first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s successor had long been discussed by US authorities, way before she obtained her second term mandate from the Liberian people. It appears former Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, whose recent resignation in the US sparked debates in Liberia, had long been tipped by leading US government officials to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2018, according to WikiLeaks.WikiLeaks is an international, non-profit, journalistic organization, that publishes secret information such as news leaks and classified media from anonymous sources around the world. The leaked WikiLeaks documents, which emanated from former US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield, in 2009, said that the US Diplomat, who is now the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the US State Department, stated: “Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan could well be seasoned enough by 2018 for a presidential run.”In the classified report titled, “Who Will Succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Ambassador Greenfield told her superiors in Washington that the names of several Liberians have been revealed to replace President Sirleaf, but that the former Foreign and Finance Minister would be well-groomed enough by 2018 to ascend the helm of authority. In her classified report, which was de-classified by WikiLeaks, Madam Greenfield said she and others at the US Embassy in Monrovia heard rumors that Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai himself was considering running to replace President Sirleaf in 2017.In her assessment of VP Boakai, Greenfield said: “Boakai, who was chosen by Sirleaf to balance her ticket geographically and ethnically, has not been a true Unity Party insider. He has done a credible job as President of the Senate; he and his wife, Mrs. Kartumu Boakai, are known for their philanthropy.” She also mentioned the name of Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who, according to her, should he decide to run, and the VP decides to back off, would get the VP’s support because both of them are related and are from Lofa County.However, in her assessment report back in 2009, Greenfield singled out Mr. Ngafuan, who was then Minister of Finance, saying that though his ability to take on entrenched interests at the Ministry of Finance was an open question, “During our conversation, he showed a sharp understanding of the importance of improving internal operations and reducing opportunities for rent-seeking.“Ngafuan’s intentions to improve operations at Ministry of Finance should complement our efforts, from improving tax administration to streamlining customs and the ports. It is likely his appointment reflects the President’s realization that internal housekeeping is necessary if poverty reduction initiatives are to succeed.” Ambassador Greenfield also stated that the Bureau of Budget, which Mr. Ngafuan headed before being moved up to the Minister of Finance position, had been a Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program’s (GEMAP) “success story” and that “Ngafuan has been a strong proponent and example of greater government transparency.”It must be noted, however, that these assessments of Mr. Ngafuan and others were made back in 2009 by former US Ambassador Greenfield. It is not certain whether the US government still holds this view of Mr. Ngafuan and others named in the WikiLeaks US Embassy Monrovia cable.Mr. Ngafuan, however, is still tight lipped on whether he intends to run for the presidency come 2017 or one of the posts of representative. However, in his first radio interview since returning from the US, where he announced his resignation from the Unity Party-led government, Mr. Ngafuan stated: “The only thing that should surprise Liberians is if they don’t see me as a candidate in the election. The only thing that should surprise Liberians is if they don’t see me as a candidate vying for the highest office.” This is the closest he has come to categorically stating which post he wants to run for in 2017.Ngafuan resigned in the US while attending the United Nations General Assembly early this month. His resignation, which he announced in a press statement on October 2, has sparked heated debates in various sectors of Liberian society. Some have criticized him for resigning while on foreign soil, while others have said it should be up to the individual to resign wherever and whenever the person chooses to. During the radio interview, he stated that he didn’t resign in Liberia because he never wanted to distract the President’s attention from major activities that she was participating in at the United Nations General Assembly.According to him, had he resigned in Liberia, the President would have been responding to inquiries from every foreign friend and partner. He clarified that in his discussion with the President, “She understood the rationale and gracefully accepted my resignation.”His reason for resigning from the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government is to be a participant in the 2017 Presidential and General Elections and being “a respecter of the law,” which calls for the resignation two years prior to the elections of any official of government who may want to contest in 2017. He has accordingly stepped down from office. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgResidents in parts of West Donegal have been without water in recent days – and some homes have not had water since Saturday.The community of Mín Doire Dhamh in Gaoth Dobhair has been struggling without water for the past three days.Doire Chonaire, Machaire Rabhartaigh and Glaise Chú have also been affected by outages. One Montessori in Machaire Rabhartaigh did not get their supplies restored until this morning.Irish Water crews have been working on the burst water main in Mín Doire Dhamh today and expect to have supplies restored by 2pm.Local Councillor Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easpuig said he has called for an emergency meeting with Irish Water on the issue.“Irish Water refuse to meet on request,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said. “These issues are a clear indication of the failure of the previous governments to invest into water infrastructure. Especially at the time of the so-called Celtic Tiger, when there was a surplus of money, they were ignorant to the needs of the infrastructure, or they actually didn’t care. “What needs to happen now is huge investment needs to be made into water infrastructure.“In the best interests of the community, the State needs to return the water service so the Council can deliver,” he said.  West Donegal residents hit by lengthy water outages was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgIn the era of digital transformation, IoT is fostering the forthcoming revolution in mobile apps. It is changing the way companies used to provide mobile app development services. Similar to mobile apps, applications of IoT are also emerging in almost every verticles. IoT has helped thousands of corporates to deliver extraordinary customer experiences by providing technological enhancements to existing mobile apps.Experts predict that IoT is going to become a more significant player in the mobile app development business than it is right now. Bain predicts that the market share of IoT is going to increase more than double in 2021 with a staggering $520 billion compared to 4 years back in 2017 with $235 billion. Shortly, IoT is going to drive the trends of mobile app development services providers used to follow. Below are the new trends we can expect in IoT enabled mobile apps.Enhancement in the Number of Connected DevicesThe number of connected devices in increasing day after day. According to Statista, the growth in the number of connected devices is growing exponentially. It predicts that there are going to be 75.44 billion connected devices in 2025 which is almost three times of the number of connected devices in 2019: 26.66 billion. Mobile apps are going to play a significant role in connected devices as a majority of the connected devices will be mobile phones itself. As the sales of smartphones are increasing the number of connected devices are also growing. Increase in InteroperabilityBack in the early ’90s, there was a lack of clarity about which protocols and standards should be used to create IoT systems as there were too many of them. Although, the number of communication protocols and standards have increased the standardization has also been done by several institutions.Standardization of protocols has helped mobile app development services providers to build IoT enabled mobile apps faster. Now, since the standardization has been done right, experts are trying to figure out how to create an IoT system which is compatible with both current and future standards. Once this is figured out, mobile app development services providers will be able to implement interoperability to its full capacity by merely integrating an API with their old IoT mobile app.App Security will IncreaseIoT has always been prone to hackers because of the confusion in standards and protocols. Now, as the standardization is done, companies are shifting their attention to enhance the security of IoT mobile apps. Endpoints in any IoT network are the most vulnerable points to get hacked. With the increase in data security breaches and cybercrime, the opportunities for IoT mobile app development services providers are also increasing. Some of the custom app development companies have already changed their business model from developing apps to securing IoT mobile apps made by themselves as well as other development firms.Data-driven Mobile App DevelopmentData is at the core of IoT. Connected devices produce a lot of data. We can also make them handle data coming from other sources. For example, ERP and CRM integrated enterprise apps generate a lot of data which is very important to organize. Connected devices will perform various actions that will organize data in such a way that it’ll start making sense and help enterprises to make better organizational decisions.As the enterprise mobile apps will get better the necessity of creating an enterprise app will also increase. And hence, the concept of data-driven mobile app development will predominate. Artificial Intelligence and IoTArtificial intelligence has become a thriving technology. A technology that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Same is the case with IoT. Both IoT and AI are data-driven technologies. They both deal with a lot of data. Both technologies are used to store and analyze data. Integrating IoT and AI will help us gain better and accurate insights into various services. Bringing AI and IoT together will make the process of automation more efficient. Machine Learning is Going to RuleSimilar to AI, Machine Learning, is yet another facilitator of automation. Machine Learning is widely used in Chatbots and Voice Bots. It has helped a lot of enterprises and startups to connect with their customers 24/7 without any human intervention. Using Apple’s Core ML and Google’s ML Kit we can create apps that’ll make connected devices smarter and more efficient in finishing various tasks.The reason why AI and ML are going to rule the world is that they help us not only to remain in touch with the world all the time but also, improves productivity in to do our routine tasks. They have helped to automate a majority of the human tasks in various industries. Consumer-centric Industrial IoT will prevailIoT mobile app development services providers are evolving to deliver customer-centric IoT mobile applications. These apps will place a consumer in the center of everything. Entrepreneurs are implementing consumer IoT in the workplace to increase the productivity of the employees. The concept of consumer IoT is also aiding the smart city program running in various countries. This program aims to make the lives of people simpler and make our cities more energy efficient.Integration of IoT in Crypto-currencyIt is evident that IoT is pretty good at handling data. So, it’s high time now that we merge two of the most popular emerging technologies: IoT and Blockchain. The reason why we need to integrate IoT and Blockchain is that it will solve the longest running problem of security in connected devices. The high-security protocols of Blockchain will help govern the communication of data in various connected devices. AR, VR and Connected DevicesAR and VR have become two of the most popular technologies in the corporate world right now. The applications of AR and VR are widespread. We combined both the technologies and created Mixed Reality. How about connecting both of them with IoT? Doing so will help us achieve a new feat in automation. Smart connected devices will be able to deliver immersive experiences to the users. IoT and AR/VR will open new possibilities for enterprises to attract customers by arranging various marketing events and consumer-facing sessions. The Rise of Industry Independent IoT Mobile App DevelopmentEarlier when IoT wasn’t a buzzword, its applications were limited to specific industries. Since its inception, IoT was limited to a few sectors such as consumer retail and aerospace and armed forces. The first consumer-facing application of IoT was designed by John Romkey who turned a toaster on and off using the Internet with TCP/IP networking. Today, if we look at the applications of IoT, we can see that they are not only spread across various verticals but also connected across industries. Enterprises are leveraging this inter-industrial IoT to deliver excellent consumer experiences, streamline supply-chain management and simplify tasks for employees. The applications of IoT in businesses is going to increase with time.Efficient Mobile App DevelopmentAs we all know that “Automation” is the pseudonym for IoT. It has helped a plethora of companies and individuals to simplify various tasks. The lesser known fact is that it also helps mobile app developers to reduce development time. It means that the enterprises looking to develop apps from IoT mobile app development services providers will be able to spend less than their estimated amount. IoT helps developers to reduce development time by reducing their effort to test the app created by them. Developers can utilize the extra time to build more apps or enhance features in the existing apps.Deliver Personalized User ExperienceThe data collected using IoT networks can be used to deliver personalized experiences to users of a particular mobile app. As seen earlier, machine learning and IoT helps us to create smart apps. These apps can learn by themselves. So, as a user will use the app, it’ll get more intelligent and will be able to deliver personalized user experiences. The more an app will be used more personalized it will get over time. Efficacy of Apps will IncreaseIn today’s world, mobile app development services providers are in a constant worry about the robustness of the app they had developed. Mobile apps need upgrade and support for application even after the deployment. If apps do not get required support post-launch, then the apps might become device dependent. It means that it’ll run only on old devices and operating systems.IoT helps mobile app development services providers to connect their app with other devices that’ll provide support to their app. This way IoT will help existing mobile apps to increase their adaptability and efficacy. The Rise of Developers with Enhanced SkillsIoT is a booming concept in today’s world. The requirement of IoT mobile app development services providers and developers will increase in the upcoming years. But, as the technology is spreading not only horizontally but also vertically, we’ll need specialized developers who will have in-depth knowledge of a specific domain in IoT mobile app development. This will require the existing IoT mobile app developers to learn new skills and possibly new languages as well.ConclusionIoT has great potential to bring revolutionary changes in current mobile app development trends. It is going to open up immense possibilities for everyone related to this field. Whether it is a mobile app development services provider or it is a product based firm or an enterprise. Directly or Indirectly, IoT is going to drive the future of all industries, businesses, and individuals. Follow the Puck Tags:#IoT#mobile app development Sagar holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at Credencys Solutions Inc., a Mobile App Development Company. He is responsible for all the technical operations, as well as leading the company’s revolutionary offerings. He is helping companies navigate the Digital journey in an Agile environment. Share your app idea at sagar@credencys.com.Sagar has two main areas of focus – Technology and Processes. He has worked in leadership positions in various Fortune 500 companies and has been instrumental in driving success through digital transformation. He is also an enthusiastic Agile Coach. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sagar SharmaCTO @Credencys Solutions Inc. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgManchester City will not extend the contracts of defenders Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, midfielder Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the quartet will leave the club during the summer, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.Caballero, Navas and Sagna made 16 or fewer league starts for City in the season that finished on Sunday, while the 31-year-old Clichy started 24 games.”I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly,” the 34-year-old Sagna told the club’s website (www.mancity.com)”From the first day I arrived, everyone at the club has made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful to them,” the 35-year-old Caballero said.Navas, 31, saw his playing opportunities diminish in his fourth season at the club as fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola led the side to a third-place finish in his debut campaign.last_img read more