NICOM Distillery Shut Down for US$500K ‘Fake’ CALAO Products

first_imgAbout seventy local and foreign employees of NICOM Distillery will be out of work for the next few months following the closure of the company by the Commercial Court due to the company’s inability to settle US$500,000 in damages for faking the CALAO product originally owned by Manufacturer Ivoirienne de Boissons (BIM), based in La Cote d’ Ivoire.At NICOM’s Lynch Street compound yesterday, the area was completely sealed with a closure order posted by court officers at the entrance of the building housing the company.The document said NICOM is under the court’s jurisdiction.Despite the court action, only private security guards hired by NICOM to provide protection to its premises were seen at the entrance of the compound although they did not allow people to enter the premises.One of the guards who spoke on condition of confidentiality told the Daily Observer that the compound was shut down on yesterday, at the time the company was producing CALAO products, which are at the center of the lawsuit against the company.The Sherman and Sherman Law Firm filed the lawsuit against NICOM on behalf of the Ivoirian Company, which has no branch in the country but operates on a registered Liberian trademark number #LR/M/2016/000. It asked the court to attach NICOM properties to the suit which the court did by shutting down NICOM on Tuesday.The Law Firm alleged that their client obtained the trademark from the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) to be the sole producer and distributor of CALAO drinks on the local market, but, NICOM without any legal right, obtained another trademark with number #LR/M/2015/00239 from LIPO to produce and distribute the same CALAO products on the market, an action for which they are claiming US$500,000 in damages.The Ivoirian company also prayed the court to compel NICOM Distillery to recall from the market all fake CALAO products, which the company claimed NICOM had produced and distributed on the Liberian market.But LIPO claimed that NICOM provided a Power-of-Attorney, a legal document that authorizes an individual or company to use the property of another, adding that it was based on the document that they awarded the same trademark to NICOM to be the only producer and distributor of CALAO products on the local market.However, the Ivoirian company also argued that they hold an international registered trademark certificate which gives them the right to be the only company to produce and distribute CALAO products in Africa and some parts of the world, since 1997.“We have been renewing our certificate for CALAO products in accordance with the Africa Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) protocol and requirements,” BIM claimed in their suit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Helping people and nature coexist

first_img13 June 2005Friday’s launch of the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve near Hoedspruit is seen as an important step in the economic development of the central lowveld region, which straddles the boundary between Limpopo and Mpumalanga.Stretching from the Blyde River Canyon to the Kruger National Park, the biosphere will incorporate the 1.5-million people, mainly rural poor, who live there. It is the fourth internationally recognised biosphere in South Africa. The others are in the Koegelberg, West Coast and Waterberg regions. In September 2001 Kruger to Canyons was registered by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as the the 411th biosphere reserve in 94 countries worldwide, under its International Man and Biosphere Programme.According to the programme, biosphere reserves are regions where internationally important protected areas, like the Kruger National Park, lie next to human settlements.People in the area may have been displaced when the reserves were declared, remaining on the margins and increasing pressure on local resources, exposing entire ecosystems to stress.Restricted or prohibited access to communities’ historic resource base may have changed land-use patterns for the worse.The people living in the Kruger to Canyons reserve are predominantly black (97%), unskilled, illiterate and rurally based.Morgan Lewele, chairperson of the biosphere initiative, said the launch came after seven years of consultations between all involved.“The realisation that we all have a responsibility to protect the environment has created a common bond between us,” Lewele said at the launch. “Our mission will be to maintain the K2C biosphere as an eminent conservation and development model.”Public meetings were held during the consultation process, where biosphere components such as core areas, buffer zones and transitional regions were identified.At the launch, a Unesco certificate confirming Kruger to Canyon’s biosphere status was handed to Collins Chabane, Limpopo MEC for the environment.Chabane told the gathering that the biosphere reserve concept sought to place environmental protection at the centre of economic development. Ecotourism was expected to create a large number of jobs, he said.He also announced the launch of an educational programme to promote environmental protection and the responsible use of natural resources.“We have not merely inherited this land from our forefathers; we’ve borrowed it from our children,” Chabane said.The reserveSouth Africa is the third most biologically diverse country in the world, according to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The K2C biosphere contains widely diverse landscapes, ranging from 300m above sea level in the east to over 2 000m in the Drakensburg Escarpment.Kruger to Canyons is the third-largest biosphere in the world. It is home to game, commercial and crop farming, tourism and related enterprises, as well as 149 mammal, 510 bird and 57 fish species.The average rainfall ranges from 368mm a year to 3 000mm on the plateau. These two factors help create a wide variety of habitats and niches for flora and fauna.The K2C covers three biomes: savannah woodlands, afromontane forests and montane grasslands. These protected areas cover some 4.8-million hectares, including transfrontier and escarpment regions.These make up a unique constellation of public, provincial, private reserves and natural resource areas. Man and biosphereIn terms of Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Programme, biosphere reserves offer political processes to stimulate the sustainable use of resources within a framework of economic empowerment and growth.The philosophy is one of development and public participation through education, training and involvement in research and monitoring.A biosphere reserve has three roles:Development, combining conservation with the sustainable use of the ecosystem to benefit local communities.Conservation, protecting local genetic resources, plant and animal species, and ecosystems and landscapes of value to maintain biological diversity.Logistic support, providing research, monitoring education and training opportunities through exchanges organised within the framework of Unesco’s international network.Each biosphere reserve has three zones: a core area devoted to strict protection, a delineated buffer zone where only activities compatible with conservation objectives can take place, and a transition zone used for sustainable resource management in cooperation with local communities.DevelopmentThe 1.5-million people living in the K2C area are predominantly black (97%), unskilled and rurally based. There are huge social and economic inequalities.Most of the people live in poor-rural conditions: only 50% functional literacy, high levels of male absenteeism, low direct incomes and a high percentage of young people.Ninety percent live outside urban areas, compared with a national average of 35%. Some 20% of the population is under the age of four, and half are under 15 years old.A high proportion of the population is not economically active, with households relying on subsistence farming, old-age pensions and remittances from relatives working outside the area to survive.Limpopo has the lowest per capita income of the provinces in South Africa and the highest unemployment rate: almost 51% of the rural population is jobless.There are a number of development initiatives under way in the Kruger to Canyons region. They range from broad empowerment to the transfer of ownership and conversion of marginal agricultural land to commercially viable ecotourism destinations, such as the governmental Phalaborwa sub-corridor initiative, to the establishment and registration of a new community school, the Hope School.There is an effort to establish what will probably be the last consolidation of privately owned game lands into an official nature reserve in the Central Lowveld region, the Blyde-Olifants Conservancy.Part of this effort is the inclusion of local community interests through the Maburuburung Trust.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Eskom ‘learnt from load-shedding’

first_imgIncreasing capacity The load-shedding that wreaked havoc on South Africa’s economy at the beginning of last year was a learning experience for Eskom, says CEO Jacob Maroga. Large electricity consumers, such as businesses, agreed to decrease their consumption by 10%, leading to some industries, especially the mining sector, being put under strain. 26 January 2006 Eskom is currently building the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga, which is said to be the second most advanced coal-fired power plant project after the Medupi power station, also currently being built in Lephalale, Limpopo. According to Eskom, the station will consist of six units each rated at approximately 800 MW installed capacity, giving a total of 4 800 MW. Briefing the media on the state of electricity supply in the country last week, Maroga said the electricity crisis had presented Eskom with an opportunity to reflect on key issues which needed to be dealt with urgently. “As we move forward, we need to make sure that we are not where we were before,” he said. “We are going to make sure that power supply is not compromised and that there is additional power to grow the economy.”center_img The forced rolling blackouts were caused by a higher than expected demand in electricity and low reserve margins. The rapid economic growth led to a higher demand for electricity than there was supply. Preventative measures Maroga said his organisation had put in place measures to prevent past mistakes, including putting in place a maintenance schedule, improving infrastructure and beefing up capacity and skills. In a bid to handle the electricity crisis, the government launched the National Electricity Management Plan and called on citizens, businesses and other organisations to come together and work towards finding solutions to the current power crisis. “The challenges we faced in the past have made us to be wiser to deal with other challenges,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Moolman-Pasio continues cycling ascent

first_imgSAinfo reporter Moolman-Pasio, who races for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team and is currently based in Europe, said was quietly confident heading into the race, having finished fifth in the event last year. She was elated to finish third this time around. There were other new challenges on the route, not seen before. “The race wasn’t just different for me this year,” Moolman-Pasio wrote on her blog, “it was a new route that included more climbing, an extra 20km, and the first climb up the Mur de Huy came half way through the race, much sooner than before. “I don’t like to be too vocal before races, I rather let my legs do the talking,” she said afterwards. “But deep down inside I had a good feeling. Carl (Pasio, her husband) and I have been training hard together, and leading into the race my power numbers looked very good. Photo finish“Vos attacked with Borghini not far behind her, as the road levelled out. I had to use everything to come back and, as Vos took the win, I drove it to a photo finish with Borghini for second. Detailing the finish, the South African star wrote: “Nervous of going too hard and blowing completely, I held back a bit on the last steep part and suddenly I found myself on the back foot. Moolman-Pasio will be racing in the three-day tour in Luxembourg this coming weekend, the Festival Luxembourgeois du Cyclisme Feminin Elsy Jacobs. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Great team’“I also have a great team around me this year. We are a nice group of girls. Going into the race I knew that Carl, my family, my team and my country believed in me, and that’s what made all the difference on the race day.” Moolman-Pasio felt the final climb, on the Mur de Huy, the finishing line of the Fleche Wallonne since 1983 and of the La Fleche Wallonne Feminine since 1998, was ideally suited to her. In the women’s race, it has to be climbed twice. center_img Stage race successA qualified chemical engineer, she has also shown her pedigree in stage races; last year she finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. South African road cycling and time trial champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her ascent in the cycling world when she finished on the podium in the prestigious La Fleche Wallonne Feminine one-day UCI World Cup race in Belgium last week. Interviewed shortly after finishing on the podium by Sean Badenhorst, Moolman- Pasio said: “As the first South African woman to podium at a World Cup, I dedicate this achievement to all the young aspiring cyclists, particularly the young women at home in South Africa, to remind them to keep believing in themselves and in their dreams! With hard work, commitment, passion and a little bit of faith, anything is possible!” Staying out of trouble, Moolman-Pasio made it to the final climb in good position to challenge for a podium place. Nearing the end, she was in elite company, with London Olympic road race gold medallist Marianne Vos, Swedish star Emma Johansson, sixth in the London and a silver medal winner in the Beijing Olympics, and Elisa Longo Borghini, the bronze medallist in the road race at the 2012 World Championships. ‘My favourite climb’“However, what hadn’t changed at all was the hard, steep climb to the finish line, at the top of my favourite climb, the Mur de Huy.” The tour is part of her preparation for the bigger tours that she will be contesting later in the year, the biggest of which are the Tour of Spain (Emakumeen Bira Tour) in June, the Giro d’Italia Femminile (Giro Rosa) in July and the Route de France in August. “As my teammates finished, it was still undecided whether I was second or third, but the whole team was so excited to be on the podium, it didn’t even matter.” 24 April 2013last_img read more

Ohio Farmers Union 2017 policy priorities set

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stemming the dramatic increases in taxes on farmland and compiling data on the density of livestock in Ohio’s watersheds lead the Ohio Farmers Union’s list of public policy priorities for the year.CAUV, or Current Agricultural Use Valuation is the formula used to value farmland for tax purposes in Ohio. Since about 2011, that formula has not worked due to historically low Federal Reserve interest rates and market turmoil. While the Kasich Administration could change the formula administratively, OFU members are seeking the help of the Ohio General Assembly.“Agricultural property tax increases are becoming an ‘existential threat ‘ to family farmers and rural land owners in Ohio,” OFU President Joe Logan said. “In recent years, our farmers have suffered increases in CAUV of 300 to 600%, while ag commodities have plummeted.”“It’s just doesn’t make sense that yet another round of state income cuts will be paid for in part by farmers – after they’ve already contributed in the form of triple digit tax increases in previous budgets,” Logan said.Logan said one issue that narrowly missed being passed by delegates was a proposed “$0 tax value” for Ohio’s woodlands.“Woodlands owners are taking it on the chin in terms of taxes they pay versus the revenue those acres generate. Considering the environmental benefits that forests provide, we need to adjust tax rates to encourage more woodlands. The fact that we had a lengthy debate on our convention floor about zero tax values for woodlands should wake up policy makers in Columbus about the need to revamp CAUV,” Logan said.Regarding water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s and other Ohio watersheds, Logan said OFU adopted a “special order of business” at its recent convention proposing some further action by the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.“Part of the solution to our ag nutrient problem is to avoid overloading livestock into watersheds – beyond the capacity of the cropland to utilize those nutrients.  As a first step in getting there, OFU proposes that the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture make an accurate assessment of all livestock operations within each watershed,” Logan said.“Because the Dept. of Agriculture now oversees both the CAFO permitting program as well as Soil and Water Conservation Districts, they have access to this valuable data and the capacity to aggregate it in a way that would safeguard farmer’s proprietary information, while compiling it in a way that would be extremely useful in developing a comprehensive strategy to manage nutrient runoff,” Logan added.“We need data on all the livestock operations in our watersheds, not just the animals raised by licensed CAFOs,” Logan said.  “It’s a common sense, next step in the policy-making process to clean up watersheds like the western basin of Lake Erie.”“If we don’t develop better systems to understand and manage our nutrient loading into Lake Erie, we will continue to suffer from algal blooms and may face another Toledo-style crisis or kill tourism and other economic benefits of the lake,” Logan said.“As farmers, business people and citizens, we want to clean up our watersheds before the U.S. EPA comes in with more draconian measures,” Logan said.Delegates to OFU’s recent 83rd Annual Convention also approved five other special orders dealing with:Maintaining the link between ag policy and public nutrition in the next federal Farm Bill;Placing former Ohio Dept. of Corrections farmland into a “Community Land Trust” to be used by young farmers of limited resources;Ensuring that any replacement of the Affordable Care Act assures “same or better” coverageReforming the nation’s dairy policy and pricing structure;Reiterated a policy from last year calling on a moratorium on the use of Class II injection wells for wastewater disposal of fracking and other oil and gas operations – and the adoption of Class I standards for such injection wells.last_img read more

Security Practices Reviewed

first_imgDo you really know the best ways to stay safe online? A recent post on the Google Online Security Blog showed that average web users focus on different tactics than those favored by security experts.In the blog post, Iulia Ion, Rob Reeder, and Sunny Consolvo highlight the results of two surveys they conducted. One was with security experts and one with users of the web who weren’t security experts. The two groups were asked to list the three best practices for remaining safe online. As the graphic (from the original post) below shows, the opinions of the two groups diverged, although both had recommendations about password usage.Image from Google Online Security Blog post – New research: Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe onlineI thought it would be useful to look at these recommendations and provide some of my thoughts:Install Software UpdatesExperts’ top recommendation was to install software updates – why? All software is prone to bugs, and many of these can be exploited by “bad guys” to compromise a user’s computer. As these bugs are discovered and the exploits employed, vendors provide patches for their software which fix the bugs. If you don’t keep your software up-to-date, you are unnecessarily exposing yourself to the risk of being compromised.PasswordsExperts advise using strong, unique passwords, while non-experts only advised strong passwords. By using unique passwords for each site, you can reduce the impact of a single site being compromised or your password exposed. Think about it this way – if you use the same strong password for every site you visit, what happens if one site gets hacked and someone finds out that password? Now, the “bad guys” have your password for all the sites you use.Using strong, unique passwords presents challenges, like, how do you remember all those passwords, especially if they are non-memorable? That’s why the number four recommendation of experts is to use a Password Manager. Most reputable password managers keep your passwords encrypted, so they can only be unlocked with a master password or fingerprint – now you only need to remember one strong password, and the rest can be unique and non-memorable.Non-experts recommend changing passwords frequently, but that really only provides protection against passwords being exposed and used long after the fact. This recommendation is likely made because many enterprises encourage (force) their users to change their passwords every six months.Two-factor AuthenticationExperts also advise the use of two-factor authentication. This means that, in addition to your username and password, you must have something else to prove who you purport to be. Many services, like Twitter, will send you a text message with an additional authentication code, if you configure it that way. This means that even if someone has your username and password, they wouldn’t be able to log in as you from a new device (most two-factor authentication can be set to only prompt for the second factor every 30 days, or when logging in from an unrecognized device.)Anti-virus softwareThe number one recommendation of non-experts was to use anti-virus software. Why didn’t experts recommend the same? Since new bugs and exploits are being discovered all the time, anti-virus software often doesn’t catch the latest problem. If you believe that having anti-virus software will protect you from all threats, then you may be less cautious and let your guard down.ConclusionBeing an active participant in online communities and using online services entails some level of risk that your personal information will be misused. Adopting some of the expert-recommended practices outlined above will make it a bit harder for the “bad guys,” and doesn’t impose a large burden on you.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article (Security Practices Reviewed) was originally published Thursday August 27, 2015 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Will an Electronic Viewfinder Help You Get Better Shots?

first_imgEVF UsabilityEVFs are most useful on bright, sunny days when glare makes monitors hard to see, or when the position of the camera makes it hard to see. If you’re shooting in a constrained environment — like the back of a car — a EVF pressed against your eye will take up a lot less room than a five-inch monitor on an arm.An EVF also adds more stability to a handheld shot because the rubber pressed against your eye adds a point of contact, making the camera less “tippy.”A final advantage of an EVF is when shooting intimate drama scenes. Because one eye is pressed to the EVF and the other closed, it’s less distracting for an actor than the operator/DP watching a small monitor just off their eye-line. Less light will escape compared to a backlit monitor, allowing the actor to focus on their scene partner.An EVF totally eliminates your peripheral vision. You’ll be dependent on other members of the crew to keep you from colliding with things. It’s never a good idea to do walking or moving shots with an EVF, unless someone you trust is spotting you, making sure you don’t get taken out by a car or walk into a low-hanging sign. In this article, we’ll examine the EVF, its usability pros and cons, and the best options for an indie filmmaking budget.Back in the glory days of film, the only way to see what the camera was seeing was by placing your eye to the eyepiece and framing up the shot. This meant that the cinematographer or operator was the only one seeing what they were capturing, giving them tremendous power on a film set.Once digital came along, with its SDI/HDMI-out cameras, the whole set could see the image in glorious high definition, color-graded, and ready for the big screen. If the PA didn’t think your ratios were right, they could point it out to the whole set, and the producer could agree with them.Cinematographers who worked in the days of celluloid love the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which is a tiny display inside an eyecup that only allows the person next to the camera to see what’s going on. Besides offering a one-person view of the camera’s sensor, the EVF has some key advantages and disadvantages worth noting.Camera Native vs. Third PartyEVFs on the market today break down into two camps: camera native and third party. The camera native ones, like the ARRI EVF-2 and the Canon EVF-V70, cost upwards of $6000 and have custom camera controls, as well as high-quality displays. They are, however, out of reach for most indie filmmakers. The Canon costs more than the Canon c200 Digital Cinema Camera.The third party ones, like the Zacuto Gratical and the PortKeys OEYE-3G, come in between $1000 and $2000, and connect to the camera via HMDI or SDI. They don’t add extra menu buttons or camera controls, but they give a great image and most have advanced features, like false color and peaking. The FutureEVFs definitely have their place on set, and as miniature high-resolution LED screens become cheaper — thanks in part to their use in cell phones — there’ll be more and more full-featured offerings for filmmakers of all budgets.Cover image via PortKeys.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Bring Your Next Film to Life with The Art of the Pitch DeckWhat to Put in Your Short Film’s Mood BoardHarnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Films and Video ProjectsGold Mount vs. V-Mount: Which Is Your Best Choice?Tips for Getting the Smoothest, Most Reliable Handheld Footagelast_img read more

Frank Lampard discusses Premier League interest in Bogle

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard insists the club have received no offer from Burnley or any other Premier League club for Jayden Bogle.The 18-year-old has been drawing attention from a host of top-flight teams and Lampard says he’s not surprised.Burnley have been one of the teams linked with a move for the young right-back who has broken into the Derby first team this season, under the tutelage of Lampard.But the former Chelsea midfielder, whose side visit the St. Mary’s to take Southampton in a FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, said Derby have had no contact.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.Asked if he was aware of any interest in Bogle, Lampard said, according to Lancashire Telegraph: “No, I am not but I wouldn’t be surprised because from the minute I have been here Jayden Bogle has been fantastic.”“I heard he was a talent, and he has shown that he can perform at a top level in the Championship and in our Carabao Cup run at Manchester United and at Chelsea.”“So, of course, people will look at players who are performing that well.”last_img read more

Innovation Insight 3 Questions for Katherine Hammack

first_img ADC AUTHOR Katherine Hammack is executive director, government and public sector, at Ernst & Young. She is former assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. On Base: You have played a unique role in helping installations evolve. What has been the biggest surprise you’ve watched happen?Hammack: I’m very excited to see the rapid adoption of renewable energy systems and the implementation of microgrids with energy storage. These have started small but have significant potential to increase resilience and readiness.On Base: What innovations do you see for the future?Hammack: The most interesting innovation is robotic process automation (RPA), which enables a software “robot” – a program – to replicate the actions of a human being interacting with the user interface of a computer system. RPA is a rule-based system that executes processes without the need for constant human supervision and connects multiple systems without changing the existing IT landscape. When applied to the right tasks, RPA can manage huge amounts of data, while providing significant time and money savings. RPA eliminates the “stress” often associated with repetitive, mechanical, complex tasks and allow us to “re-center” and improve productivity and creativity.On Base: What do you consider to be “the base of the future”?Hammack: The base of the future will not look like the “fortresses” or “forts” of today. The backups at access control points will be gone, because those control points will be automated. We will increase the efficiency and availability of transport on base through autonomous electric vehicles that are scheduled or on-demand, not privately owned. Technological innovation in a cyber secure environment will enable us to get back to human and engage in relationships, activities and projects that are more inspiring and align with our purpose.First in a series highlighting the faces and ideas of Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, March 4-6last_img read more