Forget Bureaucracy, Copyright Your Work!

first_imgFor too long, the blame has been laid at the doorstep of the Liberian Copyright Office for not doing much to protect creators’ intellectual property. But LIB Life has recently discovered that the continued increase in copyright infringement is the result of creative artists’ lack of eagerness to copyright their work.Almost all of the creative works on the Liberian market, ranging from film, music, works of drawing and painting to architecture, sculpture, engraving, lithography and tapestry are not copyright protected. This inaction on the part of creators gives pirates the freedom to duplicate and sell artists’ works in the tens of thousands, thereby making a killing, while the actual owners of said intellectual property make very little from their creativity.Most creators LIB Life interviewed admitted that they do not copyright their work because they feel too much bureaucracy actually makes it difficult for the copyright office to function. For example, if the copyright office wants to enforce the copyright law by getting rid of pirated products, the copyright office has to write the Ministry of Justice to request security to carry out the raid. In addition, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, under which the work of the Copyright Office directly falls, has to first give its consent before such an action is taken.This kind of bureaucracy takes time before it turns into action, and most often, it does not become a reality. Another typical example was “Operation Big Fish”, which was carried out a few years ago by then acting Officer in Charge, Ernest Bruce. It was an initiative meant to enforce the copyright law by clearing the market of large quantities of pirated work. But the enforcement did not last for more than one day because support from other line ministries (Justice, Information Cultural Affairs & Tourism AND the Ministry of Commerce & Industry) was not forthcoming. “In a few hours’ time during the enforcement, a few stores that sell pirated products were closed. But the support needed was not present to from the line ministries to continue the enforcement. The worst part is that we did not get security [personnel] from the Ministry of Justice. I think the reason this is happening is because there is a, there is a school of thought that enforcing he copyright law will have a negative impact on our economy, and it is this kind of thinking that is killing the creators,” Ernest Bruce, former office in Charge of Copyright said. Another point creative artists stress is that many of them are not aware of the copyright law describing the Copyright Office as an institution that does not create awareness about its function and about why artists should trust them despite the bureaucracy.While the artists’ point of argument is logical in terms of the prohibitive level of bureaucracy which undermines the independent function of the copyright office and the lack of awareness, this should not be an excuse that prevents artists from copyrighting their works.One thing all Liberian creators need to understand is that their creation is an asset; and as such, copyright protection of their creativity plays a very key role in the life of creators as it gives them the legal rights and opportunity to generate income years after the work has been produced (royalties, license fees, etc.) Weather it is books, films, paintings, sculptures or music, copyright protection gives creators the rights to license it for distribution and/or reproduction as well as generating royalties from the work. For example, if an artist produces a very soul stirring and inspiring song, which then becomes a hit, he or she automatically owns the copyright since it his/her creation. But when it comes to copyright infringement, that artist will find it difficult to win such a case in court, get royalties from his work or license it if the work is not copyrighted.Former veteran musician, Abraham Kallon said, “Copyrighting gives creators the legal rights to pursue anyone who infringes on your work — either by making them pay for any monetary loss incurred or carrying them to court. I think it is advisable that every Liberian creator copyright their work. No matter the problem, they need to remember that their creation is their asset. “Copyrighting it gives you the opportunity to decide to choose between those who want permission to use your work, making sure that you gain from the license given out or stopping anyone who is using it without your knowledge. “Remember that when an artist gives a license out, it is a legal authorization permitting the said party to use that work, whether it is distribution or reproduction. It also protects your work, and it serves as evidence against others who do not have license to use your work but are using it. “When your work is copyrighted, it makes it easy for you to win such a case in court, especially in the case of copyright infringement,” Kallon added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Principal-Agent problem in oil contract

first_imgAsked in another section of the media about the trenchant criticisms the oil contract renegotiated with ExxonMobil by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has attracted, Marxist academic and present head of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Dr Clive Thomas made two claims. Firstly, he said there needs to be “empirical evidence” to demonstrate the contract was not in Guyana’s interest before criticising and secondly, a “Principal-Agent Problem” (PAP) existed, where Guyana (the principal) and ExxonMobil (the agent) have different “motivations”.The first claim is rather alarming since it suggests that contracts by the Government can only be critiqued ex post facto; after the evidence of any weakness of the contract would have become manifest. He therefore rejects analyses that considered contractual terms in other similar situations and compared those experiences with what our contract may imply. For instance, where analysts have looked at other countries at a similar stage of development of their oil industry as ours negotiated with oil producers and extracted larger signing bonuses, royalties, and tax revenues.Stating the obvious that every contract, including Guyana’s – in this case on oil – is unique, he would therefore silence all comments based on premises derived from empirical observations of other similar phenomena. In other words, he would reject the inductive method of reasoning, which has been used for millennia, to offer probabilities of new occurrences. For instance, Trotman, if he had done his homework, would have demanded an eight per cent royalty rate by pointing out that this was the low end of the average for new African oil producers rather than the two per cent he accepted. What is ironic is that Thomas’ second claim on the PAP (here on contracts) is an instance of deriving principles from empirical observations of how principals and agents have actually behaved in situations through the ages.The principles of the PAP were proposed in the 1970s and applied in several fields other than contracts. It arises when one party (agent) agrees to work in favour of another party (principal) in return for some incentives. As Thomas pointed out, when a “principal” hires an “agent” to perform a task, they each have different motivations: in Thomas rather inelegant phraseology, the Agent (ExxonMobil) ‘will try to rob us as much as they can” while the Principal (here the Government) has “to figure out how best we can defeat them”.Actually, in accepting the different orientation of the Agent, the Principal is supposed to create conditions – spelled out in a contract – that will make that orientation match his as best as possible. This is generally achieved by offering the “incentives” – known as “agency costs” – typically monies in relationships that are covered by contracts. There were four “Principles of Contract Design” proposed draft better contracts: the informativeness principle, the incentive intensity principle, the monitoring intensity principle, and the equal compensation principle.Rather than wait until the contract that Trotman renegotiated is executed before passing judgement, the critics are implicitly questioning whether he as the Principal for Guyana, had the requisite experts in contract negotiation – specifically in oil – to help him when he sat across the table from the negotiators of ExxonMobil who had a century of institutional memory. The basic conflict in PAP relationships arises out of what is called “information asymmetry”; that is, each party not privy to the same information and each using the information available to them for their own benefit.Take for instance, when in 1999 the People’s Progressive Party Government signed the original oil exploration contract with ExxonMobil, the latter probably had information available from the US geological survey taken from satellite imaging – and announced the following year – but the Government of Guyana did not and proposed attractive incentives such as a one per cent royalty. However, when Trotman renegotiated the contract oil had already been stuck and the information now available should have convinced him that incentives much more in favour of Guyana could be redesigned, without Exxon walking away.last_img read more

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2019 Africa Gold Cup cancelled

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Simbas fans take selifies with the players after the Kenya v Tunisia Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the RFUEA Ground on August 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – The 2019 Africa Gold Cup has been cancelled, the Rugby Africa governing body announced.This follows after the premature termination of Rugby Africa and Kwese Sports contract which has left a huge gap in the 2019 budget. “In 2019, Rugby Africa must organize Olympic Qualifiers for men and women for Tokyo 2020 as well as the first African Qualifier tournament for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup,” the continental body said in a statement.“We regret to inform you that the 2019 Silver Cup and 2019 Gold Cup tournaments are cancelled. Rugby Africa’s EXCO is currently working in conjunction with World Rugby to suggest other formats of fifteen-a-side competitions which will be financially viable in 2019 and won’t jeopardize the future of Rugby Africa’s competitions,” the Africa Rugby added.Kenya Simbas Coleman Were makes a run against Tunisia during their Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the RFUEA Ground on August 11, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“At the same time, we are working on a new Rugby World Cup Qualifier model which needs to be sustainable, inclusive and attractive. Unions will be consulted in this process with an aim to release the final fixtures for 2020 in October 2019.”“We understand that this decision may impact your own programme and will be a disappointment for your players. Rugby Africa’s EXCO in collaboration with Steph Nel – Rugby Service Manager Africa for World Rugby – have considered many different approaches and although it was a hard call to make, we felt that this was the only viable option. We do look forward to working with you on an exciting project for 2020.”“We will come back to you shortly about possible other options for men’s fifteen-a-side competition in 2019 as well as the final dates and venues for the Olympic Qualifiers.” read the press statement sent to all Rugby Unions in Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Edna K. Schmidt, age 86

first_imgEdna was cared for at home by her family and loving support of her caregivers: Wanda Patton, Linda Newburn, Julia Bosler, Jennifer Gibson, Peggy McDaniels, Joyce Shutters, Janet Alton, Janie Whittaker and Susan Graves. We are truly grateful for their help and support during this difficult time.There will be no visitation but there will be a Procession leaving at 3:00 PM, Monday, May 16, 2016 from Swarens Funeral Home to the Marengo Cemetery for a Graveside Service. Following the service, a Celebration of Life and dinner will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. All family and friends are invited to attend both and to share their memories at the dinner.In lei of flowers the family requested that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 510 N. Mulberry St., Corydon, IN 47112. Edna K. Schmidt, age 86, passed away May 12, 2016 at her home. She was born July 3, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Clarence and Theresa Mahoney Gates. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Clarence Gates.In 1950, she married John C. (Callie) Schmidt and they were married 65 years. Together they opened a family business, with other family members, Schmidt Cabinet Co., Inc. In the early 70’s they built the New Salisbury Golf Course which was open 44 years. She loved gardening and had many beautiful daylilies throughout the years. She was very family oriented and loved nothing better than being with her children, grandchildren, great grandson, her siblings and their children and all her cousins. She joined the Catholic Church at age 18 and was a devote catholic and member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.She is survived by her husband, Callie of New Salisbury, INDaughter: Jonni Schmidt of New Salisbury, INSon: Jeff Schmidt (Sandy) of New Salisbury, INGrandchildren: Jennifer Vermillion of Louisville, KYTony Beavers (Allison) of New Salisbury, INRyan Schmidt of New Albany, INRoss Schmidt of New Albany, IN1 Great Grandson: Gavin Vermillion of Louisville, KYSister: Nadine Gates Crecelius (Marvin) of Okeechobee, FLBrother: Jack Gates (Melva) of Dallas, TXMultiple cousins, nieces, and nephewslast_img read more

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Job Vacancies: Glenveagh Catering seek to fill various positions

first_imgGlenveagh Catering has a number of positions they wish to fill.The first is a Duty Manager for Letterkenny and GlenveaghThe successful candidate will assume the day to day running of the business, managing and training the team, providing excellent and seamless service to our valued customers. The candidate chosen will be highly organised, passionate about food and service with strong leadership skills, will lead by example and have a flexible, can-do approach.Pastry Chef This will be a full-time or part-time position based in Glenveagh.General Service staff for both locations are also required and experience is necessary. Please send your CV to glenveaghcatering@gmail.comJob Vacancies: Glenveagh Catering seek to fill various positions was last modified: March 17th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalGlenveagh Cateringjobslast_img read more

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A Disney Cruise Line Restaurant Showdown – Tiana’s vs Rapunzel’s

first_imgShare This!It’s time for a restaurant showdown, Disney Cruise Line style!  Today I’m going to compare the two newest (and two of the best) restaurants on board – Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder vs. Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic.  Let me start by saying I think both of these restaurants are very well done.  I mean really, really well done.  I’d eat in either one of them tonight.  And tomorrow night.  And the night after, and … well you get the idea!  But let’s compare them!  In fact, let’s compare 10 things about them.1. Entrance – Disney could easily make the entrances to their restaurants just an extension of the beautiful hallways in the ships themselves, but that’s not Disney’s style. Disney created two fully themed entrances to Tiana’s and Rapunzel’s. Tiana’s entrance looks like a New Orleans French Quarter courtyard, with beautiful brick walls, and Mardi Gras necklaces hanging from the “balconies” above.  There’s a giant poster advertising the band of the night, which we will talk about later!  Rapunzel’s entrance is a little plainer at first glance, but the details bring it to life.  There’s a red carpet to welcome you, the ceiling has grand arched beams, and even the trash cans are themed like barrels.  The walls are decorated with wanted posters and a grand birthday invitation to celebrate Rapunzel’s return home.   Verdict – Tiana’s.  While I give bonus points to Rapunzel’s for placing some Tangled artwork in the halls outside the restaurant by the elevator, I’m partial to Tiana’s entrance.  Those brick walls are spectacular and remarkably immersive.2. Overall Theme – Here we are comparing a New Orleans Supper Club to the Kingdom of Corona! Once you’ve stepped through a New Orleans courtyard to get inside Tiana’s, you’ll feel like you stepped onto the back porch of a beautiful Southern mansion. The tables are set with green tablecloths and white wicker chairs.  The columns inside are adorned with wood shutter decorations.  The wrought-iron chandeliers are painted light colors, some with a frog and lily-pad theme.  In a really neat touch, the curio cabinets along the front of the restaurant are full of nods to the movie.  Corona, on the other hand, is full of wood touches and the color of royalty – purple.  Each chair is decorated with a Golden Flower engraved at the top of the wood.  The walls feature wood cut outs resembling castle walls, as well as hand-painted murals reminiscent of Rapunzel’s own murals in her room.  I also love the flickering lantern lights in Rapunzel’s!  They’re offset by some beautiful iron chandeliers.  Another wonderful detail is the hidden Pascals!  There are three life size Pascals tucked in among the rafters, just waiting to be spotted.  Verdict – Rapunzel’s!  Although I like the lighter colors of Tiana’s, I’m a sucker for a castle theme.3. Uniforms – Of course the servers all got new uniforms (costumes?) for the new restaurants. The female servers in Tiana’s were the unlucky ones here. The male servers and assistant servers got nice yellow shirts and dark pants.  Head servers got light green shirts with cream vests.  The female servers got the yellow waitress dress that Tiana dons in the film.  You know the one.  The one that looks suspiciously like a mousekeeping uniform at Walt Disney World.  With very sensible shoes.  Ouch.  In Rapunzel’s, just about everyone is wearing a white shirt with a deep purple vest over it.  Verdict – Rapunzel’s.  It’s the clear winner here!4. Show – Tiana’s was the first restaurant on board a Disney ship to feature live music. I was wholly skeptical, but it blew me away! Live music creates such a great atmosphere!  It’s unlike any other dining room atmosphere on board.  Tiana’s has the Crawfish Crooners, who play a great blend of jazz and blues.  During dinner, Tiana herself appears and makes her way through the restaurant to greet guests.  Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator, also shows up, trumpet in hand!  There’s a festive parade around the restaurant with the servers, and the servers pass out Mardi Gras beads to the guests to complete the atmosphere.  It’s so well done!  Over at Rapunzel’s, there is a band of three minstrels playing, but they are frequently accompanied by the Snuggly Duckling Thugs!  The Thugs sing, wander, and interact with the guests.  They are a great addition to the show.  Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear at some point and make their way through the crowd spending a little time at each table.  There’s also a parade with the children, and lots of general merriment as one would expect.  For the high point of the show, Rapunzel and Flynn join the Thugs and musicians and sing (of course) “I See the Light.” As they sing, the lights are dimmed and the servers make their way out into the dining room carrying lanterns.  It’s really beautiful!  Verdict – Rapunzel’s.  This was a super close one.  I love both shows, but I’m a big fan of the music of Tangled, so it would be my pick.5. Menu – For this one, we aren’t comparing what’s actually on the menu (we’ll do that below). We are comparing the actual menus themselves! Menus are another thing Disney could do on the cheap, but they don’t!  In Tiana’s, the menu features artwork taken directly from the movie!  But the dessert menu is the highlight.  It’s a beautiful scene of Tiana and Prince Naveen (in frog form) in the swamp, and Ray the firefly shining some light on them.  Real light!  The fireflies on the menu actually light up!  So cool!  Over in Rapunzel’s, the dinner and dessert menu both feature paintings of the lanterns floating past the kingdom of Corona.  The children’s menu is the brilliant idea here – it rolls up like a lantern!  So each child has a lantern to take home!  So smart!  Verdict – Tiana’s!  Light-up menus win of course!  Assuming Disney keeps replacing those batteries!6. Dishes – The dishes in both of these restaurants are adorable. I will pay serious money for any of these if they should ever decide to sell them in the gift shops! At Tiana’s, everything is frog and lily-pad themed, which on the surface doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it’s super cute! The bread basket is gold and lily shaped, and there are lily-pad placemats on the table.  Naveen is painted on to the dinner plates, and the bread plates have a small splash painted on, like Louis may have jumped off his plate and into the water on the others!  That’s theming at its finest, my friends.  Rapunzel’s dishes reflect a more royal theme of course, with ample use of the Golden Flower from the movie.  The napkin rings are engraved with the Golden Flower, the bread basket has a giant Golden Flower base, and the plates themselves have a floral theme.  The glasses are clear goblets which I loved!  And the fry-pan dessert in an actual fry pan is adorable.  Verdict – Tiana’s.  You can’t beat those plates!7. Drinks – It’s dangerous territory for a teetotaler such as myself to comment on drink menus, so I will be leaning heavily on reviews from friends. Both Tiana’s and Rapunzel’s have pretty extensive drink menus which fit right in with the theme. At Tiana’s, there’s both a rum flight and a selection of Louisiana beers.  The drink menu in Rapunzel’s has a wine flight to go along with a huge list of wine and champagnes, which is pretty unusual for a Main Dining Room on Disney Cruise Line, but seems to be appropriate for the Kingdom of Corona.  Verdict – Uhhhh…Tie!  I just can’t pick on this one.8. Appetizers, Soups, Salad, and Bread – Tiana’s appetizers include fritters, charcuterie, shrimp & grits, and tuna tartare. If some of those words are foreign to you, it’s a Southern thing. We tried the sausage fritters and shrimp & grits and enjoyed both!  The soup and salads consist of a seafood pepper pot, tomato soup, iceberg wedge, and a shrimp & orange salad.  The soups were both good, as was the wedge!  Bread is a large loaf of herbed brioche.  Good, but nothing to write home about.  Appetizers at Rapunzel’s include a charcuterie board, ravioli, shrimp, and tuna tartare.  My favorite there was the ravioli, while my daughter enjoyed the charcuterie board.  The soups are potato cream and asparagus and broccoli.  The salads are a “Maximus Salad” which includes a cucumber salad, potato salad, and carrot salad; and a wedge and hot salmon salad.  The salmon is the winner here.  Bread service at Rapunzel’s on the other hand, starts off with soft pretzels!  What a wonderful way to start a meal!  There are also some random dinner rolls in the bread basket, but seriously, who wants those?  The pretzels are clearly the star.  Verdict – Rapunzel’s!  Because pretzels.9. Entrees – Dinner at Tiana’s includes a seafood pasta, a Cajun sea bass, roasted half-chicken, pork tenderloin, and prime rib. Over at Rapunzel’s, entrees include sea bass, pork loin and pork belly, pasta and sea scallops, roasted chicken, and prime rib. You’ll notice some very similar offerings there which is standard for Disney.  They want to appeal to the masses and they know people like steak, chicken, pork and seafood!  Nothing crazy usually.  But each restaurant puts their own spin on the flavors and details of the dishes, and they both do them well.  Verdict – Rapunzel’s.  I’m only giving a slight edge to Rapunzel’s here.  This one is seriously close.10. Dessert – Both restaurants have some wonderful choices for desserts! Tiana’s has a chocolate sponge cake, white-chocolate bread pudding, a bananas-foster sundae, and a pecan-nut tart. The real reason to be here, though, is the beignets.  Hot, fresh, and melt-in-your-mouth beignets.  I wasn’t expecting much from a mass-producing kitchen, but wow, I loved them!  Rapunzel’s has a fry-pan sweet bread, crème-brulee cheesecake, apple strudel, birthday-cupcake sundae, and a chocolate-cake tower.  I’ve heard the fry-pan sweet bread being compared to Tiana’s beignets, and it’s a valid comparison.  The sweet bread was very good, but is much denser, and I preferred the beignets.  The cupcake sundae was a sundae with a cupcake on top and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I know the cheesecake is a huge hit too.  Verdict – Tiana’s!  While I loved the cupcake sundae, I could eat those beignets every night.  I shouldn’t, but I could!So who is the winner here?  By sheer numbers, it’s Rapunzel’s!  Rapunzel’s is amazing and deserves to win, but I’m going to stand by my opinion that both of these restaurants are among the best anywhere on board Disney Cruise Lines.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by either one!last_img read more

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Semantic Web: Making Advertising More Relevant to Consumers

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Amiad Solomon, CEO of Peer39, kicked off the Web 3.0 Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, CA on Thursday with a keynote discussing the Semantic Web and how it relates to advertising. He told the audience that this is one of the key business opportunities in the Web 3.0 era. “I believe the simplest definition of Web 3.0 is the monetization and commercialization of Web 2.0,” he said.To fully appreciate how Web 3.0 can offer better advertising solutions, Solomon suggested that we start by analyzing the Web’s transformations since Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau wrote the official proposal for the World Wide Web in 1990.The Evolution of the Web According to SolomonWeb 1.0 was basic connection via the Internet, where information flowed one way and was rarely updated. Web 1.0 ended in 2001 with the crash of the dot com era that some estimate cost in excess of $5 Trillion. The Web 1.0 lesson: Cash, not content, is king.Web 2.0 marked the beginning of the ‘two sided Internet,’ where we started using the Internet to talk to one another. This interactivity generated billions of dollars in data – virtually for free. The Web 2.0 lesson: Sustainable revenues are possible.Web 3.0 offers detailed data exchange to every point on the Internet, a ‘machine in the middle,’ with three main characteristics:1. Smart internetworkingThe Internet itself will get smarter and become a gathering tool to execute relatively complex tasks and analyze collective online behavior.2. Seamless applicationsWeb 3.0 theories suggest that all applications will fit together; a continuation of open source where all applications will be able to communicate. APIs will read data from any platform and provide a single point of reference.3. Distributed databasesWeb 3.0 will need somewhere to store very complex and memory intensive information. It will require ontologies to establish relationships between information sources; search millions of nodes, and scan billions of data records at once. How Does This Make Money?“This is where the semantic Web comes in,” Solomon explained. “Businesses finally understand the Internet, and recognize that advertising is a good business model – if you can make it work.” According to Solomon, there are two approaches to advertising currently being used; contextual advertising and behavioral targeting:Contextual advertising systems scan website text for keywords that trigger the system to send predetermined ads. Used in search engine results page, contextual systems show ads based on users search words; unfortunately, these ads aren’t always relevant as words can have several meanings. While errors occasionally result in humor, and are good for a laugh, contextual ads show a serious weakness: companies investing in them are wasting advertising budgets, brand promotion and sentiment. Behavioral targeting systems collect information on a person’s Web browsing history, usually by way of cookies. Given the European Union’s Directive 2002/58 on privacy and electronic communications, and pending US legislation restricting the use of cookies, behavioral targeting campaigns via cookies can no longer be seen as a valuable investment. Additionally, home computers are oftentimes shared, and if cookies are enabled, users get to see ads directed by other user’s cookies. Again, badly targeted advertising can be a nuisance for the user, and a waste of advertising dollars.The Way of the Future: Semantic AdvertisingSuccessful advertising means showing the right product to the right person at the right time. The semantic Web puts data into semantic formats on the fly, and targets ads based on the meaning of data with a high degree of accuracy. This is good news for the user – no more embarrassing keyword results, no more Hooters ads on sites about feminism, and an end to annoying cookies.Do you agree that the Semantic Web will bring even more effective advertising to the Web?ReadWriteWeb is a media sponsor of the Web 3.0 Conference & Expocenter_img Tags:#Semantic Web#Trends#web lidija davis 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: December 22, 2017

first_imgRetail theft unit nabs 290The holiday season isn’t so merry and bright for some suspected thieves in Tennessee. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) says its Organized Retail Crime Task Force has arrested about 290 people in recent weeks on charges that range from shoplifting to purse snatching to car theft. The specialized unit, which dates to 2012, has recovered about $60,000 in stolen property during the season. Four vehicles that had been stolen have been recovered, one of which was found with $10,000 in cash as well as 15 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials are seeking to to take two vehicles, according to authorities. Retail crime typically goes up at Christmastime. An increase in shoppers creates greater opportunities for thieves. Drug users often are willing to steal to get cash so they can fuel their habit. Knox County, like many metro areas in the United States, is trying to quell an opioid abuse health crisis. In July, a new state law updated the legal definition of theft to address evading or disabling alarm systems or store surveillance cameras. It also allows law officers to charge repeat repeat offenders with a felony after they’ve committed five offenses within two years. Earlier this year the Task Force recovered more than $400,000 in goods taken from three businesses.  [Source: NBC10 News]Police officer in wrongly-accused shoplift beating charged [Viral Video]Prosecutors are seeking charges against Detroit Police Officer Lonnie Wade after a man was beaten inside a Meijer in Detroit. The 65-year-old officer accused David Bivins of shoplifting on October 10, 2017, and a verbal exchange ensued. Surveillance video and cell phone video show Wade beating Bivins with a baton in the altercation.  Many believed after seeing the cell phone video, which Worthy says was uploaded to YouTube, that excessive force was used. Bivins, who suffered a cut lip and broken teeth as a result of the beating, was arrested for disorderly conduct, but Worthy rejected resisting and obstruction charges. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said there was no evidence of retail fraud. Wade has been charged with Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm, Felonious Assault; Misconduct in Office for an invalid arrest; and a second charge of Misconduct in Office for improper deployment of his baton.  [Source: Fox2 News]Iowa man involved in at least 14 grab-and-dash thefts arrestedA Davenport man who Davenport police say has been at the scene of at least 14 grab-and-dash thefts since June was taken into custody Wednesday. Derick Lamont Levy, who also uses the alias Derrick Lamont Levy, 26, is charged with 10 counts of second-degree theft, nine counts of third-degree theft, and one count of fourth-degree theft. Police say numerous additional charges against Levy are pending. Levy also is charged with one count of ongoing criminal activity, a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years. Second-degree theft is a Class D felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. The stores that Levy and his accomplices have allegedly struck include Von Maur and Victoria’s Secret, at NorthPark Mall, and Ulta Beauty in Davenport. Levy and his accomplices allegedly struck these stores multiple times since June. The total of the amount of merchandise stolen based on the current arrest affidavits is $19,223.45. That number will go higher as more charges are added, police said. Among the thefts committed include the Nov. 14 theft at Von Maur when Levy and a woman entered the store, selected multiple pieces of clothing and ran out the south entrance about 30 seconds later, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Craig Burkle.  [Source: Quad City Times]- Sponsor – Two men charged after police report finding 38 fraudulent credit cardsTwo men were arrested Tuesday after police found them with more than 30 fraudulent credit cards, according to arrest affidavits. Yordan Tato, 29, and Josue Tato, 23, both of Miramar, Florida, were each charged with theft, unlawful possession of person information and grand theft. Police were alerted to the thefts after a man claimed his credit card was used to purchase a $900 money order at a post office, according to reports. About a week later, an employee at the post office contacted police Tuesday and said the men who bought the money order were back and trying to purchase more, according to the report. The men left the post office before police arrived. An officer pulled over Yordan Tato and Josue Tato, who were later identified by the post office employee, and searched their vehicle, according to the report.Officers found about $1,150, several money orders and a bag with about 30 credit and debit cards. The cards were labeled “No,” “Possibles” and “Pins,” which had the pin numbers taped to the back of them, according to the report. At the police station, 38 cards were found to be fraudulent, and the bank listed on the front of the cards wasn’t real, according to the report. Yordan Tato said he didn’t know the cards were in the vehicle. Josue Tato did not comment to police, according to the report. Yordan and Josue Tato were being held at the Martin County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon without bail.   [Source: TCPalm]Store clerk charged with theftA Walmart store clerk in Louisiana was arrested for stealing nearly $5,000 while she worked as a cashier. Tierra Williams, 18, was charged with felony theft for misappropriating over $4,600 during the November and December. Caddo Sheriff’s Detective Casey Jones said that on 18 occasions, Williams stole money from her register while working at the Mansfield Road store. She was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on Saturday.  [Source: ArkLaTex Homepage]Two Notre Dame players suspended for alleged shopliftingAccording to Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, two Fighting Irish football players have been suspended from all football related activities. Irish Illustrated was tipped off of this news earlier this week. However, the details weren’t known until today. “University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly announced Wednesday that sophomore wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and freshman running back CJ Holmes have each been suspended indefinitely from all football related activities,” as noted in the above tweet from Notre Dame’s Michael Bertsch.According to a report from WNDU, the two football players were arrested Friday night for allegedly shoplifting. Although neither were taken to jail or booked. For Stepherson, this is his second arrest during his time in South Bend.  In his first year with the Irish in 2016, Stepherson caught 25 passes for 462 yards and five scores in 10 games. He followed that up with 19 catches for 359 yards and five touchdowns this past season. Holmes, a freshman with the Irish and a four-star recruit coming out of high school, played in three games this year and ran for 32 yards and eight carries.  [Source: Irish Illustrated] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Trudeau elected to second term in Canada

first_img(AP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians rejected division and negativity and elected a progressive agenda.Trudeau beat his Conservative rival and won a second term in Canada’s national elections Monday, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon.Trudeau broke protocol by speaking just as Conservative rival Andrew Scheer started giving his speech.Trudeau’s Liberal party was projected to win the most seats in Parliament, but short of a majority, meaning it will have to rely on an opposition party to pass legislation.Trudeau says for those who didn’t vote for him he will work for them.last_img

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Should Technology be Trusted?

first_imgThe computing technology market is entering a turning point for change.  The need for TRUST.  Cybersecurity is about making computing technology and services secure.  Trust is an important yet still under recognized component.  Times are changing and the value of trust is rising.Recently the government of China, the world’s largest emerging market for technology, banned mainstream hardware, operating systems, and security software from government use.  With the predominance of companies in the country being government owned, it is likely they too will consider such recommendations. The United States, Russia, and other countries have done so in the past on occasion.  Other nations and regions may follow suit in the practice of forbidding the governmental use of products they determine untrustworthy.  Such announcements influence the commercial and consumer communities and can sway decisions to voluntarily adopt the same practices.  This trend will continue to increase and force technology providers to rethink the value of trustworthy products in the global marketplace.  Trust will become an important competitive advantage. Such actions have a serious economic effect, both on individual companies as well as the entire technology sector.  Cisco indicated an expected 10% drop in quarterly revenue due in part from privacy issues related to the Snowden affair.  This is being coined the “Snowden effect” by many.  The repercussions can be felt in large contract negotiations as well, with Verizon and Boeing being two recent examples in the news. It has been estimated privacy issues alone may account for a 4% slowdown in the growth of US technology services industry.  But the concept of trust reaches much farther and deeper.  The World Economic Forum estimates a $3 trillion aggregate economic impact of cybersecurity on technology trends through 2020.  Security issues drag against the sale, adoption, and sustainment of systems, solutions, and services, thus impacting the innovation investment in those technology sectors.  It is a chain reaction which can slow the worldwide digital revolution juggernaut that is enriching the lives of almost every person on the planet. Some might call these events as isolated or place blame on a few companies or even a single person.  But the truth is we are all to blame.  The same cycle has played out over time in other sectors.  Early adoption of new technology products and services has typically expanded to include greater expectations for quality and reliance.  This is part of the normal evolution of end-user perspectives.  Cars, planes, televisions, operating systems, high-speed Internet connections, and cellular service are all examples where over time the security, reliance, quality, and safety expectations emerged well after the initial wave to obtain the latest revolutionary gadgets.  The swoon of adoption gives way to practical considerations as customers eventually realize possessing the newest technology or services is not enough.  Trust in the secure reliability, service levels, and safety is an important competitive element which cannot be overlooked. Cybersecurity is the protection of computing capabilities and is beginning this transition to drive trust into the high technology marketplace.  Ranging from governments or consumers, we are at the point when suppliers and security organizations must commit more focus to bolster the confidence of their products and services, including hardware, firmware, operating systems, applications, and services.  The value of trust is too great and the consequences are potentially devastating.  Security issues, if left unchecked, will impede the health, innovation, and adoption of the greater compute technology industry.  There is no going back.  The concepts of Trust will surely rise, as it is a necessary growing pain to a stronger, more healthy, and sustainable electronic ecosystem we all rely upon.- MattTwitter:  @Matt_Rosenquist Opens in a new window    IT Peer Network: My Previous PostsOpens in a new window LinkedIn:  http://linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquistOpens in a new windowMy Blog:  Information Security StrategyOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

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