In Dimeh: A ‘Creek of Life’

first_imgDimeh, twenty minutes away from Duala, Monrovia, is small, but big in its own right. One can walk through the town in about fifteen minutes. However, a tour of the same town, through the lenses of history, cultural heritage and age-old tradition, could take the better part of two hours. No doubt, the town has fought hard to maintain its claim to fame over they years, in spite of not being officially recognized by any statutory power (i.e. Government of Liberia) as a ‘cultural destination’. Gradually, the town leadership, its people and friends of the town are working to ensure that Dimeh becomes a model of what a cultural destination should be. When you hear about Dimeh, usually in the same sentence one would hear the name, Bai T. Moore, Liberia’s late-great literary icon, who wrote many novels, the most famous of them, “Murder in the Cassava Patch. And then one might hear the name, Peter Ballah, another great practitioner ofLiberian culture, an actor, comedian and a protégé of the late Moore. Both are buried side by side, in majestically designed tombs atop a hill on the side of the town. But that is not all; there are certain amazing aspects of the town that render it somehow enchanted, which many do not know. One of them is a creek ‘that gives life,’ we are told. The creek and its secret go far back to when the town was founded more than a century ago (1898 or thereabout) and its ancestors built a strong tie with the creek. From the story narrated to LIB Life by Dimeh Town Chief Ansumana Varney and Jenneh Rogers, Chairlady of the Women of the town, the shallow, clear-water creek not only provides water for drinking and other domestic use, it posses a natural, aesthetic serenity. But what many do not know about the creek is the supernatural effect it is said to have in the town. It is believed that the creek answers prayers for people who want children, as well as many other heart-strung desires when the prayer is offered, without any ritual sacrifice. “Women from this town and other people from different areas visit the creek when they cannot give birth. It is our tradition and has been working for us from the days of our ancestors. You do not need to make any ritual sacrifice, but just offer a prayer,” Ma Jenneh Rogers said.Narrating her personal experience, Ma Jenneh, who is also a niece of the late Bai T. Moore, noted that when she got married it was difficult for her to give birth, but her parents took her to the creek and offered prayers she was able to conceive. “My first child I had was from the creek and she is now living abroad. My daughter now works as a doctor and I’m very grateful to the creek,” she said.LIB Life asked Ma Jenneh if there was another side to the creek apart from giving life and granting the heart’s desires. Her reply was a very encouraging, “Yes, there is!” “This one may be hard to believe but it happened for real. When the Charles Taylor war drove us from this town, we ran away into the bush and left our property. The spirit came from the creek and drove the rebels from the town. “After the town had been cleared, there was a medicine man who came from Buutuo, Nimba County and met a boy alone in the town and asked the boy to inform the townspeople to return.“I was the first to return. That day, I met the medicine man and he told me that it was our ancestors had chased the rebels away and wanted us to return. “Before I returned to the bush to inform the others, I visited the creek and offered some prayer asking that the spirit should stop coming to town because we are coming back. Before I could take my leave, I drank the water, washed my face and bathed my grandson, who is now in England,” she added emphatically.Another side to this account is that no one is allowed to fish in the creek and even when washing, if a soap slips and falls between a split rock, nobody should dare put their hands in there to retrieve it.Joining us, Ansumana Varney, Town Chief of Dimeh, said it is the elderly people’s responsibility to take any one who wishes to go there and offer a word of prayer to the creek and the prayer will be answered, although “not immediately.”Moreover there is a rule: No one is allowed to place a baby on his or her back to carry it to the creek; otherwise, when that individual returns to the town the child will not live.Interestingly, as LIB Life moved about the creek, Town Chief Varney said if a man wishes to offer a prayer he will have to wash his face four times; for women, it is three times. “But remember it during the washing of the face that the prayer is offered.”“From the day we were born, we have been going by this tradition and no one can challenge it. It is very true,” Chief Varney added.According to him, during festivals there are special times for people to go to the creek to offer prayers. “However, when the women go to offer prayers, the men are not allowed there,” and vice versa. “If you challenge it, it will be your end.“I have seen it,” elder Varney said. “There was time when the women were in session and a few men from the town went to see, but they did not live after they returned.”Dimeh is a tiny town probably with 250 inhabitants, no store, a two-room school building and a women’s social and business club.Despite the perennial dry season in Liberia, the creek remains clean and clear and never runs dry. And no matter how blazing the sun is in the surrounding area, the creek remains cool.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wenger tells Henry to quit Sky or say goodbye to Arsenal job

first_imgWenger, 66, feels his fellow Frenchman cannot work within the club during the week and then criticise their players at the weekend.Henry, who is seen as a possible future Arsenal manager, is known to be unhappy with the situation, which will lead to him having to continue his coaching requirements at another club rather than the one that has a statue of him outside their stadium.Henry, who is doing his Pro Licence coaching badge, had wanted to continue his role with Arsenal’s junior sides and had been offered a paid role of assistant manager with the Under 18s by academy head Andries Jonker.Henry has spent time with various age groups as part of his UEFA A licence qualifications, leaving Dutchman Jonker and other senior figures to regard Henry, the talisman of the 2004 Arsenal Invincibles side as an inspiring figure for the young Gunners.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3685240/Arsene-Wenger-tells-Thierry-Henry-Quit-Sky-say-goodbye-job-Arsenal.htmlThe club’s record goalscorer, whose Sky deal is believed to be worth £4million a year, had offered to work for nothing for Arsenal with his proposed salary being shared among the other academy coaches.Wenger is in the hypocritical position of taking a busy TV role himself with beIN Sport throughout Euro 2016.It is understood the manager has had reservations about his former captain combining roles since Henry said on Sky in April 2015 that Arsenal would struggle to win the Premier League while Olivier Giroud was the first-choice striker.Wenger is forming a habit of falling out with club superstars. Patrick Vieira is still hurt by Wenger not offering him a coaching role when he retired in 2011 and is now being groomed to be the future boss of Manchester City.The hardline approach to Henry comes at a time when Wenger is under consideration for the England job, if the FA are prepared to wait one more season until the end of his current contract.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenger has ruled that Henry can only have a coaching role with Arsenal’s academy if he devotes himself full-time and relinquishes his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.PHOTO/courtesy.LONDON, United Kingdom, July 12 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has delivered an extraordinary ultimatum to Thierry Henry, arguably the greatest player in the club’s history.Wenger has ruled that Henry can only have a coaching role with Arsenal’s academy if he devotes himself full-time and relinquishes his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.last_img read more

African economies ‘to remain resilient’

first_img25 January 2012While economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will remain subdued at about 5% in 2012, in line with an expected slowdown in global activity, none of the continent’s key economies are expected to slip into recession, a new report by Standard Bank says.The bank’s latest African Markets Revealed report examines some of the key international and local factors that will drive markets in 21 African economies and covers strategies for investing in the continent across foreign exchange, interest rates, equities and Eurobonds.African markets ‘to roll with the punches’The report notes that the significant downward re-pricing of global growth since May 2011 fostered a jittery risk environment, which added to the very testing circumstances already faced by many African markets.However, Standard Bank Group head of African research Stephen Bailey-Smith maintains that there are good reasons to believe that African markets will roll with the punches in 2012.“Although we are still cautious on global growth, we are more constructive on asset prices that have already discounted plenty of bad news and are benefiting from ample G4 liquidity,” he said in a statement this week. “Such an outlook should prove more supportive for commodity prices and portfolio flows into Africa that have been extremely limited in recent years.”Economic growth forecastStandard Bank’s latest economic growth forecast remains the same as that of 2011 and is below the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 5.2% projection.“Since May 2011 we have been revising down our growth estimates for Africa predominantly in line with an expected slowdown in global growth activity,” said Bailey-Smith. “Our projection for weighted sub-Saharan African growth was 5% in 2011 and a similar trajectory in 2012, which is well below the IMF’s expectation of 5.8%.”He explained that one of the key issues of disparity between the IMF and the Standard Bank Group view is with regards to South Africa, which remains the largest economy on the continent.Standard Bank Group expects South Africa’s economic growth in 2012 to be lower than expected, which will drag down sub-Saharan African’s weighted growth aggregate.The IMF expects South Africa to grow at 3.6% in 2012 (up from 3.4% in 2011), but Standard Bank Group expects both of these numbers to be lower than expected, pulling down the Sub-Saharan Africa aggregate, he said.Upward revision of Nigerian GDPThe report notes that another potential complicating factor will be the likely sharp upward revision to GDP that Nigeria is likely to get from the result of new survey data. This will increase the weights of the faster growing sectors of the economy in a similar way to the process in Ghana in late 2010.“Interestingly, excluding South Africa and Nigeria, the IMF sees Sub-Saharan Africa growth of 6.8% year-on-year in 2012 from 5.4% in 2011,” said Bailey-Smith. “Once again we are more cautious, projecting a figure of 6.0% for 2012 as more likely, as we see SA as the key drain rather than Nigeria.”The report is upbeat about the performance of currencies, bonds and equities in key African markets, noting that there has been marked improvement in recent months in the performance of Africa’s currencies as the markets again pressed home the message that real interest rates matter.“The sharp increases in interest rates have added significant protection to a number of currencies and made them extremely attractive from a carry trade prospective,” the report explains.Political risks remainThe report also cites political risk of a series of elections as one of the exogenous variables driving Africa’s markets that will remain a key differentiator in 2012.“There is no shortage of election risks across Africa in 2012, with elections (or referendums) taking place in possibly 20 out of the 54 countries across the continent.“The most closely followed by the international investor community will be the outcome of the ongoing electoral process in Egypt, presidential election in Senegal on 26 Feb 12, parliamentary and presidential elections in Kenya and parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana in December 2012”, said Bailey-Smith.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why Yahoo! + RSS = Good Thing

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I’ve been readingup on Yahoo!’s decision to add RSS feeds to the mix of content they provide on the My Yahoo! portal. The decision for them is all about enhancing their strategy for users to put all their Web content “in one place” – their place. It’s the same old Portal strategy that was so popular on the Web in the mid-90’s, but which very few companies actually got right. Yahoo! was one of those that did get it right – in fact they were the standard-bearer.The portal strategy still drives Yahoo!’s business model, even though they were leapfrogged a few years ago by Google’s minimalist interface centered around search. But while Google has been reaping all the goodwill (and now money), Yahoo! has stuck to their guns, trying to be the One Place where mainstream Web users go for all their content needs. And Yahoo! has continued to be successful with that strategy – they have a very large user base and incredibly high brand recognition.So the main reason why Yahoo!’s addition of RSS features is big news? Simply put, it’s that Yahoo! is now pushing RSS as a key source of content for them and their many mainstream users.From a user (and content creator) perspective, Yahoo!’s embrace of RSS is a leap forward in acceptance of RSS as a mainstream source of content. Jeremy Zawodny, a Yahoo! developer, pointed out that RSS feeds on Yahoo! will “Just Work”. Put another way, Yahoo! will make RSS “almost completely invisible”. It will be easy-peasy lemon-squeezy for users to subscribe to RSS feeds on their My Yahoo! homepages.Story From The TrenchesTo underline the importance of making RSS user-friendly to mainstream people, I’d like to share with you a little story from the trenches. I’m a Web Producer at a medium-sized company and recently I tried to pursuade some of my business colleagues to add an RSS feed to our corporate website, for press releases. This was in response to their initial request for email notifications. Some other people in my IT team also know about RSS, so I decided it was time for me to try and sell the business folks on it. The conversation went along these lines (note: I’ve edited it so that no personalities except for me can be identified):Me: [long email stating my case for adding an RSS feed to our corporate website. I include a link to the NY Times RSS webpage, as an example.]Business User: I tried to click through on the RSS feed buttons on the NY Times link and got a page of web code – should these links work?Me: Ah, unfortunately you’ve hit on the reason why RSS feeds aren’t yet mainstream. When you click on an RSS feed, you do get a page of XML code. The way to subscribe is to copy the link into what’s called an RSS Reader (or News Reader or RSS Aggregator).[I then proceed to explain about Bloglines and other RSS Aggregators. I get a bit carried away and probably overstate my case.]Business User: I’d be inclined not to use software that requires a would-be recipient of this service to download additional software. It’s too much for normal web users. However, if it becomes simpler, we should definitely move to use it.Me: [mildly panicing now – have I blown it?] I’d still like to include an RSS feed. Heh, I admit RSS is a passion of mine. Can we still have the RSS link along with a short explanation, but push email notifications as the number 1 option?Business: As long as there is a simple option. The primary option must have a direct signup with no additional downloads.Me: Whew! [a small victory for RSS]Of course the moral here is that the business user is 100% correct – it’s not up to me (a technologist) to push my geeky hobbies onto users. It’s up to me to provide the “direct signup” that the business requires. For me to sell RSS to the business, I have to provide a solution that will hide the XML code – and the terminology associated with it – from the users. It has to be Easy As Email™ (to coin a trademark).And that is precisely where Yahoo! comes in (not necessarily for my company’s website users, but generally speaking…).Yahoo!’s core service is to provide a homepage in a browser, where users can sign up to receive content. Simple. And now RSS is Content too, according to Yahoo! Great! It means users don’t need to go elsewhere on the Web or know about XML to sign up to these “RSS feeds” (whatever they are).It bears repeating: what RSS is to Yahoo! users is a new source of CONTENT. Yahoo! hides all the geekery behind the content.SummaryBecause a huge number of normal folks already use Yahoo!, there’s an equally huge customer base just waiting to join the RSS revolution. Yahoo! users will experience the revolution on their same old My Yahoo! homepage – and does that matter? Not a jot. Content Creators will be pleased, because they’ll have a whole new audience. And users will be pleased, because they’ll have a whole new range of content to read.Of course, once even bigger woolly mammoths join the party (e.g. Microsoft) – things will get even more interesting in the RSS space. Hmmm, well what’s your take on that? Has Yahoo! gained a jump on Microsoft and even Google when it comes to Content? richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#Web 2.0 center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

AI and Machine Learning: Cognitive Systems Create Insights and Improved Quality For Banking and Manufacturing

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are two of the top technology trends for 2017 according to Gartner.  These technologies are expected to be integrated into everything from small devices, to software products and services, for both consumers and businesses.A recent study by IDC predicts huge growth in spending on AI and Machine Learning:Spending on Artificial Intelligence is forecast by IDC to grow from $8 billion in 2016 to $47 billion in 2020.More than half of AI spending will be in the areas of banking, retail, healthcare and discrete manufacturing.Jessica Goepfert, program director at Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC, said that “near-term opportunities for cognitive systems are in industries such as banking, securities and investments, and manufacturing. In these segments, we find a wealth of unstructured data, a desire to harness insights from this information, and an openness to innovative technologies. Furthermore, the value proposition of cognitive systems aligns well with industry executives’ chief priorities. For instance, cognitive technologies are being used in the banking industry to detect and combat fraud–consistently a top industry pain point. Meanwhile, in manufacturing, executives cite improving product quality as a top initiative. In this case, cognitive systems recognise and know how to respond to dynamic fluctuations in product specs by adapting the production to stay within quality targets.”last_img read more

CIOs: Think Like CEOs

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jake smith Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img CIOs today are in the cross hairs of every major decision companies make. In order to be your CEO’s most valuable asset, today’s CIO’s need to think like their CEO’s. Cloud computing has transformed our landscape and allowed CIO’s to envision an environment of decreasing cost pressures, increasing compute, storage and network capacity with elastic flexibility. Yet, how does Opex reduction translate into revenue growth? According to IDC, trading dollars spent for IT maintenance for innovation could drive more than $1 trillion in increased business revenues between now and the end of 2014. Once you decide that the business of IT is the business, then Cloud computing can enable CIOs to concentrate on delivering higher levels of business value in the form of new IT services, while providing the agility and scalability needed to deliver IT innovations quickly and efficiently.Jake Smith is a member of Intel’s Data Center Group focused on Virtualization and Cloud Computing technologies. He is a Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board for ZeroNines Technology, Inc. and formerly worked for Sequent Computer Systems and IBM.Seize OpportunityThrough delivery of business agility, a well-defined cloud computing plan allows companies to quickly seize business opportunities and gain first-mover advantage in new markets. It is difficult to move quickly when legacy IT tasks are over 80 percent of a CIO’s agenda. In addition, cloud computing offers the potential for bottom-line benefits while reducing cost through efficient utilization of IT resources. Automating cloud infrastructure, and taking advantage of cloud standards as they mature; is essential to realize efficiencies and increase agility.Start With a Private CloudSecurity is a critical consideration to cloud computing. This can be the case with public cloud services due to regulatory and compliance issues around multi-tenancy and movement of corporate data. Consequently, many companies begin by implementing an enterprise cloud from inside out, focusing initially on building a private cloud to host critical business applications. Private clouds can evolve from your company’s existing virtualized infrastructure, capitalizing on previous IT investments. By maintaining data and computing resources within the enterprise, your IT staff can oversee security and compliance, including the use of existing controls to protect data from compromise. And they can take advantage of new platform-based security technologies, as they become available, to increase protection and resilience to attacks. Additionally, IT can control the location and management of sensitive data, making it easier to comply with privacy and regulatory requirements.Embracing Public CloudsOver time, CIO’s (like the CEO’s of IT) need to be building towards a hybrid utilization model for public clouds. The key here is secure federation. Cloud federation is critical to maximizing IT elasticity and efficiency, enabling easy movement of workloads and services between different IT infrastructures within the enterprise – and ultimately moving workloads between private and public clouds. For smaller projects, CIO’s smaller customers and suppliers, public clouds may be a cost-effective way for to meet their IT needs. This depends on their size, security needs and overall IT requirements. As public clouds mature, and standards emerge, public clouds will become more suitable for a broader range of enterprise applications. But the time is now to start acting like the “CEO of IT,” and start moving your business to more agile and flexible model. CEO’s and CIO’s alike are measured on growth metrics… embrace agility, embrace transformation and lead with Innovation.The New CIO Agenda 2011Graceland boardroom photo by Mike Miley Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

LinkedIn Reveals The Top 25 Job Skills Of The Year

first_imgLooks like 2014 was the year of the data scientist, judging by LinkedIn’s “25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014” report. The social network people use to impress their peers and future bosses, LinkedIn knows very well what skills recruiters search for on its site and which particular talents get people hired. So it analyzed the data in more than 330 million member profiles to figure out which skill was the most in-demand. Globally, the winner is—drumroll, please—statistical analysis and data mining. That makes perfect sense, if you take into account the other big trends this year and the intense load of data they’ll accumulate about us. Data, Data Everywhere—But What Does It Mean? This year, several emerging technologies got their sea legs.Smart homes got some juice, thanks to acquisitions by Samsung and Google, and Apple’s splashy HomeKit announcement. Wearable devices, and their continually evolving health and fitness tracking features, also leapt to the foreground this year. Meanwhile, TV streaming officially graduated from geek hobby to a mainstream obsession—so much so that the TV tracking experts at Nielsen decided to monitor online television viewing too.That’s just for starters. All of these innovations and more will lead to a new high in data aggregation, the likes of which we have not seen before. And someone has to make sense of it all. So companies have been vying for the folks who can do just that. Big, sexy articles by the likes of Forbes, Harvard and Time magazine probably helped the cause, ratcheting up the profile and appeal of occupations that, until now, remained largely behind the scenes. Of course, that’s not the only area to ponder. LinkedIn also singled out 24 other “hot” skills in its list.The 25 Hottest Professional Skills Of 2014  Statistical Analysis and Data MiningMiddleware and Integration SoftwareStorage Systems and ManagementNetwork and Information SecuritySEO/SEM MarketingBusiness IntelligenceMobile DevelopmentWeb Architecture and Development FrameworkAlgorithm DesignPerl/Python/RubyData Engineering and Data WarehousingMarketing Campaign ManagementMac, Linux and Unix SystemsUser Interface DesignRecruitingDigital and Online MarketingComputer Graphics and AnimationEconomicsJava DevelopmentChannel MarketingSAP ERP SystemsIntegrated Circuit (IC) DesignShell Scripting LanguagesGame DevelopmentVirtualizationMy, how times change. Last year, LinkedIn reported that the top skill in 2013 was social media marketing, followed by mobile development. Now, last year’s winner doesn’t even appear on the chart, and mobile development fell to #7. Also, take note, developers: While programming skills remain important to employers, the Perl, Python and Ruby coding languages took a tumble, from #4 to #10 now. But The U.S. Has Its Head In The CloudsThe LinkedIn report also offers a country-by-country breakdown of its report. Notably, statistical analysis and data mining came in second on the U.S. list, beat out by cloud and distributed computing. Other trends LinkedIn spotted:Recruiters are in demand globally. Recruiting was in the top 20 across most of the countries we examined. In Brazil, it even came up as the 2nd hottest skill….STEM specialties dominate hiring priorities. It’s hard not to notice that most of the skills that made the list are related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)….Marketing is back in vogue. Interestingly, another quite popular profession on the list is marketing. The focus this year was on SEO/SEM specialists, campaign managers and digital marketers….Consider this a capsule view on the recruitment year that was, and a preview of what employers will clamor for as the new year arrives. Lead image by smi23le Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#employment#Jobs#LinkedIn#recruiting center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair adriana lee Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The Wireless Power Merger Is Official

first_imgTags:#A4WP#Alliance for Wireless Power#Inductive Charging#Inductive Power#merger#PMA#Power Matters Alliance#qi#Resonant Charging#Ron Resnick#wireless charging#wireless power#WPC Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… brian p rubin Two of the three major wireless-charging standard groups—the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA)—finally announced Monday that their plans to merge are official. After over a year of discussion, PMA and A4WP are officially becoming one, leaving the Wireless Power Consortium and its Qi wireless charging platform as the sole alternative.While two is better than three for hardware developers trying to sort out which wireless-charging bandwagon to jump on, the combined entity has technical challenges to overcome in unifying its own efforts.Oh, and it needs a name, too.Inductive Versus ResonantThe PMA’s board of directors includes representatives from the likes of Duracell, Powermat Technologies, Flextronics, AT&T, and Starbucks, to name a few. A4WP, meanwhile, counts Qualcomm, Samsung, and Broadcom on its board, among others. The union of these two organizations means a whole lot of tech companies coming together to form a wireless charging standard that PMA president Ron Resnick hopes will change the way the world powers its electronics.The Powermat wireless charging station is based on PMA’s charging standard.“We’d like to see this [organization] really be the [organization] that takes it global and the biggest companies in the world have bet on it,” Resnick said in an interview. “We plan to really be aggressive about building out and seeing infrastructures go everywhere for our wireless charging. So we have a lot of work ahead of us, but that’s our plan.”Resnick said that the newly established entity plans on figuring out a name in a couple of months. What’s more important is that when the A4WP and PMA join forces, they’ll combine both of their wireless charging standards into one multi-mode solution for device-makers to rely on. Currently, PMA’s standard relies on magnetic induction, which requires devices to be placed on a charging surface for power transfer to happen. On the other hand, A4WP’s charging standard relies on resonance charging, which pumps power out at a a greater distance, meaning devices can be a foot or two away to receive power.“It just seemed like it was a natural evolution path to combine the two into one industry org that really does one thing: the goal is to deliver a really good experience for users regardless of what the use case is and having the different technologies work collaboratively together under one roof made a lot of sense,” said Resnick. “So both boards of directors agreed to that, and so we’re real happy that we’ve now signed the merger agreement, and we will be one industry organization.”The WPC’s Qi standard remains an outlier, albeit one that boasts a growing list of high-profile products with its wireless charging standard built in—devices made by the likes of LG, HTC, Motorola, and Sony, to name but a few. The Samsung Galaxy S6 supports charging standards from both the PMA and Qi. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is compatible with PMA and Qi wireless charging stations.Resnick explained that this is a result of broad similarities between Qi and PMA’s inductive charging technology.“The chip companies who manufacture the inductive technology, they’re already doing dual-mode,” he said, adding that their similarities make it relatively easy for devices like the Galaxy S6 to support both standards.The new organization’s edge comes from the fact that it’ll also boast the longer-range resonant charging technology under the same umbrella.“You can have a phone that has our resonant technology and inductive and it’s going to work,” he said. “We think that has the better story.”Why This MattersWhile it’s still not a widely used technology, wireless charging is clearly the next step in how we power our gadgets. It affects hardware makers and consumers. And common standards drive down prices over time, benefiting builders and buyers alike. Now that there are only two organizations vying for supremacy, we’ll likely start to see a lot more devices that offer wireless charging technology. With a more binary choice in front of them, device makers will soon pick a side, just like manufacturers once did during VHS and Betamax’s infamous format wars (and the less memorable Blu-ray and HD-DVD battle a few decades later). It’s very possible that the combined might of the PMA and A4WP could be enough to make their wireless charging stand out against the WPC’s Qi standard. Then again, if Resnick gets his wish, WPC will come into the fold before too long.“I’d love to see a unification of the whole ecosystem,” he said. “I would absolutely encourage the WPC to approach us and figure out how we can get their inductive technology.… We’d be happy to do it.”Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; Powermat image courtesy of Powermat; Galaxy S6 image courtesy of Samsungcenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 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Additional Extension of Temporary Relief Provided for Wisconsin Energy Emergencies (Notice 2019-04)

first_imgThe IRS has provided another extension of the temporary dyed fuel relief provided in section 3.02 of Notice 2017-30, 2017-21 I.R.B. 1248 (TAXDAY, 2017/05/04, I.2). Notice 2017-30 was published in response to energy emergencies in Wisconsin resulting from the permanent shutdown of the segment of the West Shore Pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay. The rules originally applied to removals of dyed diesel fuel and kerosene from Green Bay terminals on or after October 31, 2017, and before May 4, 2018. An extension to the time period had been provided by section 3 of Notice 2018-39, 2018-20, I.R.B. 582 (TAXDAY, 2018/04/27, I.5) through December 31, 2018. An additional extension to the time period has been provided and extended relief will be available beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2019.Relief ExtensionCode Sec. 4081(a)(1)(A)(ii) imposes tax on the removal of taxable fuel, which includes diesel fuel and kerosene, from any terminal. Code Sec. 4082(a) provides that the tax imposed by Code Sec. 4081 does not apply to diesel fuel and kerosene that is indelibly dyed in accordance with Treasury regulations, meets any marking requirements prescribed by Treasury regulations, and is destined for a nontaxable use.For the period beginning on January 1, 2019, and ending on December 31, 2019, if any person (the position holder) that removes diesel fuel or kerosene that satisfies the requirements of Code Sec. 4082 from a Green Bay terminal establishes that a prior tax was paid with respect to the removal of such fuel from a Milwaukee or Madison terminal, then an amount equal to the prior tax paid shall be allowed as a refund (without interest) to the position holder in the same manner as if it were an overpayment of tax imposed by Code Sec. 4081.Notice 2017-59, 2017-45 I.R.B. 484 (TAXDAY, 2017/10/20, I.5), provides guidance on how persons eligible for relief may submit claims for refund. The extension of temporary relief is not available with respect to any transaction for which one or more conditions set forth in section 3.02 of Notice 2017-59 are not satisfied or for any refund claim that fails to comply with the procedures set forth in sections 3.03 and 3.04 of Notice 2017-59. Also, any reference in Notice 2017-59 to removals from a Milwaukee terminal shall be read to also include removals from a Madison terminal.Notice 2019-04Other References:Code Sec. 4081CCH Reference – ETR ¶8915.015CCH Reference – ETR ¶8915.06CCH Reference – ETR ¶8915.315Code Sec. 4082CCH Reference – ETR ¶9215.05CCH Reference – ETR ¶9215.055CCH Reference – ETR ¶9215.25Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC EXCISE: 6,102.40CCH Reference – TRC EXCISE: 6,110.15Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flop

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with his players after defeat to West Ham.The Sun says he told his flops that they were ’embarrassing’ him after United’s loss.The under-pressure Red Devils boss also tore into them at half-time, saying their performance bored him. Solskjaer, yesterday given a vote of confidence by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, regularly defends players in the media.Yet privately, he has been constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels.On Sunday in the capital he also accused them of showing no energy and panicking in the final third.Morale is understood to be extremely low, with the mood having changed dramatically from pre-season when Solskjaer lifted the squad. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more