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LIPO Takes Awareness to Artists and Inventors

first_imgLIPO’s Acting officer in Charge Prince Decker, speaking at the IP Clinic yesterday, at the YMCA. A group of artists and inventors, comprising of 20 individuals, has urged the Liberia Intellectual Property (IP) to engage in more awareness, which will help to educate them and their peers about the intellectual property, its legal framework and benefits.The artists and inventors noted that low levels of IP awareness among them has made it easier for their works to be infringed upon because said works have not been protected to enable them seek redress when needed.The appeal was made during the questions and answers period of the “Intellectual Property (IP) Clinic,” organized by the Liberia Intellectual Property Office, to discuss the importance of IP, the value of it as an asset in commerce and economic development, and the present status of IP in Liberia. Among the participants were a large number of artists and inventors as well as users of IP.Held at YMCA on April 25, 2018, the IP Clinic, the first of its kind since the establishment of LIPO, aimed to enlighten them on the legal framework of intellectual property and the essence of the moral and economic rights.DJ Weezy, CEO of Naymo Record and manager of PCK and L’ Frankie, two of Liberia’s finest artists, said the IP clinic was indeed an eye opener for them in the creative sectors because they are now understanding the country’s IP law and its legal framework, which is crucial to creation of an enabling environment and a society knowledgeable about IP.Weezy added this IP clinic has enlightened him and the members of the creative sector about the benefits of IP, which they were not educated about before.  He noted that the continuation of this awareness is crucial to help them to avoid the losses they incur on a daily basis.“You can believe that as CEO of a record label, which owns two of Liberia best artists, none of their songs are copyrighted because I never had the knowledge about this whole IP thing.“This lack of knowledge is affecting many of us, so we are kindly appealing for an extension. We need this kind of discussion frequently for the betterment of the industry. Today, we have learned a lot and now going home to apply it,” DJ Weezy added.“From today’s seminar we have been educated about our rights as IP holders and how we can go about benefiting when our works are registered,” said Joseph S.K Pambu, an ICT trainer and consultant. “Not only my inventions but also to care about other people’s inventions and the penalty for infringement.”LIPO’s Acting officer-in-charge, Prince Decker, said the seminar comes at a time when the problems caused by lack of IP awareness among artists and inventors continue to have a disturbing financial effect on their trade. Because they lack a basic understanding of the law, they don’t register their works, he noted.Mr. Decker added that in order to curb these financial losses, the players in the industry need to firstly understand IP and its legal framework; and once they understand it they will start to reap the benefits.“If we are to build a society that will be knowledgeable about IP, it is essential that we reach out to the creators, to ensure that they are equipped with the IP knowledge needed to succeed in their field and avoid people exploiting them.“While it is the truth that IP has the potential to help reduce poverty, create employment and accelerate economic growth, this can only be done through comprehensive public awareness campaigns, to boost understanding of the system and its potential benefits, which we are doing now,” Decker said.“Educating the industry’s players about IP is crucial in harnessing the economic benefits of IP, which is vital to the longevity of creative industries; they will be their own security by suing people who pirate or infringe on their creations.”Decker added that in a recent study by LIPO, it was discovered that 80% of creators know that IP is important, but don’t have the knowledge needed to support them in their future careers. So to give them this knowledge, LIPO decided to host the IP Clinic and beef up the year-long nationwide awareness campaign that it started.The seminar yesterday was part of LIPO’s celebration of World IP Day, observed today (April 26), under the theme: ‘Piracy is a Public Enemy for our Economic Growth, Stop Piracy to Empower Innovation and Creativity.’World IP Day is a day on which the global IP community joins with others to acknowledge the fundamentally important role of IP in promoting innovation and development throughout the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No new speed signs for Churchill despite concerns

first_imgThere are increased road safety concerns in the village of Churchill after the opening of a new play park.Children and families have been enjoying the new amenity since it opened in March.But as summer comes, the higher number of people crossing the road in the area is a cause for concern. Cllr Adrian Glackin brought the issue before Letterkenny MD on Wednesday, asking that new signs be placed to reduce speed at either side of the village.Cllr Glackin said that a ‘Slow Down’ or ‘Children Crossing’ sign would improve safety for pedestrians crossing from the play park to the cafe, toilets and bars on the other side of the road.However, the roads department replied to say that 50KPH speed limit signage is already in place in the village and the signs are full in accordance with guidelines.No new speed signs for Churchill despite concerns was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Adrian GlackinChurchilllast_img read more

Discovery Upsets Geological Dating

first_imgFor a long time, geologists have used microscopic crystals called zircons as “time capsules” for dating rock strata.  The tiny crystals are so durable it was believed they were virtually impermeable.  Now, however, inclusions inside the zircons appear to be vastly different in age.  This could have drastic effects on how certain formations are dated. According to Science Magazine News, Earth’s time capsules “may be flawed.”  An Australian team took a look at about 7,000 zircons from the Jack Hills of western Australia, a conglomerate formation containing pebbles that have undergone heavy bouts of metamorphism.  The zircons were thought to be between 2.65 and 3.05 billion years old.  A few had inclusions, and some of the inclusions that were dated using radiometric means came out as young as 800 million years –    the assumed date of the surrounding metamorphic rock. This means that zircons are not as protected from outside influence as thought.  The scientists could find no way in for younger radioactive material to get inside some of the “young” inclusions – no hairline fractures, for instance.  If carried in by fluids, “the fluids may have traveled along defects in the zircon’s crystal structure caused by radioactive decay or along pathways that are either too small to see or oriented such that they’re invisible.” Reporter Sid Perkins described how this finding may “stir people up”: In recent years, some researchers have used analyses of zircons and their inclusions—and in particular, the temperatures and pressures they’ve been exposed to since their formation—to infer the presence of oceans or of modern-style plate tectonics on Earth more than 4 billion years ago, well before previously suspected, Rasmussen says. But based on the team’s new findings, which will be reported next month in Geology, those conclusions are suspect, he notes. Another geologist was even more worried.  “The results ‘suggest that analyses of zircon inclusions can’t be trusted much at all,’ adds Jonathan Patchett, an isotope geochemist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.”  Another geologist was not so pessimistic but warned that use of zircon dating information will have to be done more carefully from now on. How careful is careful enough?  The pathways into the zircons are invisible.  Geologists have had a habit of using the data they like for their preconceived timeline, and tossing out the anomalies.  Well, the RATE team at ICR found plenty of anomalies for them that date these rocks at thousands, not millions of years old (let alone billions).  It’s all published online; go look at it at ICR.org/rate.  If the secular geologists weren’t so wedded to Darwin, they would have to take these anomalies seriously, even if they disagree with the world view of the creation scientists.  (Don’t imagine for a moment that there is such a thing as a scientist without a world view).(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

School for hospitality ‘high-flyers’

first_img1 September 2005South Africa’s new School of Tourism and Hospitality, housed in a R47-million custom-built, state-of-the-art facility, aims to train world-class restaurateurs and hospitality “high-flyers” for the country’s burgeoning tourism industry.The new school, situated on the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Campus, boasts ultra-modern kitchens, lecture rooms with hi-tech facilities, computer laboratories and a 150-seater auditorium.The school will combine practical training with a strong commercial component, including two public restaurants, a bar and a wine cellar.The building will also house the SA Chefs Association, the SA Culinary Institute and the Gauteng branch of the Cape Wine Academy.Tourism is a priority sector for South Africa, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said at the launch of the school on Tuesday.“There needs to be a balance between high quality service, customer care and the attitude of those who serve you, together with the facilities the establishment offers, in order create an unforgettable experience for the tourist,” she said.Kerzner International chairman Sol Kerzner said the school was committed to the highest standards of training, and would ensure that students came away with the ability to make people feel really welcome.Kerzner and his company donated R20-million towards construction of the school, and will be helping the school to link up with the New York School of Hospitality Management and other international institutions in order to benchmark itself against the best hospitality education in the world.“We’re putting our money where our mouths are to help build tourism and hospitality in South Africa”, Kerzner told the Saturday Star. He added, however, that this was no “sentimental gesture”, with a tourism industry “set to burgeon in South Africa”.“I have always been a great believer in tourism potential, and I am confident that this new initiative will elevate the Hotel School to university status and place it on a par with other international hotel schools.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Airlines, regulators grapple with credit card surcharges

first_imgTravellers Down Under are celebrating the end of punitive surcharges on airline tickets after Australia recently became only the second jurisdiction in the world to ban profiteering on credit and debit card fees.But it remains to be seen how airlines and others will react in the long term after the government closed off a lucrative source of so-called ancillary revenue that had been earning them as much as $A68 on an airline booking for a family of four.And the unintended consequences will be closely monitored after the first credit/debit card surcharge ban in the European Union, introduced in December 2015, prompted airlines to introduce new fees to circumvent the government action.From September 1, the four major airlines in Australia have dropped the flat surcharges on ticket purchases of $A7 per booking for Qantas and Virgin Australia and $A8.50 per sector on Qantas low-cost subsidiary Jetstar and Virgin Australia low-cost subsidiary Tigerair.However, in response to “indicative” guidelines published in May by the Reserve Bank of Australia on the cost of transactions that companies such as airlines are now banned from exceeding — 0.5% for debit cards and 1-1.5% for most credit cards, but 2-3% for American Express —  the airlines have adopted widely varying standards that they’re passing on to their customers.On Jetstar, for example, the surcharge for a ticket purchase via debit card – previously a flat $A8.50 per sector or $17 per round trip – is now just 0.48 per cent of the purchase price – 48 cents on a $A100 ticket. Its competitor Tigerair’s fees are nearly double that at 0.88 per cent for debit card purchases.The downside is that many travellers, particularly business class travellers on international journeys could pay substantially more now under the percentage fee system than previously under a set fee, although Qantas now caps the surcharge at $A70 for both debit and credit cards.What’s not known, however, are the consequences for credit card perks after European consumers reported that some of theirs had disappeared. Euro airlines are also applying surcharges that are many multiples of the EU-specified costs of 0.2 per cent for debit cards and 0.3 per cent for credit cards.Airlines in the United Kingdom, for example, have been applying surcharges of 1.5 to 3.0 per cent, as well as set amounts of up to £13 ($US17) on top. It’s not yet clear what effect Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have on UK government policy.The chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has anticipated the potential for unforeseen consequences.”That’s been a fair bit thought about,” he told AirlineRatings.com. “Obviously this change is a government initiative but we did engage with government trying to think through negative consequences.”The main one was that most people don’t charge a surcharge and this could encourage them to do something they weren’t doing before, but they could have done anything before and they chose to do nothing.”It’s not clear to me that being able to charge 1.5 per cent  is going to encourage them to do that we they could have done even more before. I don’t think we’re going to run into those sorts of problems.”Sims says compliance by airlines with the new regime has been excellent and he doesn’t expect problems.”What happens when you get a law that’s targeted at a particular behaviour, the main companies like the airlines and the event organisers really know the game is up and we have engaged with them extensively and they’ve made the necessary changes,” he says.”They have, I think, realised the game is up and they’ve been very co-operative and the changes seem to be the ones that should be made.Sims says, however, the ACCC will be watching closely.”We’ll see over time,” he says. “I think this thing will be fairly self-policing. That is, you’ve got the companies that were seriously in the gun who have made the changes and other who probably aren’t as visible, if they start charging these sort of things (high fees),  I think there’ll be enough people aware of the fact that’s wrong and will get contact.”All it takes is a couple of contacts to us and we know there’s a problem and we can get onto it.  It should be straightforward to follow up those who are trying to do the wrong thing.”America and Asia, meanwhile, are still relatively free of credit card charging restriction.The US Congress about five years ago agreed to cap so-called “swipe fees” on debit cards. However, lobbying by banks left the cap at around 25 US cents – twice as high as initially recommended by the Federal Reserve and an estimated five times banks’ cost of processing debit transactions.Congress has not yet addressed credit card fees.last_img read more

Bangladesh unbeatable at home, says Shakib Al-Hasan ahead of Australia series

first_imgAs Bangladesh prepare to take on Australia in the two-Test series beginning Sunday, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that his team are very much “unbeatable” at home.Australia have not won a series in the subcontinent since 2011 and were clean-swept in two of the three Test series’ since then. In the last series against India, the Steve Smith-led side had to face a 1-2 defeat in the four-Test series. (Australia’s sole warm-up match against Bangladesh cancelled due to rain)Australia has won all four Tests they have played against Bangladesh, but the teams haven’t met in the longest format of the game since 2006.Bangladesh have not played a single Test match against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s side toured the country in 2006, six years after they were granted Test status.”We knew that we have this ability, and we needed that belief, and we can only get this belief by winning matches,” the Guardian quoted Shakib as saying.”But there is no shortage of self-belief at this moment. Now we feel that we are very much unbeatable at home – doesn’t matter who we are playing against. So this is the belief that makes a team a very good team, and a winning team,” he added.Reuters PhotoIt should be noted that Bangladesh have not played a single Test against Australia during Shakib’s entire career, making this impending series all the more significant.”None of our team members in this squad played Tests against Australia, so it will be very exciting,” said the left-arm all-rounder.advertisementBangladesh, which had a disastrous run of 71 defeats in 72 internationals from 1999 to 2004, have transformed into a team capable of surprising their opponents and causing upsets.In the last one year, they have reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals, cemented their ODI ranking of seventh and defeated England at home in a Test and Sri Lanka away – where their 1-1 series draw bodes ill for Australia, who lost 0-3 in Sri Lanka in 2016.The second Test will start in Chittagong on September 4 and the Australians will depart from Bangladesh on September 9.last_img read more

Road infrastructure challenges cited by residents to Wheeland MP

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Related Items:blue hills, delroy williams, infrastructure, wheeland Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – Bad roads, bad lighting and a bad mess of traffic are what residents of Wheeland and Blue Hills are calling the Member of Parliament for electoral district #10 about. Hon Delroy Williams is the second MP this week to express sentiments reportedly being expressed to him about the condition of life in the country’s largest residential community. Williams is calling on residents to petition government to improve the infrastructure and he is also sending a clarion call to Premier Rufus Ewing to better the constituencies. Among the suggestions: create another roadway into and out of Blue Hills to reduce the traffic clog; he said emergency vehicles find it near impossible to pass during the morning and afternoon commutes and when they do get through, it is an often dangerous and staggering situation. The Wheeland Member calls the traffic and road conditions in Blue Hills and Wheeland, “hazardous.” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills manlast_img read more

You have until Nov 29 to take advantage of Globus EBB

center_img Tags: Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, Globus, Monograms Posted by TORONTO — If you’ve got clients inquiring about escorted touring for next year, now’s the time to act: Globus’ 10% thank you for booking early is set to expire Nov. 29.The offer applies to the operator’s itineraries in Europe as well as South and North America.“This annual offer is one of our most popular incentives,” Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada says. “It’s a terrific inducement to your clients to make a commitment – they may be leaving hundreds of dollars on the table otherwise.”Clients can combine the EBB with a 5% ‘Journeys Club’ discount if they have ever previously travelled with the Globus family (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways). Throw in complimentary airport transfers in destination when clients’ air coincides with tour start/end dates, and it’s a tempting bundle of generous savings.Globus offers an extensive selection of itineraries on all three continents: 89 in Europe, 49 in North America (including two in Costa Rica) and 12 in South America.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Find out more at www.agentlingo.ca.last_img read more