The secretariat of the Public Account Committee (PAC) has indicated that all is set to continue public hearings into audit reports submitted to the Legislature by the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission (GAC).According to the PAC, the 15-member Joint Committee will have joint hearings in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature starting at 11:00 a.m. to consider reports from the Auditor General to the Legislature. The reports cover activities of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) from the period 2009/2010 and 2011.On Friday, February 14, 2014, the PAC will interrogate authorities in charge at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) from audit reports dating from 2006/2007 and 2007/2008.The Chairman of the Joint PAC, Senator Edward Boimah Dagoseh, disclosed in a recent briefing that the public hearings exercise has a huge backlog of audit reports.“We have 85 audit reports from the GAC, nevertheless the PAC has the strong determination and commitment to have public hearings on all audit reports,” Sen. Dagoseh declared. He noted that public hearings have been conducted on the Ministries of Gender & Development, Education, Justice (for the Prison System), the National Port Authority and Roberts International Airport, all based on audit reports.Senator Dagoseh said the mandate of the PAC in the current phase of the public hearings is sponsored by the World Bank and include: 1) review and public hearings held on audit reports by GAC; 2) investigation of public expenditure; 3) investigation of irregularities and other issues raised by the GAC; 4) the development of recommendations on government financial administration; 5) to conduct ex-post scrutiny on budget execution, 6) to publish reports.Speaking recently during a two-day consultative workshop for media practitioners and civil society organizations, Sen. Dagoseh further disclosed that the role of members of the Legislature through the Joint Public Accounts Committee & Audits is to scrutinize the way the Executive operates and to hold it to account where performance falls short.Meanwhile, the World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Ms Inguna Dobraja, has reminded attendants at a two-day consultative workshop in Monrovia that the National Legislature of Liberia has the constitutional mandate to assist the Executive Branch in ensuring accountability for proper management of public finances.Madam Dobraja recalled the lack of functioning system of accountability to guide the use of public finances during the years of conflict in the country. She said as the country transitions from its post-conflict recovery phase while laying the foundations for its long term development, “the National Legislature is confronted with significant challenges in fulfilling its public finance oversight responsibilities.”“These challenges,” the World Bank official asserted, “are reflected in significant delays in budget scrutiny and timely approvals of annual budgets, which together have been affecting the effectiveness of, and predictability in budget execution; which in turn impacts efficiency of service delivery and execution of public investment programs essential for improving lives of many Liberians.”She disclosed the World Bank is providing assistance to strengthen Liberia’s financial management through the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP) and the Institutional Development Fund (IDF) grant, including supporting the work of the PAC.As part of this assistance, “Parliamentary Strengthening, through the Media Program of the World Bank, is providing capacity building support to the Liberian Legislature’s PAC through streamlining the committee’s business process and procedures and strengthening interaction with the committee’s primary stakeholders.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The late President William V. S. TubmanPresident George Weah has by Proclamation declared Friday, November 29, 2019 a national holiday marking the 124th birth anniversary of former President William V.S. Tubman, the 18TH President of Liberia.The day, is to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday.The Proclamation further ordered and directed all government ministries and agencies, business houses, as well as market places closed during the observance of the day from six O’clock ante meridian to six O’clock post meridian.According to a Foreign Ministry release, activities marking the observance of the day are in recognition of President Tubman’s productive and meaningful services to Liberia, including his integration policy, the granting of suffrage to Liberian women, open door policy, as well as many other socioeconomic developments, particularly highlighting his contributions to the emancipation of African colonial territories into statehood.The observance of the day is in recognition of the numerous contributions, and profound changes and lasting accomplishments made by former President Tubman during his administration for which the citizens of Liberia expressed their deep appreciation, and approval for his outstanding, noble and remarkable leadership, through a petition that requested the Legislature to enact a law in honor of his birth for posterity.At its 3rd Session, the 42nd Legislature enacted a legislation declaring November 29 of each year, as the Birth Anniversary of President William V.S. Tubman (Late) to be celebrated as a national holiday in keeping with the will of the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LGE 2018With over 50 per cent of young people making up the general population of Guyana, youths have an important role to play in the decision?making process of the country, to shape a brighter future for generations of Guyanese to come.This is the message of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) candidate for Constituency Three (Stewartville/Cornelia Ida) Amelia Ali who told Guyana Times in an interview on Tuesday that is the reason she chose to contest.Ali, who sits on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), said she feels there is plenty room for young people to get involved in community development work.“I think if we as young people are going to shape our future, we need to get on aPPP/C Constituency Three (Stewartville/Cornelia Ida) candidate, Amelia Alicertain platform where our voices are going to be heard, and be part and parcel of the decision-making process,” she added.The 24-year-old feels youths should get out and join the local political movement, regardless of which party they chose to be part of. She is encouraging those persons to work towards ensuring that their ideas and plans become a reality.She said, “If they are up for it, then just come out. Under whichever party you chose to support or even if you want to campaign separately from any political party that is fine as well… but we definitely have to get involved in the decision-making in our country.”The PPP/C candidate told Guyana Times that she first started out in politics a few years ago and quickly developed a love for it. She is a member of the youth arm of the PPP/C, the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), where many of the leaders, including General Secretary and former President Bharrat Jagdeo also started.Asked what inspired her to join politics, Ali said she was drawn to it because of the avenue it creates to assist people, communities and the country as a whole. As a young female who has ambitions of becoming a mainstream politician someday, she said she admires party veteran, Philomena “Fireball” Sahoye-Shury the most. “She is tenacious and her story is inspiring. She was involved in politics when the atmosphere wasn’t as easy as it is now. Even though those times were tougher, she still managed to get her message through and she represented her party well,” she added.Aside from her, Ali said despite being a youth politician, she also draws her inspiration from women not particularly in politics, but those who have made and/or continue to make a tangible contribution to the development of Guyana. These persons include, but are not limited to, President of the Guyana Trade Union Congress and General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Coretta McDonald; and writer/activist, Anna Correia.Ali, who is currently reading for a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Guyana will be contesting the Constituency Three (Stewartville/Cornelia Ida) West Coast Demerara area. She said that she hopes to take some changes to the area.“Most of the ideas I have for my community are not necessarily new but what I think needs to happen is the approach to which we deal with things in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) needs to change. What I do hope to accomplish if I do get elected is to develop waste management strategies because littering in my NDC has proven to be a sore issue,” she explained.Ali said that petty theft, robberies and other social ills continue to affect her community. Once elected, she said she will push to have an improved working relationship with the Community Policing Group and the Police to tackle these issues.The young PPP/C candidate also boasted about her party’s vision for her constituency and Guyana as a whole, emphasising that it has what it takes to manage local democratic organs effectively and efficiently, and will ensure that no new taxes are implemented.She is encouraging everyone, especially youths, to take part of the democratic process and ensure that the vote at the upcoming Local Government Elections set for November 12. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
“We only need one more step to Berlin and we really want the double,” said Robben, with the German Cup final to be played in the capital on May 19.“We’re really happy, it was a team effort. We created and finished some nice goals.”But Bayern could be without Thomas Mueller for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash against Schalke after the Germany forward limped off injured during the first half.Mueller bruised his thigh after colliding with Paderborn’s goalkeeper in the build-up to the opening goal from Coman on 19 minutes, after Paderborn had seen an earlier effort ruled out for offside.“We hope he’ll be okay to play against Schalke, we took him off as a precautionary measure,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.Bayern went 2-0 up on 25 minutes when Coman lobbed the defence and striker Lewandowski finished clinically.It was the 25th time the prolific Polish star has hit the net for Bayern this season in all competitions.Mueller played on until just past the half-hour mark before being replaced by Tolisso.With Paderborn’s defence then distracted by Lewandowski free in the middle of the box, Bayern right-back Kimmich fired home inside the near post to make it 3-0 at the break.Tolisso kept the scoreboard ticking over when he headed home a James Rodriguez cross 10 minutes into the second half.Paderborn, who had never previously got this far in the competition, nearly grabbed a consolation goal when Sven Michel hit the post on 57 minutes.But Robben inflated the scoreline with two goals in the dying stages.Sebastian Rudy squared a Tolisso cross and Robben curled his shot home for his first goal on 86 minutes.Then two minutes later Robben grabbed a second when replacement Franck Ribery drew the goalkeeper and passed across to the Dutchman who tapped home.Bayern are 18 points clear in the Bundesliga and will be joined in the semi-final draw by Bayer Leverkusen or Werder Bremen who meet later on Tuesday.Eintracht Frankfurt host Mainz and Schalke are at home to Wolfsburg in all-Bundesliga clashes on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arjen Robben tears apart the Paderborn defence as Bayern march into the German Cup semi-finals © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 6 – Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich breezed into the last four of the German Cup with a 6-0 quarter-final romp at third-division Paderborn on Tuesday.Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso all hit the target for Bayern before Robben added two late goals as the Bavarian giants continued their quest for a record 19th German Cup title.
United were poor in the opening period, but they controlled possession after the interval as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte opted to play more cautiously.Despite dominating in the second half, Mourinho’s side left empty-handed thanks to some fine saves from Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.And the United manager, often criticised for sending out negative teams himself, couldn’t resist the chance to take a swipe at his old rival Conte’s tactics.“I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win,” Mourinho said.“I am the Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they (Chelsea) are my previous club but because they are the opponents today.“But I think we deserved to win. I am quite curious to know what you say or what people write because if my team plays like Chelsea did I can imagine what people would say. I am quite curious.“The image of the game is that (United goalkeeper) David de Gea did not touch the ball. He touched the ball in the net.”Mourinho admitted the absence of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who was only able to feature as a second-half substitute following an ankle injury, was a major hindrance as it encouraged Chelsea to play a more defensive and physical style.“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players. You need that presence,” he said.“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku does not have a presence, so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.“We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players.“Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho orchestrates from the touchline, but his former club Chelsea won the FA Cup final on Saturday© AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 19 – Jose Mourinho claimed Chelsea didn’t deserve to win the FA Cup after adopting a cautious approach in the second half of their 1-0 victory against Manchester United on Saturday.Mourinho was frustrated that Chelsea opted to sit back and defend the lead secured by Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty at Wembley.
Harry Redknapp believes Chelsea will be losing an invaluable player in the dressing room at the end of the season when John Terry leaves the club.The player, 35, has decided to exit Stamford Bridge once the current campaign finishes and his contract runs out.But Redknapp reckons the centre-back still has value as an experienced leader and should have been kept on by the Blues for another year, even if he wasn’t playing week in, week out.He told Drivetime: “John Terry is the finest captain, along with Tony Adams, since Bobby Moore, in the English game.“He’ll be a massive loss when he leaves Chelsea. Eventually it’s got to come to an end. He can’t play forever but I think he’s such a leader and such a winner [he could play on].“The lad Kurt Zouma has come into the team and been playing alongside him, learning the game and learning off of John. It’s invaluable even if he doesn’t play every week next year.“At least the young players in the team [can learn from him]. He’s a talker, he’s an organiser, he could teach the young lads so much about the game.”And, in the future, Redknapp believes Terry could eventually take charge of Chelsea.“I don’t see why John couldn’t [be a manager],” he added.“Given the opportunity and with the right people around him, someone like Ray Wilkins to work alongside him and help him through his first managerial job.“I don’t see why he couldn’t manage Chelsea, personally.”
Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office show a huge boost in tourism during 2017, with almost 3 million trips made to the Emerald Isle between April and June this year.Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion. 2,769,000 trips were made to Ireland between April and June this year, an increase from the 2,599,000 trips made in the same period last year.Most tourists come from Britain, the USA and Canada, and mainland Europe.Tourists are staying for a slightly shorter amount of time, as on average tourists stayed for 6.7 nights last summer, and stayed 6.6 nights this summer.The total earnings from tourism and travel has increased by a massive 13.4% between last summer and this summer, increasing from €1,655 million to €1,876 million. Tourists are spending more, as when fares are excluded the total expenditure increased from €1,261 million to €1,408 million. There has been an increase in Irish residents going abroad for a holiday, 2,119,000 trips were made outside of Ireland this summer compared to 1,975,000 trips last year. Irish people spent an average of 6.8 nights abroad this summer, down slightly from 7.1 nights in the same period last year.However Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, is concerned about the decrease in the amount of Britons holidaying in Ireland due to Brexit.“The decline in visitor numbers from Britain continues to be a real concern. The fall in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors and, at the same time, made Britain more affordable for visitors from many of our top markets,” he said.“While we can see the impact of currency changes in today’s CSO results, which confirm a decline of -6% in British visitors in the first half of the year, revenue from the market has held up somewhat better.“This year, Tourism Ireland has placed greater focus on ‘culturally curious’ visitors from Britain, who stay longer and spend more, because they are less impacted by currency fluctuations. However, competitiveness and value for money messages are more important than ever right now,” he added. “Earlier this week, we announced Tourism Ireland’s extensive autumn campaign, to promote late season holidays and boost travel into the early part of 2018. On the back of an increasingly strong access picture, we are rolling out a really comprehensive promotional programme around the world. We are working in close co-operation with industry partners across the island of Ireland, as well as with a wide range of international tour operators and with major air and sea carriers.“Next month, I will also lead another delegation of Irish tourism industry leaders to London for roundtable meetings with key players in the British travel trade. We will discuss how Tourism Ireland and the tourism industry can best respond to the challenges posed by Brexit as we plan for 2018 and beyond,” he concluded.Figures show boost in tourism this summer, but Brexit remains a concern was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Brexitniall gibbonstourismTourism Ireland
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorARLINGTON, Va. (DTN) — As USDA opens its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, a mix of reports show steady land values holding up against lower farm income and a poor long-term outlook.In a forecast released last week, USDA sees net cash income for agriculture remaining relatively flat over the next decade as expenses steadily rise and income for crops and livestock fails to keep pace. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve highlighted farmers’ economic stress in an update last week, suggesting more farm operations are at risk of “throwing in the towel.”USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson will detail the crop production and livestock outlook for 2019 on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, along with the agriculture ministers of Canada and Mexico, will then hold a joint session to likely tout the prospects of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.The export opportunities for some crops look stunted at the moment. Ashley Hungerford of the USDA Office of the Chief Economist told leaders in the crop-insurance industry this week in San Diego that soybean stocks-to-use ratios are now so high that USDA has projected it will take several years to “unwind” or sell off those stocks, which means soybean prices are likely to be low.Hungerford pointed out that the stocks-to-use ratio was only 5% when China imposed the tariffs on U.S. farm products and is now about 20%.The forecast, factoring in current tariffs on soybeans, showed the U.S. is expected to export 2.08 billion bushels of soybeans, or 35.5% of the world market, in the 2019-20 crop year. By 2028, the U.S. could be exporting as much as 2.18 bb, but the U.S. market share will drop to 31.5% of the global market. While U.S. exports will bump up 100 million bushels, Brazil’s soybean exports will grow by 612 mb.NO ROSY PICTUREJohn Heisdorffer, an eastern Iowa farmer and chairman of the American Soybean Association, noted, “There’s no rosy picture out there, is there?” But Heisdorffer added there are at least talks between the U.S. and China going on right now.“It’s not to say China is the whole thing that is going to bring the ag economy back together, I don’t think, but at least there is talk and negotiations happening,” he said.Heisdorffer added, “I know there’s going to be a certain amount of trade we will never get back or recover from China. Once you go to somewhere else for a product, it’s just hard to get it all back.”Some recent reports out of regional Federal Reserve districts show the farm economy is stressed, but land values overall remain steady. More than half the lenders responding to a survey in the Minneapolis Fed district reported farm income fell in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago, while 10% of lenders reported income increases. The Ninth Federal Reserve District out of Minneapolis serves six states: Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.The strength of recent harvests has helped farm incomes, but the Minneapolis Fed cited some lenders are worried about the luck running out on high production. “A year of average yields with current commodity pricing would be very detrimental to our area’s farm operations,” a Minnesota banker commented.ECONOMIC STRESS RISING“We are seeing the economic stress rising significantly,” said a rural banker in Minnesota. “Producers are dealing with multiple years of economic pressure, and we are seeing more operations ‘throwing in the towel.’”The Tenth District, also known as the Kansas City Fed, cited last week that land values have dipped slightly, about 3%, for irrigated and non-irrigated cropland in the district, while values for pastureland have gone up slightly. Demand for farmland remains high for the district, which includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Farmland sales overall are down in the district, but they did increase in Kansas and Nebraska during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier.Farm income in the Tenth District declined for the sixth straight year, as well, and bankers in that district expect farm income to remain weak in the first quarter of 2019. Bankers reported overall lower capital spending compared to a year earlier, and about 30% of bankers said their farmer customers were cutting back household spending as well.LIQUIDITY AFFECTEDThe Kansas City Fed survey also reported that constant volume of farm loans is affecting liquidity a little more. The survey reported 15% of banks cited lower availability of loan funds compared to 9% a year earlier.In the Seventh Federal Reserve District out of Chicago, farmland values remained steady in the fourth quarter of 2018. That district includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, most of Michigan and the eastern two-thirds of Wisconsin. For 2018, farmland values did not rise or fall in most of the district, except for a 1% land value drop in Iowa for the year.Heisdorffer said he hasn’t seen a lot of outright land sales in his area of Iowa, but he has seen an increase in machinery auctions, which indicates to him that at least some farmers are giving up high-priced rented ground, or scaling back other acreage.“There sure are a lot more farm sales than there were,” Heisdorffer said. “Some of them are just machinery and I take that as somebody is downsizing just a bit. But I do see a lot of sales going on, a lot more than I have seen in the past couple of years. So that tells me things are tightening up.”LAND VALUES HOLDING UPFarmers National Co. noted in January that land values “have held up surprisingly well over the past few years despite lower commodity prices and much lower farm incomes compared to five years ago.” The land company said there was still a slow supply of land for sale and cash rents remain stronger than expected. Still, the company said it saw an increase in land sales over the past year.“At Farmers National Company, we are seeing an uptick in our land sales as more families and inheritors want to sell now,” said Randy Dickhut, senior vice president of real estate operations. “Within our 28-state service area, we are also seeing more landowners coming to us to market and sell their land as evidenced by our volume of land for sale increasing 21%. These landowners are just deciding now is the time to sell and capture today’s price.”Minneapolis Fed Agricultural Credit Conditions Survey: https://www.minneapolisfed.org/…Kansas City Fed: Farmland Values Stable, but Risks to Outlook Remain: https://www.kansascityfed.org/…Chicago Federal Reserve AgLetter: https://www.chicagofed.org/…**Editor’s note: DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom contributed to this article.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Guest author Don Marti is a technical marketing manager at Perforce, and a Git user since 2007.Key parts of the America Invents Act (AIA), which passed in 2011, came into effect on March 16, 2013. These changes in U.S. patent law can help all companies that use software to protect themselves from patent trolls — those annoying boiler-room operations that shake down software developers and users for software patent licenses without actually producing anything with the patents they own.(See also A Patent Troll By Any Other Name Still Stinks.)Fortunately, many of the best practices for tracking new versions of software and other digital assets can also help protect you against patent trolls. It’s a good time to talk to your lawyer about a defensive strategy, and to connect that strategy to your version control and deployment systems to make sure you’re collecting and retaining all of the information that could help you under this new law.Understanding Prior ArtThe AIA has a lot of changes, starting with the expansion of what counts as prior art. Prior art is any public information that shows the patented invention was not original. Patent examiners were always supposed to take prior into account when granting a patent in the first place. However, especially in the software field, the understaffed and overworked patent office misses a lot of details.Sometimes the patent system’s definition of an invention does not match our own idea of what’s new or inventive. Take for instance the System and method for providing reservations for restroom use. In this case, the U.S. Patent database granted a patent for queuing up for the restroom on airplanes. For every silly patent that makes headlines there are many others that could threaten your business.Track Your WorkPatents also cover the use of components in combination. You will need to document not just what you wrote and when, but what combination was ultimately deployed. And since you can’t tell what will get a patent, you need to keep a good version history of everything — code, deployment data and the text and media assets that go with it.Fortunately, creating prior art ties in with many typical work tasks, such as participating in open source projects, running a development blog and publishing online documentation. How you track software releases and fix bugs can also be a low-pain way to publish prior art.Implement Litigation AlternativesWhat happens when the patent office misses some prior art and issues a patent anyway? That’s where a second change in the law comes in. Post-grant challenges are, according to attorney Michael Bednarek, “a quick, low-cost alternative to litigation.”If a bogus patent in your field is issued, you’ll be able to challenge it at the Patent Office directly with a simpler process than would be required in court. Although it might seem like a lot of work, industry organizations such as the Linux Foundation could play a major role by tracking patents as they are issued and in organizing efforts to challenge patents that threaten their members. Nobody wants to take on this time-consuming cleanup work alone.(See also How Patent Trolls Use Economies Of Scale To Force Settlements.)Prove A Prior-User DefenseThe AIA gives you one last defense. Under the old law, a new patent could potentially take away your right to do something that you had already been doing, if you didn’t file for your own patent or otherwise made it public. Now, if a troll comes after you for something you made “commercial use” of before a patent was issued, you may be protected by the new prior-user defense, which lets you rely on your own non-public uses. If you have a solid history that shows not only the innovation process but the production date, it can help significantly. The prior-user defense is harder than using public prior art, though, so it’s still better to make things public when you can.Still More To DoThere’s still more work to be done on the software patent problem. The proposed SHIELD Act is a good example of another way to deter trolls by making them pay legal fees if they lose. Supporters believe this would reduce the incentive to bring nuisance patent lawsuits. In the meantime, software developers get quite a bit of help from the new AIA law — especially if they keep histories of all their work and when it was used, publish it defensively when possible, and work together to challenge anyone who seeks bogus patents.(See also Why The New SHIELD Bill Can’t Stop Patent Abuse.) 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… don marti Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#developers#enterprise#patent troll#Patents#Software Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes
Ryan Matthew Pierson Tags:#autonomous cars#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Waymo For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Researchers out of the University of Michigan believe they have developed a process by which autonomous cars can be tested thoroughly in a fraction of the time. In fact, their proposal would reduce autonomous car testing time by as much as 99%.Autonomous cars are coming, but how soon depends on factors like regulation, development, and testing. Testing is one of the most time-consuming steps in the process of innovation and going to market with an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle.See also: New study shows even just a few driverless cars really helpsRegulatory red tape aside, it takes a long time to test autonomous vehicles. Google, one of the early innovators in self-driving car technology has logged over 3 million miles during its extensive testing period has been going on for years. Last year, Google’s self-driving car project received a new name, Waymo.This 3 million miles of testing doesn’t include the over 1 billion miles that have been logged on Waymo’s virtual testing simulator during 2016 alone.For anyone keeping count, that’s a lot of testing. In an industry where sub-par testing can have catastrophic consequence, cutting corners is not an option.A new testing processIn an Mcity white paper published by the University of Michigan, a team of researchers have developed what they believe is a far more efficient way to test autonomous vehicles.The proposed approach to testing would reduce the amount of testing needed by a factor of 300 to 100,000 so that an automated vehicle driven for 1,000 test miles can yield the equivalent of 300,000 to 100 million miles of real-world driving.Where current autonomous vehicle testing occurs during real-world driving which is largely uneventful, the car’s ability to respond to critical scenarios only come around once every 100,000 miles of driving. That’s a lot of wasted miles from a data standpoint.Instead, this process would subject vehicles to worst-case scenarios more rapidly and in a controlled environment. By breaking down difficult real-world driving situations into components that can be tested or simulated repeatedly, researchers can better uncover any problem areas that need to be addressed.By creating repeatable modules, the team believes they can yield as much actionable data as would be collected in 100,000 miles of driving in just 1,000 miles.They need to be nearly humanThe paper’s authors state that an autonomous vehicle needs to be at least 90% safer than the typical human driver for us to accept them on our roadways in mass. That takes a lot of research and testing. At the current pace, that level of confidence would be achieved after 11 billion miles of testing. That would take over a decade to complete.By evaluating the data already collected from 25 million miles of real-world testing, the researchers have compiled a series of modular tests which they believe will cut the required testing time down by as much as 99%.For folks eagerly anticipating the day when they can kick back and watch Netflix while their car drives them to work, this is good news. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…