Avenette Sirleaf (Aka Queen V), Liberia’s oldest female rapper, has most definitely worked hard to obtain the status “Godmother of Hip-Co” over a period of sixteen years (16yrs).From dancing on stage at age of 15, this “Jue You Bad” female knows exactly how to rock the mic with her standard rap flow and western fashion trends.The tatted up female, who is always seen wearing different kinds of dark designer stunners, was born in Monrovia at the Cooper’s Clinic on Sept 17, 1982. A mother of two, this 31-year-old rap icon started her musical career at age 15 as a dancer. Many times at local basketball games, hungry crowds looked out for the most outstanding andcaptivating performances of the young Queen V alongside dancing partner Queen B, which redefined girl dancers in the early 90s. Now at age 31, the game has still not changed.Queen V, who has always been admired for her bold and spectacular performances, always making sure she leaves her fans in awe, is now an award winning artist for best song of the year 2013 for her track, “Jue You Bad” featuring Tan Tan B and DenG. She is also known for hits songs like “This is where I’m from” featuring Cypha the King, Nasseman, and Takun J and many more.Recently, the very bold and sassy queen of hip-co has been silent and kind of MIA (Missing In Action). Lib Life thought to checkup on her about her latest developments especially with the latest news on her her newborn baby.Sporting a leotard printed dress with matching headscarf and shoes and, as always, a dark Luis Vinton stunner, she doesn’t hesitate to fill us in on what we’ve been missing out on.Lib Life: hey… Avenette, thanks for having us.Queen V: Thank you too for having me,Lib Life: Tells us, how do you deal with all the attention, knowing you’re the most experienced and the godmother of this rap game in Liberia?Queen V: Well I’m calm about, you know, being the baddest, I’m not you know crazy, like crazy-crazy and letting it get to my head. I know how to deal with fame, I’ve been in this game for a very long time now so I’m focused and basically I deal with it in a very mature way, which is being the baddest!Lib Life: You’ve been missing in action for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, we didn’t see you at the sound city beach jam. Tell us, what has the queen been up to?Queen V: Well nothing much, just that I’ve just given birth and I’m recovering from a C-Section. I wasn’t at the show because I am recovering.Lib Life: Wow. That must be tough! Is he your first?Queen V: Oh No! He’s actually my second giant. My first child who’s also a boy is thirteen years old now. I have two giants now.Lib Life: Wow… I must admit you’re beautiful. So what’s the secret keeping up with being a mom of two and at the same time being the Queen V of LIB?Queen V: Oh Thank you and all I can say is, the secret is simple, being the baddest! That’s just it.Lib Life: Now lets go back to your pregnancy cause I’m sure not everybody was aware of it.Queen V: They all knew I was pregnant. My pregnancy wasn’t a secret. I performed the entire time I was pregnant. I did so many shows, so now, they’re just finding out that because of the C-section I just had, I couldn’t do any performances and that is why I wasn’t at the show on the 15th. My fans know I don’t let them down (laughing hysterically).Lib Life: You just won an award for best track of the year, for you song “Ju you bad”, how does that make you feel?Queen V: Well ummm I feel great! I feel amazed, I feel happy, I feel so overjoyed that all the hard work I’ve put into this game is finally starting to pay off.Lib Life: But did it ever occur to you or cross your mind that the song would have gone that far? That is as far as winning an award?Queen V: I knew it was a hit song when it was being recorded in the studio. I knew instantly it was a hit, I knew it had potential of going very far, very very far.Lib Life: And who would you say was your inspiration to the track?Queen V: Myself! I was thinking of myself. Am I not bad???Lib Life: Oh of course you are!Queen V: Exactly! I was thinking about myself darling cause I know I’m bad! Believe me!Lib Life: So what you’re saying basically is the song was all about you.Queen V: Yeah that’s right. And then if you’re singing it and you are a female; just know you’re bad too. It’s not really necessarily about Queen V but you could also put it in your shoes as well, you can be a bad chic, which is good!Lib Life: So tell us when will Queen V come out of that hiding place of hers and give her fans what they always expect?Queen V: (Laughing) Well basically, because I have just given birth, I have to heal. I thought it was going to be a normal delivery but it turned out not to be. So once I’m healed, Lib’s going to know what’s up.Lib Life: Any goodies stored up for your fans while you’re taking time off?Queen V: Oh Yeah, most def! I got couple of tracks I did alongside “Jue you bad”, and so I’m working on their videos.Lib Life: But don’t you feel bad a little? I mean missing out on a chance of some possible collabos with two of the foreign artists that came?Queen V: Believe me, I don’t feel bad or consider it as me being left out. In fact, I think I am the reason why I was left out. If I was well I would have been with them. I’m happy because I just had a baby and he’s my little joy!Lib Life: Ok so, lets talk about this new joy of yours a little.Queen V: (laughing) No no, he’s private. He’s not the celeb here. So no! And don’t even ask about a name cause you’re not going to get it. I’m keeping my baby out of this; he’ll come into the publics’ eyes very soon.Lib Life: And how is older brother taking it? How does he feel about his little brother?Queen V: Oh my gosh! He’s so excited. He’s 13yrs old so he’s a big brother. He’s very happy to have a sibling now, you know, very happy. The baby is still young but he can’t wait to start feeding him once he gets a little older.Lib Life: And how does he handle the fact that his mom is a public figure?Queen V: I mean a lot of times he goes to school and sometimes he tells me, “mommy I heard this about Queen V” and he would ask whether it’s true or not and I make him understand that not everything he hears out there about his mother is true. So if he hears something that is wrong about me, he’s not going to confront you about it, but will rather wait till he gets home and talk to be about those things he heard. And I tell him exactly what’s going on.Lib Life: Oh that’s really fantastic. So you being a musical idol for many young ladies out there and you’re also a mother. What advice do you have to other young struggling mothers out there trying to make ends meet?Queen V: Well I would say as a teenager, protect yourself while you still can, pay attention to school cause once you’re learned, you’re guaranteed to excel in life. But for those who were very unfortunate and ended up having kids already, I would say abstain now from just having casual sex and concentrate on going back to school.Also concentrate on being a good mother to your child because those kids, they didn’t ask you to bring them into this world. It was your decision, so it’s your responsibility. Even if the father of that child is not willing to be a responsible father, I believe the mother should be a responsible mother. I think often times you hear people saying, “I’m the mother and father of this child”, so I mean young ladies, young girls should follow that path.Lib Life: Sweetz of Red Eyes Entertainment once in an interview expressed, wanting to do a collabo with you, how you see that?Queen V: Oh really??? Well that sounds good. You mean Sweetz the first lady right? Well yeah that sounds like a good idea, I mean she should reach out to me, anytime I’m available.Lib Life: And what about this rumor of you and Tan Tan B sparking up a little romance?Queen V: (laughing so hard) Come on! Tan Tan and I work together! We’ve worked on so many projects before “Jue you bad” but apparently “Jue you bad” turned out to be the bomb. Basically Tan Tan and I went to school together, we attended J J Roberts United Methodist School way back in the days, so we’ve known each other way before this music game. So he’s just my real good friend and he’s a godfather to the baby. Please! Liberia, Tan Tan is just and only a friend!Lib Life: We got you loud and clear ma’am, so is there anything else you’ll want your fans to be aware of while you’re still in your hide out?Queen V: Hehehehe… Ah, they need to know, infact they already know what I’m capable of and they should know that when I do bounce back; I mean “Jue you bad” was just something like a teaser but with the other videos I’m going to be working on, they’re going to be crazy! I mean the bomb! So let them watch out, the queen was expecting, the queen has given birth, the queen shall return.Lib Life: Right! Anyways Queen V it was great chatting with you and we wish you a speedy recoveryQueen V: Yes ma’am!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…deems performance “miserable”By Shemuel FanfairThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has categorically spoken out against the tenure of outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Errol Hanoman whose upcoming departure was recently disclosed to State media by the Corporation’s Chairman,Outgoing GuySuCo CEO, Errol HanomanProfessor Clive Thomas.It was indicated that Hanoman will leave his post by the end of this year when his contract with the Corporation expires. Professor Thomas was quoted as saying that the departure had nothing to do with the hundreds of workers recently receiving letters of redundancy.However, the workers’ main representative body, GAWU, maintained that Hanoman should take responsibility for much of the industry’s prevailing issues.“His performance was miserable, he should have gone a long time, it’s overdue,” GAWU President Seepaul Narine briefly expressed in an invited comment on Thursday.Hanoman resigned from the GuySuCo CEO position under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government in 2010, after just one year serving in the post. It was reported that on that occasion, he cited personal reasons for departure. Nevertheless, industry veteran and GAWU President Komal Chand shared similar sentiments as Narine, telling Guyana Times on Thursday that theGAWU President Komal Chandoutgoing CEO has led the industry on a downward path, whereby production of sugar had slumped to the lowest level in over 20 years.“He inherited a production of 231,000 tonnes of sugar that was planted [under] the past regime in 2014 and that sugar was reaped in 2015; and since then, the industry has gone on a tail spin. He received $32 billion in two-and-a-half years and he could hardly produce 150,000 tonnes of sugar,” the GAWU President strongly expressed.In 2015, production reached 200,000 tonnes but at the end of December last year, it was announced that 2016’s numbers (183,652 tonnes) was the lowest production since 1990 when 129,920 tonnes of sugar production was recorded. The 183,652 tonnes for 2016 was well below the set target of 242,000 tonnes, which was affected by El Niño earlier in that year.Chand told this publication on Thursday that this reduction in production coupled with other factors, has caused the industry’s decline which has been long been described as operating under a cash-strapped status.“He is answerable for the decline in production and for all the decisions that led to the alienation of the workers. He has deprived them of their benefits. He has demotivated the workforce and he has done a lot of wrongs that he put together,” Chand claimed.The sugar industry veteran further highlighted the conflicts that have ensued between Special Purposes Unit (SPU) and GuySuCo over the firing of workers. Chand said Hanoman should have never been allowed to return to his post after his past resignation.“Hanoman is isolated and his exit has now become a reality. He shouldn’t have come back in the first place since he was sent away by the last Government in that post. It dawned on him that he’s isolated. Everybody who worked with him and now the Special Purposes Unit is now having serious conflict with him. He cannot account for his stewardship,” expressed the GAWU President.Speaking on the steps Government should take to salvage the industry, Chand indicated that dismissed workers could be rehired so that they could properly provide for themselves and families.“We hope that these workers will be quickly rehired because they are facing very difficult times [with regards to] putting their children in school and to live. We hope that the thousands of workers who got their letters of dismissal would be quickly rehired so that there could be some satisfaction for them and their families,” urged Chand.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo. Despite these moves, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told a post-Cabinet press briefing that the closure of the Rose Hall estate will be pushed back to 2018. Harmon had said that closure of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice will occur sometime next year. With regard to the Skeldon and Enmore Estates, he said the SPU will have to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell. However, the redundancy of workers was fast-tracked in the last few weeks.Nearly 2000 Skeldon workers received redundancy letters and around 1500 Enmore workers were similarly let go. The Wales Estate was closed in December 2016 but in that case, the workers were certain of the impending closure since January of that year.
Magistrate Leron Daly on Thursday recalled an arrest warrant that was issued for Superintendent Gary McAllister who did not turn up to court at the set time to give evidence into the matter against Maryann Daby.Maryann DabyDaby was accused of attempting to kill a Police Officer by pointing a loaded gun to his head and pulling the trigger. However, the case was further delayed when the matter was called and McAllister was not present to take the stand.The Prosecutor told the court that the officer knew of the proceeding’s date and time and therefore an arrest warrant should be issued.Magistrate Leron Daly then issued the warrant but later recalled it after McAllister showed up. The matter will be called again on May 28.The Superintendent had given contradicting evidence at the previous court day resulting in the matter being adjourned.On May 2, 2019, McAllister told the court that he brought one evidence bag from the Brickdam Police Station containing one .32 Beretta pistol with a magazine, along with four live .32 ammunition and two .32 spent shells.However, at the next court hearing, the Police rank told the court that he uplifted the evidence bag with a magazine, four live rounds, and two .22 spent shells. The evidence listed completely varied from his testimony of May 2 thus the matter was adjourned.Twenty-five-year-old Maryanne Daby of Lot 127 D’Aguiar Park, Houston, Greater Georgetown, was slapped with two possession charges.She was not allowed to plead to the first charge read to her by City Magistrate Judy Latchman. The charge alleged that on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street and Thomas Lands, Georgetown, Daby attempted to murder Police Constable Christopher Kissoon.The financial officer denied having a .32 pistol along with five live .32 rounds of ammunition in her possession while being an unlicensed firearm holder.It was alleged Daby was seen firing shots in the air while partying at a racing club when she was approached by Constable Kissoon and commanded to stop. The irritated young woman took the said pistol and pointed it to the officer’s head and pulled the trigger. The prosecutor informed the court that the gun jammed and did not discharge.
Guyana’s oil money offshoreThe billions of dollars that Guyana will earn from the oil and gas sector will be held by an overseas bank, rather than Guyana’s Central Bank; an arrangement that Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobind Ganga said is normal.Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind GangaWhen asked by this publication about Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s announcement that the oil money will be held by the United States (US) Federal Reserve Bank, Dr Ganga said that the money will still be managed by Guyana.“What Central Bank will be doing; Central Bank will be managing the fund. It’s Government funds, but it will be held at the federal reserve like any other Government fund. It’s the Bank of Guyana that opened and took the necessary steps to operationalise the fund.”Guyana’s Central BankDr Ganga was also asked about whether the funds could be vulnerable to external shocks, since it would be denominated in United States Dollars and would be offshore Guyana. There have also been cases where the US has seized funds that belonged to other countries but were being banked in the US.“No, it wouldn’t expose the money to external shocks. It is very safe at the federal reserve. That is just part of the picture. The fund is going into the federal reserve, it’s just like funds going into the consolidated fund. So when it goes there, you utilise it [according to your determination].”The long-awaited Natural Resources Fund Bill was assented to by President David Granger in February of this year. It is a crucial piece of legislation that is intended to create a framework for saving and investing revenue from Guyana’s oil and gas sector.All of this will represent a monetary windfall for Guyana, which will be saved and invested through a Natural Resources Fund. Previously, a green paper on the Fund was laid in the National Assembly.Government had released the draft Natural Resources Fund Bill of 2018, which had proposed, among other things, a 22-member Public Accountability and Oversight Committee that would oversee the management of the Fund and provide checks and balances.NRF ActPart VI of the act speaks to the management of the fund and states that the Minister shall be responsible for the overall management of the fund and shall – (a) be responsible for preparing of the the Investment Mandate and include the items specified in section 36; (b) when preparing or admending the Investment Mandate, seek the advice of the Investment committee established under section 13;(c) be assisted by the Senior nvestment Adviser and Analyst; and(d) enter into an operatioal agreement with the Bank for the operational management of the Fund. Section 12. ( I) states that the Bank shall be responsible for the operational management of the Fund and shall manage the Fund in accordance with the Investment Mandate and the operational aggreement. It further noted that the operational agreement shall state (a) the fee charged by the Bank for the operational management of the Fund;(b) the liability for paying damages to the Government for losses that occur due to negligence or intent on the part of the bank or private mangers in managing the fund and (c) all other matters required for the effective operational management of the Fund.The Act also provides for the committee to include a media representative proposed by the Guyana Press Association (GPA). Other entities that will have to propose representatives include the Guyana Bar Association; the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GY-EITI); Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), the Guyana Consumers’ Association and the various trade unions.The Act specifically excludes persons such as Members of Parliament, Ministry staff, persons of unsound mind, ex-convicts and the bankrupt from serving on the Committee. It also lists the functions of the Committee, which will include monitoring and evaluating the compliance of Government and other officials related to the NRF, with the provisions of the Act.Stabroek BlockThe Stabroek Block, by far the most successful oil block in Guyana, is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.A contract was inked on October 7, 2016, between the coalition Government, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek Block. In the renegotiated contract, Guyana agreed to a two per cent royalty for every barrel of oil, a 50 per cent share of profit oil and a US$18 million signing bonus.Guyana’s profit sharing arrangement with ExxonMobil is for 50 per cent of profit oil. But with Exxon reclaiming its investment costs as cost oil, it means Guyana will initially get 12.5 per cent of profit.Originally scheduled for 2020, first oil production has been moved up to this month. It is understood that the initial crude lifts will be 1 million barrels. With the first lift going to Exxon, Guyana is not expected to get its share until February to March.Out of the contract, Guyana also secured the company’s agreement to set up a fund for social and environmental projects. Exxon has to contribute US$300,000 per year to this fund. The sums roll over and the company together with Government will determine which projects to fund.The contract sets aside another US$300,000 per year to ensure Guyanese personnel are trained at local or overseas universities and conferences.
RIO VISTA – Scientists became increasingly concerned about the health of two wayward whales Tuesday as the mother whale and her calf spent a second day circling near a Sacramento River bridge about 70 miles from the Pacific. Both whales are wounded, apparently from a run-in with a boat’s propeller, and veterinarians have recently observed changes in the condition of those wounds, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. “The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted,” said Frances Guiland of the Marine Mammal Center. Fresh water from the Sacramento River could hamper the whales’ recovery, biologists said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Skin samples taken from the mother whale Monday were sent to out-of-state labs to assess her general health and help identify her population stock. Scientists and the U.S. Coast Guard tried to position more than two dozen boats ahead of the whales in an effort to keep them from swimming any farther back up the river on Tuesday. Some crews tried to herd the two humpbacks by banging metal pipes beneath the water in an effort to drive them downstream. The challenge, officials said, was encouraging the pair to return to salt water quickly but without resorting to tactics that could upset the wounded whales.
West Ham target Carlos Bacca Sevilla have withdrawn from the race to land West Ham target Carlos Bacca.The AC Milan striker has reportedly been the subject of a £28million bid from the Hammers, who are desperate to land a big-name striker this summer.The east London club are thought to be closing in on a deal for the Colombian hotshot, who stands to earn a reported £90,000 a week should he head to West Ham.And they have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the 29-year-old, who scored 18 goals in 38 Serie A outings last term.It had been reported that his former club Sevilla, who he left to join Milan a year ago, were weighing up an offer to take him back to Spain.But the club’s sporting director Monchi insists Sevilla are not attempting to bring back Bacca.He told a press conference: “We have three [non-EU] foreigners in the team, so there is nothing more to say. In addition, Carlos will have more interesting options.” 1
DONEGAL saw off Leitrim by 4-17 to 1-11 in a challenge game on Sunday to mark the opening of a superb new facility at Pairc Aodh Rua – the Red Hugh’s ground in Killygordon.It was a superb result for Donegal with Kilcar teenager impressing with a score of 1-3 in the first half and Stephen Griffin scored 2-3 after coming on as a sub.It was also great to see Christy Toye back in action, getting 70 minutes under his belt. Donegal manager Jim McGuinness used the game to give some up and coming stars their chance.And he said of those who took part: “You can see that they had a wee bit about them and that if they continue to develop, they will keep trying to get into the squad.”McGuinness said captain Michael Murphy will be fit to face Cavan in the USC clash with Cavan on June 12th.Other senior players like Karl Lacey and Kevin Cassidy were rested for the friendly, while Mark McHugh, Eamon McGee and Rory Kavanagh continue to recover from injuries. The day was all about Killygordon however.A great credit to all involved at Aodh Rua on a superb day for the club.DONEGAL WIN HELPS KILLYGORDON UNVEIL SUPER NEW PITCH was last modified: May 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:aodh ruadonegalKillygordonleitrim
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A telephone call to Laufer’s office Wednesday was not immediately returned. Laufer allegedly bought the cases from Carlon and filed the fraudulent claims against the victims’ insurance companies. The ring allegedly staged more than 60 collisions using a so-called “swoop and squat” technique, which involves braking suddenly to cause a rear-end collision. Carlon allegedly recruited friends and family into the ring and several suspects were enticed to join at a church Bible study group, officials said. People typically were paid a few hundred dollars to cause the accidents and report injuries, Garamendi said. The ring allegedly targeted SUVs and commercial trucks. No one was seriously injured in the collisions, but one victim had to close his business after his company truck was totaled in a staged accident, Garamendi said. The other suspects arrested in the case were primarily people living in the United States illegally, Garamendi said. In 1996, a family of three burned to death on the Long Beach Freeway when their station wagon was crushed between two big rigs and exploded. Two men were sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting they staged the accident as part of an insurance scam. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Twenty-three people have been arrested for allegedly participating in an insurance fraud ring that staged more than 60 auto collisions on Southern California freeways and bilked about $3 million from insurers, officials said Wednesday. A seven-month investigation led to the arrest of Huntington Park lawyer Bernard Laufer, 52, as the alleged ringleader, said state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. Laufer, taken into custody Tuesday, faces charges of insurance fraud, grand theft and conspiracy. The investigation continues and more arrests likely will be made, Garamendi said. The probe is looking into doctors and chiropractors who may have been involved in the scam. The California Department of Insurance in April received a tip that Humberto Carlon, 22, of La Verne was recruiting people to participate in staged collisions. Carlon was arrested early in the investigation and has been sentenced to two years in state prison for his involvement.
Wigan star Victor Moses has set his heart on a move to Chelsea, the Daily Mail suggest.QPR have expressed an interest in signing the 21-year-old, while Liverpool are also reported to want him.But Moses is said to be keen to sign for the Blues, who yesterday had a £4m bid for him rejected according to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.Chelsea are tipped to return with an improved offer closer to the £5m mark, while The Daily Telegraph report that Moses wants to discuss his future with Latics boss Roberto Martinez.The Mail also say Jose Bosingwa, recently released by Chelsea, has been offered to Barcelona.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Related Posts richard macmanus RFID is an emerging standard for identification and tracking of goods. It’s one of the key underlying technologies for the Internet of Things. Yesterday we looked at the market for Internet fridges. Our conclusion was that until RFID tags become more common place on food items, Internet fridges will continue to be novelty appliances. In this post we look at the current state of RFID (Radio-frequency identification). Some big names in the retail industry have climbed on board the RFID freight train. Notably Wal-Mart, which has not only adopted RFID big time, but pressured its suppliers to do so too. The US retail giant issued a mandate to its top 100 suppliers in late 2004, requiring them to use RFID tags. The suppliers struggled to comply, so more Wal-Mart mandates followed. Finally, after years of slow take-up, Wal-Mart introduced fines for non-compliance in January 2008. The Practical Problems of RFIDAs CRM Buyer wrote recently, “while the expectation was that RFID would revolutionize the supply chain from end to end, achieving that transformation was an overly ambitious goal.” CRM Buyer pointed to issues such as the cost of tags, problems with reader accuracy, privacy and data integration. Currently only a handful of Wal-Mart’s nearly 150 distribution centers are RFID-enabled, according to Bob Novack – an associate professor of supply chain management for Penn State. A big part of the problem is that it’s just too hard for suppliers to implement RFID technology. Even at the most basic level of signal interference between RFID chips and things like metal racks. The cost to implement RFID is also a challenge, particularly in a recession.The CRM Buyer article goes on to state that while RFID may not be finding much success with front-end retail or distribution, it is finding better take up with back-of-the-store inventory and tracking high-value products (e.g. pharmaceuticals, electronics).Bokodes: Could Compete With RFID in Some AreasPerhaps the right technology hasn’t yet been found for item identification and tracking. This week MIT announced a new type of bar code, called a bokode. As the BBC reported, bokodes can hold thousands of times more information than bar codes and can be read by a standard mobile phone camera. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web Bokodes could replace RFID systems “in some near-field communication applications,” suggested MIT Media Lab’s Ankit Mohan. For example, RFID cannot be used for credit cards, because the data can be read at a distance and so isn’t secure enough. Mohan thinks that the Bokode “could encode just as much information, but require an open line-of-sight to the card to be read, increasing security.”While bokodes currently cost about $5 each in their prototype stage, MIT expects the price to drop to about 5 cents when produced in even relatively small volumes.ConclusionRFID is almost certainly here to stay, even if other ‘better’ technologies appear. As this deployment map from the RFID Journal shows, the technology is getting solid take-up even despite the practical difficulties. Tech companies such as IBM are also using RFID extensively. However, RFID is still a long way off replacing bar codes.As far as consumer applications for RFID go, don’t hold your breath. Tim Berners-Lee was excited by the possibilities of RFID chips, for example enabling people to check information about individual products on the Web. Before we can do that kind of thing though, retailers and suppliers need to overcome many hurdles to even implement the baseline RFID technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market