EVERTON (4-2-3-1)HOWARD, COLEMAN, STONE, JAGIELKA, GALLOWAY,McCARTHY, BARRY,KONE, BARKLEY, CLEVERLEY, LUKAKUMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)AGUERO, NAVAS, SILVA, STERLING, FERNANDINHO, TOURE,KOLAROV, MANGALA, KOMPANY, SAGNA, HARTManchester City are one of four teams with a 100 per cent record after two rounds of the Barclays Premier League and they are top of the table following successive 3-0 wins, at West Bromwich Albion and at home to reigning champions Chelsea.It is an impressive start by Manuel Pellegrini’s charges as they bid to wrest the title off Chelsea. And if they win at Goodison Park it will represent City’s best start to a Premier League season since the 2011-12 campaign, when they won their first four and finished the campaign as champions.Everton have also started well, with a home draw against Watford followed by an impressive 3-0 victory at Southampton last Saturday, their best start for three years.Ross Barkley has netted in both games, equalling in two games, the number of goals he scored throughout the whole of the previous campaign.Everton last beat City in 2013, at home, and in the last four clashes between these teams, City have won three and drawn one. However, the Toffeemen have won four and drawn one of their last five games against City at Goodison Park.England left-back Leighton Baines will be out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle problem, so Brendan Galloway should continue in his place. Another defender, Tony Hibbert, is also absent, along with Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar.
Former Commerce Minister Miatta Beysolow and former LPRC Managing Director, T. Nelson WilliamsA hearing that would determine the merits and demerits of a US$2million criminal appearance bond posted by Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACCICO) to prevent former Commence Minister Miatta Beyslow and former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Nelson Williams, and two other former government officials from going to jail, will take place today at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice.The proceeding will also afford ACCICO the opportunity to justify its bond, which government lawyers contend it lacks the legal right to post the bond.Beyslow together with her alleged collaborators are indicted for their roles in the disappearance of over US$5.8million from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant intended to improve social and economic development of the country.They are facing charges of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC). If what government lawyers are pushing were anything for the court to go by, then it would authorize a new bond or send them to jail, pending posting of a new one.But, if the court denies government’s argument then the defendants would be subsequently arraigned before Judge Blamo Dixon to have the charges read to them in court.In their exception to the bond, prosecution argued that the insurance company that is serving as surety for the defendants ‘bail bond has not shown to the satisfaction of the court any legal authority and or evidence that the company has the ability and capacity to do so.”The prosecution further claimed that there is no statement of account(s) of ACCICO from any financial institution within the country and outside of Liberia attached to the bond to show evidence that it has the financial capacity to serve as surety as required under law. “The company has filed several bail bonds to secure the release and appearance of many defendants within the country and those cases for which it secured the bail are still pending before various courts in Liberia,” the prosecution noted.In their counter argument, defense lawyers said, their posting of US$2million bond meets the reasonable standard set by the Supreme Court, because the amount is clearly adequate and sufficient to secure the presence of the defendants as and when they are required by the court.They further argued that the Supreme Court held that a certificate from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) in its capacity as the statutory regulation of insurance companies possesses assets within the Republic of Liberia sufficient to cover the obligation undertaken in the bond, exclusive of other bonds for which it is already serving as a surety, validate the bond.According to the defense lawyers, the CBL issued them a certificate confirming Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACCICO) has assets in the country in excess of US$3 million and the bank considered that they have sufficient assets in Liberia to cover the criminal appearance bond of US$2million which it issued on behalf of the defendants.They argued that the certificate from the CBL legally validates the defendants’ bond. They said, in compliance with the Insurance Act, ACCICO has submitted its audited financial statement for 2014 to the CBL, and it would also submit the audited financial statement for 2015 as mandated by the 2013 Insurance Act.They denied that the company has stood surety for other bonds in cases which are still pending before the court and which may affect its ability to act as the defendants’ surety.These are some of the legal arguments Judge Dixon will be hearing today and subsequently decide whether the bond is valid or not.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On Wednesday two men appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer to charges of illegal gun and ammunition possession.Colwyn Wright and Akeem Simeron both denied the charges which stated that on February 20, 2018, they had in their possession a 9mm pistol along with 29 live rounds ammunition.The prosecution is contending that Wright, 26, and Simeron, 21, were caught with the gun and ammo at 239 Green Acres, Providence, East Bank Demerara.In a bail application, the duo’s attorney informed the court that the firearm was hidden in the ceiling of the home which is under renovation and it is possible that someone else could have placed the items there.However, the Police’s prosecution object to bail on the grounds of it being a serious offence. The prosecution also informed the court that the defendants were aware that the items were hidden in the ceiling.The two men – a handyman and bartender, were denied bail and will return to court on March 21.
SAinfo reporter Sesames Awards The Sesames Awards will form part of the annual Cartes trade show, which will be held in Paris from 6 to 8 November. A panel of 38 jury members, recognised as experts in their respective fields, will decide on the winners, who will be announced on the eve of the exhibition on 5 November. “The Sesames Awards are a unique opportunity for the candidates to showcase their creativity and their achievements to 20 000 professionals and 200 journalists attending from over 140 countries, all on the lookout for new products in this market,” the Cartes trade show says on its website. There are 10 categories in the awards: hardware, software, identification, IT security, transportation, banking, authentication, mobility, e-transactions, discovery and maufacturing and tests. 29 October 2012 South African mobile security company Entersekt has been selected as one of 36 international finalists for the 2012 Sesames awards, which reward the best technological innovations in smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless systems. Entersekt’s ‘interactive transaction authentication’ product was selected for the IT security category and was chosen from 475 entrants.Mobile banking authentication It is a solution for the banking sector and allows customers use their mobile devices, in an interactive secure session, to authenticate themselves to the bank’s electronic services. It enables each transaction to be digitally signed, without a one-time password. “The company’s solution allows institutions to uniquely identify each phone in the world – not by using a mobile number which they have no control over, but by trusting a mathematically unique X.509 digital certificate that is automatically installed on the mobile device by the Entersekt CA,” Entersekt’s Christiaan Brand said in a statement. “Banks can leverage off the trust that is provided by this unique identifier, and can use this technology to digitally sign individual financial transactions using the private key that’s kept confidentially on the phone.”
In spite of strong headwinds in the housing market, manufacturers are coming up with new homes featuring factory-built panels, modules, or roof assemblies. One of the newcomers in the factory-built realm is Healthy Buildings Technology Group, an offshoot of Healthy Buildings USA.The company was launched in Napa, California, in 1999 by Bob Massaro, whose interest in green building has found expression in Bay Area projects such as the LEED-certified Vineyard Lodge dormitory for the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Massaro also was recently president of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Redwood Empire Chapter.Funded by a number of local investment groups, Healthy Buildings Technology Group is developing prototypes for a factory-built home series called OHome – a name intended to play on the design advantages of the sphere, which, the company says, “provides the least surface to the greatest interior area, which is at once structural but also thermally optimum.” The series consists of three models, each with a contemporary design – the Wave, which features a curved, vaulted roof; the Wing, whose flat roof angles up toward the front of the house and can accommodate a roof garden; and the Classic, with a gabled roof.Nearing the house-as-commodity conceptAs noted in a North Bay Business Journal story published January 31 – the day Healthy Buildings Technology Group announced its launch – the homes in the OHome line are designed for assembly in less than three weeks, and the size range will be 640 to 1,500 sq. ft. The first two demonstration homes, to be built this year in Napa, will be 1,200 sq. ft. and 640 sq. ft., with the former structure presented as a main house and the latter as a second unit, the Business Journal says.Once the necessary site work and assembly are completed, each OHome will be in move-in condition, with all finishes, fixtures, and appliances in place and ready for use. The company calls its product a super-energy-efficient, compact “house-in-a-box” designed to perform as a “net zero electric” dwelling. Depending on location and buyer preference, the thermal resistance of the home’s exterior walls can be upgraded from R-30 to as much as R-60. The per-square-foot cost, meanwhile, starts at $250, which puts the basic OHome line in the $160,000-$375,000 price range, excluding land costs.Land costs can easily top all other costs if you’re building in the Bay Area, although Malcolm Davies, co-founder of Healthy Buildings Technology Group and its executive vice president, tells GBA that while the company’s current plan is to serve clients in Northern California initially, it plans to expand to the entire West Coast by the end of 2011 and all of North America in 2012. International interest is expected to pick up this year.Davies added that the company is now focused on standardizing, as much as possible, the design, manufacturing, and assembly process. “We are viewing a home as a ‘Product’ rather than a traditional building,” he says. “And we are investing a lot more time and energy into the design and construction process, including prototyping physical components, than is possible with a traditional building.”
There’s No Need to Wait to Join the Smart Home RevolutionSmart technology is making home life more efficient and convenient than ever before. Home automation via connected devices can help you save money on power bills, remember when to take out the trash, or make sure your room is just the right temperature when it’s time for bed.Enhancements like these used to be reserved for luxury residences, but today, the average American has access to a vast array of connected devices that can improve the quality of their life at home. Unless you’re building a new house or planning on a large-scale renovation, you’re probably not going to splurge on a large number of automated features at once. Instead, most people will start by experimenting with one smart home device to see whether the benefits are real and commensurate with the price tag.You can join the smart home revolution — no overhaul needed.This approach makes sense, especially because some of these devices are powered by relatively new technologies and are constantly being updated. Most homeowners find, however, that once they incorporate one form of automation into their lives, they quickly want more. The great thing about smart homes is that the benefits of a device are multiplied when used in conjunction with others. The synergy created by a number of automated functions — and the cumulative cost savings that accrue when combining devices — makes additional investments in automated technology less prohibitive over time.An analysis by Simply Self Storage found that, based on the average U.S. household’s annual utility bill of $3,052, an investment in a comprehensive smart home system (which includes thermostats, sensors, sprinklers, and more) could save hundreds of dollars per year. That doesn’t mean you should buy 10 different devices today, but it does mean that it’s definitely time to start experimenting with smart home technology. If you’re not exactly sure where to start, consider one of these three popular use cases.Improve Energy EfficiencyThe savings realized from using smart technology to improve energy efficiency in the home is one of the biggest reasons people opt for connected devices. And this perk isn’t just for homeowners — rental property owners can benefit, too. As Sean Miller, president of PointCentral, a division of Alarm.com, explains, “An apartment generally costs around $2,400 annually to heat, cool, and power, so residents appreciate energy-efficient appliances and smart devices that provide more sustainable housing and decrease these costs by an average of 15 percent, according to our findings.” Including smart home devices in your rental properties is likely to appeal to many potential tenants, and it’s a great way to make your units stand out in a crowded market.Smart thermostats, lighting, and appliances can all be preprogrammed based on your personal preferences or needs and then remotely managed from your phone. These devices will alert you if they’re experiencing performance issues, allowing you to be proactive in handling problems. Many smart home products, such as the Philips Hue or Lifx smart lights, can also be integrated with popular voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Use a mix of these to reap the maximum energy efficiency benefits of smart tech.Enhance Your Home’s SecuritySmart home technology can provide the peace of mind that most homeowners have always wanted but couldn’t achieve until now. With keyless entry devices, for instance, you can be alerted if someone tries to get in your house without your permission, and you’ll never have to worry about your keys being lost or stolen. Likewise, smart security cameras such as the Nest Hello doorbell will stream real-time footage of your property straight to your phone, and add-ons to the device even incorporate facial recognition technology so you can more easily identify intruders.Just remember that because these devices are connected to the internet, they could be vulnerable to hackers. Protect them the same way you would your computer or cellphone by following some basic security best practices, such as making sure your Wi-Fi router is secure and updating all of your software regularly.Enjoy Convenience and ControlWith smart technology, if you’re away for the weekend and want to make sure your appliances are turned off, all you have to do is look at your phone. Or you can automate mundane tasks like feeding your dog, cleaning your living room or pool, or even watering your plants or yard. The capabilities of connected devices are expanding seemingly every day.Now, instead of hiring the neighbor’s kid to take care of your daughter’s goldfish while you’re on vacation, Apex’s aquarium controller lets you do it remotely, so you don’t have to wonder whether that fish will need life support when you get back. Consider what challenges exist for you as a homeowner, renter, or landlord, and ask yourself how smart tech can make those problems disappear.The ability to control virtually every aspect of your home from the palm of your hand is within reach. Whether you’re building a new home, buying one, or simply upgrading your current home, smart technology provides a great way to personalize and protect. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Use This Crowdfunding Hack to Fund Your Automat… Related Posts Tags:#connected home#smart devices#smart home#smart technology How Much of Your Home Life Will Be Automated in… The Key to Smart Home Success: Safety and Security The Rise of the Smart Home, Apartment or Condom…