first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, is calling on government and international partners to focus on improving and investing in the Agriculture sector for job creation and self-reliance.Briefing the media Tuesday, May 27, on the FAO’s national priorities and the important role of Agriculture including rural development, employment, youth support, food security and poverty reduction,  Mr. Scaglia said it is important for government to use Agriculture for development.According to the FAO Country Representative, food insecurity and malnutrition was a serious problem for the country, especially the rural areas of Nimba, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties. He further explained that the government of Liberia, national and international partners have not been focusing on investing both financial and technical support that will shift and improve the agriculture sector and the lives of the Liberian  people. “Let us use half of the two hundred million dollars that we spend on importation of food in Liberia for agriculture for two to three years for farming and technical as well as capacity building and Liberia will have more food and reduce importation throughout country. Mr. Scaglia insisted that there is a need for the agriculture sector to have huge investment that will create food security, capacity building for farmers, and reduce vulnerable employment for the youthful population that is over 55%.  Greater investment in agriculture will also reduce malnutrition.Stating the statistics of food insecurity in Liberia, Mr. Scaglia described as worrisome Lofa’s 61.3% food insecurity, Bong’s 64.6%, Sinoe’s 65.1%, Grand Bassa’s 60.8%, Cape Mount’s 78.8%, rural Montserrado’s 67%, Nimba 41.5%, and Margibi 63.2% among others.”According to the FAO Country Representative, malnutrition has risen to 80% in the country,  most especially in the rural areas and poses a serious threat to the health sector of the people.   He called on the government as well as the partners to ensure that malnutrition is urgently addressed.Mr. Scaglia:  “If there is no decision now to create jobs in the agriculture sector and invest more in  food security, there will be serious problems for the country in driving hungry from Liberia.  The government needs to take advantage of the present population to improve and address the issues of food insecurity,” he warned.According to him, agriculture is the best job for the vulnerable unemployment youth in the country, which would also stop the importation of over 50% of food.   Liberians are capable of producing their own food, including fishery, he said.The FAO Representative explained that for Liberia to make progress in improving the lives of its people and creating job,“ the government needs the right information, capacity building, financial and technical knowledge that will support self reliance and better living conditions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCOPYRIGHT covers literary work such as (Novels, poems and plays) films, music, artistic, (e.g. Drawings, paintings, photograph, sculpture and architecture design). Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonographs in their recordings and broadcaster in their radio and television programs. Copyright also covers folklore, which is traditional cultural expression, songs, poems etc. and finally copyright covers traditional knowledge.What are Intellectual Property Rights?Intellectual Property rights are like any other property rights. They allow creators or owners of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. These rights are outlined in Article 27 of the universal declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interest resulting from authorship of scientific, literary or artistic productions.Why promote and protect Intellectual Property?There are several compelling reasons. First, the progress and wellbeing of humanity rest on its capacity to create and invent new works in the areas of technology and culture. Second, the legal protection of new creation encourages the commitment of additional resources for further innovations. Third, the promotion of Intellectual Property Spurs economic growth, create new jobs and industries and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life.What is a Patent?A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, a product or process that provides a new way of doing something or that offers new technical solutions to a problem.A patent provides patent owners with the protection of their new inventions. Protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years.Who grants Patent?Patent is granted by the National Patent Office called the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) upon filing of a patent application that includes but not limited to title of invention, indication of its technical field, the background and description of the invention; such descriptions are usually accompanied by visual materials such as drawings, plans or diagrams that describe the invention in greater details. Claims are also included to help determine the scope of the patent protection.What is Utility Model?An exclusive right granted for an invention, which allows the right holder to prevent others from commercially using the protected invention without his authorization for a limited period of time. It is sometimes referred to as petit patent, small patent incremental patent, etc.What is a trademark?A trademark is a distinctive sign that identifies certain goods or service produced or provided by an individual or company. Trademark has three (3) characteristic and they are original, distinctive, and non-descriptive.Kinds of trademarkA trademark may be one or a combination of words, letters, and numerals. They may consist of drawings, symbols or three dimension signs such as the shape and packaging of goods.How long is trademark protection?Trademark protection is done for a period of ten (10) years in accordance with Sub-Part B, section 10.9 of the 2016 Intellectual Property Act. Subsequent renewal of additional ten (10) years can be done after the expiration of the first ten (10) years through application for renewal and payment of the prescribed fees.What is a mark?Mark means any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or services (service mark) from one enterprise to that of another enterprise.What is Collective Mark?Collective Mark means any visible sign designated as such in the application for registration and capable of distinguishing the owner, which are associations whose members use them to be identified. Example: Accounting Associations engineer or architects Associations. What is a trade Name?Trade Name means the name of designation identifying and distinguishing one enterprise to that of the other.To be continued in next edition on Thursday, May 3, 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) (Image courtesy: property protection is critical in fostering innovation. Without protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not reap the full benefits of their inventions and would focus less on research and development. Similarly, artists would not be fully compensated for their creations and cultural vitality would suffer as a result.And so to help artists, inventors and players in the industry in Liberia to understand some basic terms of IP, we are launching this series.Who grants protection?Intellectual Protection is granted by virtue of registration by the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO), with the issuance of a certificate of registration of creations or corporation works, after completing all the steps and procedure and payment of prescribed fees required for registration.What is Intellectual Property?Intellectual Property very broadly means the legal rights which result from intellectual activity in industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. (WIPO, 2008)  Intellectual Property is divided into two categories:INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY includes patent for inventions, trademark, industrial designs and geographical indications (GI).last_img read more

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… antone gonsalves Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Tags:#cable operators#Cisco#entertainment industry#interactive tv#movie studios#pay-tv#television#TV#TV networks#videoscape unity Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cisco grabbed some of the limelight at the Consumer Electronics Show by unveiling a cloud-based video platform for service providers like cable TV companies. A lot of hubbub was made over technology, which would deliver movies and TV shows on any device at any time. But in all the oohing and aahing over the new product, Cisco and partners left out one important detail: TV lovers will be paying a lot more for these services.Videoscape UnityCisco’s Videoscape Unity is a content-delivery platform for the living room. Software embedded in a set-top box would enable subscribers to watch content from a TV, tablet and smartphone. Cable operators would be able to deliver, for example, a Major League Baseball game on the TV and provide simultaneously stats on the players on an iPad.In addition, the technology would be able to recommend movies and programming based on a person’s TV habits, and a cloud-based digital video recorder (DVR) would let subscribers record content for viewing later from any device. The platform would also have a social media element. Viewers will be able to chat with friends on Facebook and Twitter.For the pay TV industry, Cisco’s platform provides a much better business model for squeezing more money from subscribers. In general, cable operators today charge more by adding channels to packages. However, the cost of content is high and good programming is scarce. Just think of how many times you’ve searched dozens of channels and found nothing you really want to watch.Changing Business ModelsWith technology like Cisco’s, cable operators will have to worry less about the number of channels they offer and focus instead on charging more for the services they provide. For example, European cable operator Liberty Global rolled out last year its Horizon platform that provides similar services to Cisco’s product. Horizon represents a “whole brand new revenue stream,” Balan Nair, chief technology officer for Liberty, says.“With our Horizon product when we launched it, we didn’t have anymore-new channels, but we charged quite a bit more for that product,” Nair said during a panel discussion following Cisco’s announcement. “And it was just based on the fact that you got a whole bunch of new features and some ancillary services.”Using technology to sell more products to subscribers is behind much of the excitement over products like Videoscape Unity. But whatever money comes in won’t go only to the cable operators. Deals will have to be made with movie studios and TV networks, and possibly Apple, which currently dominates the tablet market.With Apple, Nair made it clear that Liberty Global prefers not to offer its service through an app sold in Apple’s App Store. “There’s a whole bunch of other ramifications associated with that, especially in the economics of delivering that content,” he said. Liberty would rather use a browser plug-in to deliver programming via the web.New Content DealsContent providers have already put cable operators on notice that they will need to sign licensing deals to let people watch on multiple devices. New contracts will also be needed, if cable operators plan to let people view programming on a tablet outside of the home.Another issue is whose customer is the viewer? Is it the cable company, the content provider or the TV network? Also, who gets access to valuable information, such as TV habits, and how is revenue from services and advertising shared?“Part of the challenge is how does this stuff get glued together so that it’s intuitive and seamless to the user, understanding the fact that there are business models that are very important that need to exist or change or evolve,” panelist Joe Inzerillo, senior vice president for multimedia and distribution for, said. “This content, this professional content, is not created for free and that’s sort of the elephant in the room. How do you get there?”Until new revenue sharing and licensing agreements are made, it’s unlikely cable operators and content providers will sign up for Cisco’s or any other new platform for TV. For example, Cox is committed to Videoscape Unity, but it hasn’t said whether it would include a cloud-based DVR, according to CNET.Indeed, the use of such a service has been challenged before. In 2007, the TV and movie industry sued Cablevision for launching what it called a “networked DVR.” Instead of having the video recorder functionality within the set-top box, the cable operator stored recorded programming on a remote server, reducing Cablevision’s hardware cost by taking the DVR out of the box.Cablevision won the suit on appeal in 2008, but that has made movie studios and TV networks even more cautious in letting cable operators use the cloud to provide content to subscribers.In time, deals will get made as the home entertainment center evolves from static viewing to a more interactive experience. But as business models are built around services, as well as programming, consumers will have to look at their current cable TV bill and decide how much more they are willing to pay.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

first_imgIt may be a place where the UN and Red Cross have their head quarters, and where Geneva Conventions are signed. It may also be a huge financial and diplomatic centre, but, Geneva in Switzerland is also a gateway for car manufacturers from around the world to showcase their latest wares, be it production cars, concepts, technologies or plain mechanical madness.This year, the 81st edition of the show, was no different. On stage were sensible cars, cars that one can buy and use everyday. Environmentally correct automobiles and outrageous concepts which, in all probability, will never see production. However, there were some that truly stood out; cars with such a high drool quotient that it left the show floor soaking wet. It’s these outstanding cars that have made it to the pages here. See, savour and salivate.LAMBORGHINI AVENTADORIt’s the replacement for the gorgeous but manic Murcielago; a car that has widely been regarded as the devil. The Aventador picks up from where the Murcielago left off. It’s even more manic looking and with a 6.5-litre V12 engine that produces 700bhp, it promises an even more blood curdling performance. For those interested, it dispatches the 0-100kmph sprint in less than three seconds. The engine puts its brute force down via a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.Being a modern day car, the Aventador, expectedly, has an assortment of expensive technology as well. It has a carbon fibre chassis for lighter weight and higher stiffness. A threestage pop-up spoiler for increased downforce, resulting in more grip and of course, the Yshaped LED lamps-introduced on the Lamborghini Reventon, they set off a craze that refuses to die down. The Aventador then, is without doubt the new epitome of supercarness. And given its price tag of almost Rs 2 crore, it will also remain terribly exclusive.PAGANI HUAYRAYes. Supercars seem to be making a comeback after being thumbed down by the green brigade and their initiatives for the last few years. If the Aventador is manic, the Pagani Huayra is outrageous; if not to drive, at least in conception and presence. It looks more like a fighter jet than a car to begin with.And what is now becoming a norm of sorts among supercars, the Huayra too sports a V12 engine mounted in the centre just behind the driver’s seat like the Lamborghini. It displaces 6000cc and makes nearly 700bhp of power as well. And, like the Lambo, the Pagani too uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox but sends power only to the rear wheels.The chassis is equally high-tech, but instead of carbon fibre, the Pagani uses a carbon-titanium monocoque. The end result is just the same-it is light weight which translates into mind-numbing performance and unfathomably good handling no matter what speed. The Huayra shares its name with the mythical god in the Andes responsible for winds, blizzards and hurricanes, and given the way it performs, we couldn’t think of a better name either.FERRARI FFThe concept of a front engined, four seater, grand tourer (GT) from the house of Ferrari might be a little difficult to digest. The Italian company after all, prides itself in producing fast, powerful, exotic supercars with hardly any practicality at all. So, when it comes out with a GT, one can’t help but love it. You get the same exotic feel of a Ferrari but with a high level of usability. No wonder, the 612 Scaglietti when launched years back proved to be such a success.Now, Ferrari has launched its successor. It’s called the FF (Ferrari Four) and is the first car ever from the prancing horse to feature a four wheel drive system. The engine again displaces more than 6000cc and makes 650bhp. However, unlike the Lambo and the Pagani, the FF’s 0-100kmph time is more in tune with current day supercars. It manages this sprint in 3.7 seconds. Now that Ferrari is officially in India, the FF too should make it here soon. It’s currently priced at about Rs 1.6 crore in the UK, but the price may double when it hits the Indian market.ASTON MARTIN VIRAGEHonestly, it takes years of practice and dedication to tell one Aston Martin from another. Take the DB9 and the DBS for instance. These are cars catering to different needs, but at first glance, you simply can’t tell them apart. The latest addition to the Aston Martin range of fast, two-door, brilliant looking cars is the Virage. And no, you still can’t tell it apart from the rest of the range.The Virage which uses a 490bhp V12 engine sits in between the DB9 and the more expensive and performance focused DBS, not just in terms of pricing, mind, but also performance. It takes 4.6 seconds to 100kmph from a standstill which, not surprisingly is 0.2 seconds quicker than the DB9 and 0.3 seconds slower than the DBS. Besides being a fence sitter of sorts, the Virage has a few attributes that makes it special. It uses Aston’s latest automatic gearbox, along with an adaptive suspension which balances a comfy ride and good road holding, and much improved NVH levels, presents itself as a superb grand tourer. Now that’s a keeper.CITROEN METROPOLISFrom supercars to super luxury cars. That’s exactly what the Citroen Metropolis is. It’s the French answer to Germany’s Audi A8, BMW 7-series and Merc S-class. But, it’s not exactly European as you’d expect. In fact, it’s a car that’s primarily developed for the Chinese market and will be built there as well. It might make it to Europe eventually, given that Citroen has infused the Metropolis with plugin and hybrid technologies. And as we know Europe is betting big on these technologies to cut CO2 emissions.The engine in question is a 2-litre V6 petrol engine that’s coupled to an electric motor. To cut emissions, the 5.3 metre long car can run on battery power alone at slower speeds like the city. And when a burst of acceleration is required, like while overtaking, the car’s engine and battery pack work together to produce a maximum of 460bhp. The Metropolis also features four-wheel-drive and according to Citroen produces less emissions that even a Toyota Prius! Best of both worlds we say.AUDI A3 CONCEPTThe Audi A3 has always been a hatchback, till now that is. In its latest iteration, the production ready concept showcased at Geneva, will also be sold as a saloon. The car will sit under the A4 in Audi’s line up. It will sport Audi’s latest design language with a large grille and prominent lines especially for the shoulder. Audi’s focus on reducing weight of its cars, which began with the latest A6 being lighter than the previous generation car, continues with the new A3 as well. And to do so, the company has used aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic extensively.Lighter materials have been used for air intakes and outside rear view mirrors. Interestingly, the new car will also underpin Audi’s smallest SUV yet, the Q3 which is due this year. The top of the range A3 saloon will sport a 2.5-litre five cylinder engine with over 400bhp on tap. For a car that should weigh about 1500kg tops, it makes a fantastic performance recipe. Audi claims a 0-100kmph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 250kmph, which we have no reason to question.BMW CONNECTEDDRIVEOf all the cars featured on these pages, the BMW ConnectedDrive is least likely to make it to production in its current form. It’s a two-seat roadster that showcases the direction where BMW’s design could be heading. And given its stunning exteriors, we’d say it’s definitely the right one. The Bavarian car maker hasn’t revealed any details on the engine options for the car, but has instead harped about the possible technologies that future BMWs might sport.The ConnectedDrive for instance has start sensors in the headlamps and rear lights that monitor traffic situations and the environment around the car for added safety. It also does away with the conventional outside rear view mirrors, and instead uses antennas that receive navigation data and transmit other information. There’s also a 3D head-up display which can project information regarding navigation besides current speed etc. The 3D system also displays information in the foreground or background of the display depending on its relevance. The ConnectedDrive then, is the doorway to an exciting albeit computer controlled motoring future.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more