, Fla.-based Marware, which sells iPod accessories in Apple stores and on, assigned an industrial engineer to build a molded-plastic custom prototype that weighed precisely as much as a real iPhone. Marware sent the model to Apple for comments – but it’s unclear how many of the roughly 300 Apple accessory makers had similar access. “There are a lot of manufacturers’ cases that are going to have some fundamental mistakes that will only be revealed after launch,” Savitt said. “There was a great deal of information to process and a great deal of guesswork.” Cupertino-based Apple did not respond to requests for comment. The company recently sent some partners a memo urging them not to talk to journalists or rivals about marketing strategies – including whether their accessories would be on sale alongside iPhones. Partners are not supposed to issue news releases or advertisements until after the launch. last_img read more

Hotels want living-wage issue on ballot

first_img (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The hotel and business community plans to launch a referendum against a living-wage requirement for hotels along the Century Boulevard corridor near LAX, organizers said Thursday. Harvey Englander, spokesman for the hotel owners, said plans are being developed in the belief that the Los Angeles City Council will impose the higher pay standards when it considers the issue Wednesday. “The resources have been authorized to begin preparations for a referendum drive if this is approved,” Englander said. “We would probably be looking to qualify this for the May15 runoff election because of the time it will take to gather signatures and verify them. “What we hope is that the council will slow down and meet with us to resolve this before we get to that point. In the past, anytime there has been a referendum, the council has backed down. We are just asking to resolve this in a peaceful way.” Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who has been pushing the proposal, had no comment on the planned referendum and what it could do to the issue. The most recent issue in which a referendum qualified for the ballot involved a proposal to ban nude dancing at adult-entertainment clubs. Englander said supporters would have to collect signatures from more than 49,000 registered voters to qualify the living-wage issue for the ballot. “We haven’t figured out what it would cost, but we believe the resources will be there,” Englander said. A recommendation has been made to the full council to require hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to abide by the city’s living-wage law. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’last_img read more

Haywood County family members sentenced

first_imgOn Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Mark Goodson, his wife Janet Goodson and (Mark’s) brother William Richard Goodson Junior all plead guilty in Haywood County Superior Court to their involvement in a series of breaking and enterings which were brought to light in May 2016.The B&E’s spanned a near 3 year time period, affecting 16 businesses and homes in Maggie Valley and Waynesville.Working together, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department were able to recover and return large quantities of stolen property including weapons, tools and other various home goods. Collectively, more than $100,000 in stolen property was recovered.The Goodsons were placed into the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections as Mark and William Goodson were sentenced to a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 173 months in prison. Janet Goodson was sentenced to 18 months of probation time.last_img read more

SA retailer opens in Angola

first_img7 November 2008 “We chose Benguela as the location for our DC as this is central to our store expansion programme and essential to our logistical needs,” said Jacobs. In addition to the Lobito store, PEP plans to open more stores in Namibe, Benguela, Sumbe and Lubango within the next year. With the launch of its first store in Angola, PEP now operates in 11 southern African countries. PEP Africa has been operating for 10 years and has 38 stores in Zambia, 22 in Malawi and 30 in Mozambique. As part of its commitment to and investment in this new market, PEP has opened a 2 000 square metre dedicated distribution centre. According to PEP, new Angola GM Gerrie Scheepers is fluent in Portuguese, and brings extensive and relevant experience, having been GM of PEP’s successful Mozambique operation for the past five years. “According to our research, affordable clothing and products are the most important factors for Angolan customers.” SAinfo reporter center_img South Africa’s biggest single brand store network, PEP, is extending its southern African store footprint into Angola and making a major investment in Africa’s fastest-growing country. The balance of PEP’s 1 310 stores are in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. “We believe that our product offering of value for money and functionality is right for the Angolan market,” PEP Africa GM Willie Jacobs said in a statement at the end of October. Following extensive research in Angola over the last two years, PEP Africa was confident of its growth and success in the new market, with its first store opening in Lobito, central Angola, on 31 October. Distribution centre Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa ‘unlikely to fall into recession’

first_img5 June 2014 The South African economy is unlikely to fall into recession, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday, predicting that second-quarter GDP growth would show some improvement, while cautioning that the risks to growth forecasts for the year were “to the downside”. Last week, Statistics SA reported that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year – its first contraction since the second quarter of 2009, when the world’s economy dipped as a result of a global recession. A second consecutive quarter of negative economic growth would, technically speaking, indicate that the country had entered a recession. Releasing its latest Monetary Policy Review on Tuesday, the central bank noted that a number of adverse supply shocks, particularly from strike action as well as from electricity shortages, had led to negative first-quarter growth. “Although the second quarter is expected to show some improvement, the risks to the 2014 forecast are to the downside,” the Bank said. At its monetary policy committee meeting in May, the Bank revised its growth forecasts for 2014 down from 2.6% to 2.1%. According to the Review, inflation is projected to come in above the bank’s 3% to 6% target range for an extended period of time. In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at 6.1%. “Overall, inflation in South Africa is projected to be above target for an extended period of time, with risks tilted towards higher inflation. Over the longer term, this necessitates higher interest rates, and therefore a tightening cycle.” The bank hiked interest rates at its first meeting of the year in January. “However, with domestic economic growth weak, and world inflation and interest rates remaining low, monetary policy tightening is likely to be moderate. This will provide continued support to the economic recovery,” the Review states. The review found that household expenditure has limited prospects for improvements in 2014 due to rising inflation, weak employment growth and muted wealth effects. “Household expenditure will also be constrained by continued moderate credit growth, knock-on effects from the mining strike, and rate hikes, which raise debt service costs and disincentivise further borrowing.” The Bank expressed concern at the country’s antagonistic labour relations and persistent strikes. “In particular, changes in the structure of mining unionisation over the past few years have caused multiple, often violent disruptions to production, the most recent example being the record-length and on-going platinum-sector strike. “These events have been costly in several ways, depriving households of wage income and retailers of customers, damaging exports, and ultimately compromising investment and employment,” the Review states. The Monetary Policy Review, which reviews domestic and international developments that affect inflation and the Bank’s monetary policy stance, is published twice a year. Source: read more

Top Indie Authors Earn Thousands in First Month of Kindle Lending

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Amazon reports today that the Kindle E-Book Lending Library now offers over 75,000 books, boosted by the launch of the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program for independent publishers. The KDP Select program launched in December, and Kindle customers borrowed 295,000 KDP Select titles that month. The top authors in the program earned thousands of dollars on top of their regular monthly sales.Amazon increased its monthly funding for KDP Select from $500,000 to $700,000 this month after the strong showing. KDP authors earned $1.70 per borrow. The top 10 KDP Select authors saw a 30% increase from lending on top of the royalties they earned from sales of the same titles. Amazon’s end-run around Big Publishing shows promise for authors.Amazon says that total sales of titles in the KDP Select lending program grew faster than KDP titles that aren’t in the lending program, but they don’t say how much. But the $200,000 bonus to the KDP Select fund is a signal of optimism. The fund is divided between the authors each month depending on their percentage of total books borrowed. One author, Carolyn McCray, earned $8,250 from the fund in December.The Kindle Lending Library itself launched on November 2. It’s available to Amazon Prime members. It has tight restrictions – users can only borrow one book per month – so 295,000 titles in one month means 295,000 people. Related Posts jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web For authors in the KDP Select lending program, the numbers are great, but Amazon is characteristically cagey about other specifics. It won’t share the exact size of the sales bump KDP Select authors got over non-lending KDP authors. It doesn’t disclose how many books were lent in the Lending Library program overall.The biggest bugbear of them all for Amazon reporters is the specific number of Kindles sold. Amazon will report percentage growth in Kindle sales, but they never disclose exactly how many devices are in people’s hands. Still, we know this: 295,000 or so people borrowed Kindle books from independent authors last month, and some of those authors made lots of money.Do you have an e-reader? Which one? Do you read on it often? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Is art the next frontier in the IoT revolution?

first_imgFollow the Puck The Internet is a tool of connection. We share photos, videos, ideas—all at the click of a button, or the tap of a screen. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has further transformed our lives, allowing our devices to fully integrate with our world in ways unimaginable even five years ago. The very concept of IoT has even forced us to rethink traditionally staid cultural mores. In the last few years, the art world has seen an immense impact as a result of this trend. However, its prevalence remains under the radar.We all know about the conveniences of IoT devices—Nest’s popular Wi-Fi thermostat comes to mind, a tool that can learn about its users habits and program your home’s temperature accordingly. The world is now awash in items that perform various functions using a similar concept. Leveraging smart homes for art’s sakeThese interconnected and interactive gadgets have helped make “smart homes” a reality. But in the process, they’ve become little more than the sum of their parts. They certainly have great utilitarian use, but the vast majority of them have done little to add value beyond that. This reality has created a bit of a tech overload, with multiple products competing for attention, seemingly tripping over themselves in the process. The clutter effect is palpably felt, and has led some users to doubt whether a bit of added convenience is really worth the costs.See also: How 5 artists use PinterestThankfully, this is not the case with all aspects of connected tech. While most devices, as previously mentioned, seek to create a hive mind among the various wearables and gadgets that incessantly pervade our daily lives, there has been a thriving subculture of technologists, designers, architects, and more that have uncovered a wealth of opportunity to subvert the traditional artistic approach by integrating IoT very carefully into their work. These groups have set out to make IoT more than a robotic afterthought, and instead infuse it with same warmth and emotion that permeates the great artistic masterpieces from the past and present.There are tons of examples of innovative takes by way of intricately developed installations that use technology to create all sorts of wonders—everything from weather simulations, proximity-based interactive lighting structures, and pieces that react through sensors to the changing conditions of the sea via connected buoys. In each of these cases, the masterminds behind each installation used sensors as the proverbial ‘paint brush’ for their creations.Art adds a deep, personal touch to otherwise cold techArt has effectively added a deep and intimate personal touch to the tech world—one that has largely been lacking. With the advent of IoT, people have the ability to customize and express themselves in brand new ways, all the while being enabled by intuitive new products that allow us experience the world with unique perspectives. Like the IoT revolution, art is an examination and reassessment of the space we inhabit triggered by an intense emotional reaction to the creations in front of us. This makes the marriage of the two concepts inherently natural and organic.Already, products like Lightswarm have become integrated into homes. Lightswarm tracks the movements of people in a room and adjusts the lighting to match where they are and what time of day it is; it is both useful while also adding to the ambience of the environment. The concept has been adapted to various other fixtures, both for private homes, as well as public spaces. These pieces of technology, while utilitarian on the surface, actually hide a creative subtext beneath their layers, which makes them aesthetically pleasing, as well as fundamentally functional.Of course, the intersection of art and technology goes much further than just simple lighting. It has also radically democratized the nature of the art world itself. Years ago, you needed to live near a big city to be able to explore visual culture through museums or galleries. That paradigm has greatly shifted as people now have the ability to view and appreciate art from anywhere, sometimes with just a few taps on their phone, or by exploring art in 360 degrees through Google cardboard. It doesn’t stop there. Google is also adapting the IoT revolution to give people the chance to create artistic works in a whole new plane of “reality” through the Google Tilt Brush, which will effectively make it possible to render the entire concept of a dedicated studio space as obsolete. Virtual reality will be the prospective artist’s new canvas. These are perfect examples of innovations that can break down the barriers to accessibility and understanding of art while making the world at large your studio.Ultimately, art has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the IoT revolution—one that’s all too often hidden from the spotlight. Connected technology shouldn’t just be about convenience or fulfilling a certain task, not when it’s possible to rise above utility and make it an integral part of the human experience. Art has always occupied that space, but as it continues to exist hand-in-hand with technology, the door is always open for pushing the envelope and tapping into a part of the human condition that, as a result of the digital age, might have become buried within us over time.The author is the co-founder and CEO of Meural, a digital art company. Tags:#art#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lightswarm#Meural#public spaces#spacemaking#Tilt Brush#top What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Vlad Vukicevic Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

New York ~ Sales and Use Tax: Taxability of Web-Based Services Discussed

first_imgA taxpayer’s provision of portal and trusted identity framework services are subject to New York sales tax under Tax Law §1105(c)(8) as protective services and should be sourced based on the location where the protected data resides, but its messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The taxpayer’s portal and trusted identity framework services perform a gatekeeper function for customers by ensuring that only authorized users gain access to the customer’s on-line resources. Thus, the crux of these services is the security function of verifying that persons seeking access to on-line resources are authorized to have that access. These electronic gatekeeper services qualify as protective services for purposes of Tax Law §1105(c)(8) because they prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to its customers’ confidential data. Protective services are provided in New York (i.e., “sourced” to New York) if the property being protected is located in New York. Thus, to the extent that the data being protected is located in New York (e.g., resides on servers in New York), then the taxpayer is providing a protective service in New York. If the protected data is located both inside New York and outside New York, the taxpayer should collect tax only with respect to the data located in New York. In making the determination of where its protective services are being provided, the taxpayer may rely on a letter from the customer indicating the taxing jurisdiction(s) where the protected data is located, absent a showing of fraud or knowledge on the part of the taxpayer that the contents of the letter are untrue. Such a letter must be signed by the customer (or the appropriate employee or officer) and contain a statement acknowledging that it is being furnished for the purpose of allowing the taxpayer to determine the appropriate amount of New York state and local sales and use taxes due. The taxpayer must keep the letters furnished by its customers as part of its sales tax records, and be able to associate each letter with related sales, for at least three years after the date of the last sale to which the letter relates. The customer is required to update the letter if there is a change in where the services are being provided.However, the taxpayer’s messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The messaging and supplier connection services provide a central data messaging hub that routes business messages or data between business partner members of the service, who must provide their own telecommunication connections to the hub. These services are nontaxable bridging services. Thus, the taxpayer’s fees for setting up the relationship between trading partners and maintaining those relationships, as well as its mailbox set up and maintenance fees, are not taxable. In addition, the taxpayer’s charges for its mapping services are not taxable, as they constitute data processing charges.TSB-A-16(20)S, New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, May 27, 2016, ¶408-782last_img read more