U.S.-Based Liberian Journalist Joins War Crimes Court Advocacy

first_imgJournalist Wade William: “Weah needs to take a strong stand.”A Liberian female journalist in the United States has joined the race to pursue the establishment of a war crimes court in the country, and has, therefore, challenged President George Weah to take a strong stand that would be in the interest of the state instead of individuals.Ms. Wade Williams, an advocate for women’s rights in the media, told this paper on October 4, 2018, through telephone conversation and Facebook message, that she believes President Weah’s claiming to be neutral in the Liberian conflict stands a better chance to make a decision that would bring justice to survivors of the war to end impunity.Being a woman who has interacted with scores of female victims of the war and reported on their ordeals, Ms Williams said many Liberian women who were raped during the war are still living in fear arising from psychosocial depression, and the only way they can be relieved of the pains they are enduring is to see the perpetrators named and shamed for their evil deeds.“It is inconceivable that in a country where many women and children were raped, tortured and maimed by rebel factions for almost two decades no one will answer for these crimes; it is an affront to justice and basic human decency that no one will answer for the atrocities committed during the Liberian Civil War,” Ms Williams said.She emphasized that the over 250,000 people killed in cold blood and thousands of women and children raped need justice, and that President Weah, who campaigned for change and is now at the head of the government, should without compromise take a strong stance that would meet this popular demand of the Liberian people and the international community.She, like others who have expressed similar views earlier, believes that there can be no genuine peace in Liberia if justice is trampled upon, and that the Weah Administration might fail the Liberian people if the President refuses to institute justice to end impunity in the country.In recent days, U.S. Congressman Daniel Donavan has been championing a resolution calling for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final recommendations and the establishment of an extraordinary court to prosecute people who bear the greatest responsibility in the atrocities committed during the war.Once it is passed, the resolution, which is now before the U.S. Congress, will put pressure on the George Weah Administration to establish the court.“We welcome the fact that we have international partners who are pushing for justice on our behalf.  Sierra Leone did it; Liberia can do it, and we need to put an end to the decadence that continues in our country,” Ms. Williams added.Prior to joining the advocacy for the establishment of a war crimes court, Wade Williams and some other Liberian journalists in the United States visited the U.S. Congress, putting forward their request before the U.S. Government to help bring justice to the people of Liberia.The journalists were concerned that warlords and perpetrators of crimes were injecting fear in survivors by threatening the peace in order to perpetuate themselves in power, while others were also using the same method to win votes and occupy prestigious public positions.At the time, President George Weah served as a UNICEF Ambassador and proposed the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia. But having taken over the country as President, he has been skeptical in the establishment of the court and has promised to engage in public dialogues to consolidate reconciliation.But survivors and victims of the war continue to come out with a call for the establishment of a war crimes court.One of those to speak to the Daily Observer was David Moore of Bomi County, who narrated that rebels of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) killed his brothers while some of his sisters were raped.He said the failure of the Weah Administration to allow the establishment of a war crimes court will lead him to failure and that will invite a curse on the country.While President Weah was addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York recently, Liberians living in New York converged near the UN Headquarters to register their concern for justice and an end to impunity through a peaceful demonstration.About a week ago, Human Rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe said warlords and perpetrators of war crimes have used fear tactics to intimidate survivors and victims of the war, but now it is time that advocates return the fear to the warlords and perpetrators because fear itself is a form of justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgWhere: Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road General: Classical Heroines in Literature What: This program celebrates women in history and literature as part of National Women’s History Month. Moving from Chekhov to Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Strindberg, Turgenev and Moliere, women characters in classical literature will be portrayed, with special attention given to relationships with other women, men and society. The characters will be performed by Stephanie Nash. For information, call the Valencia Library at (661) 259-8942. When: 2-3 p.m. Where: Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Today Charity: Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser What: The Valencia Car Wash will sponsor a two-day fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. All customers identified as friends and supporters of the club will pay the full $10.99 charge for the carwash, which will be rebated back to the organization. To receive a fundraising flyer, please send an e-mail to judy@scvbgc.org. When: Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday Music: High school students sing the oldies What: High school singers who like the spotlight and have the skills to perform have been coached by the local Harmony Hills Chorus and will compete with other local quartets in this eighth annual barbershop contest. These talented young singers bring their energy and talent to perform songs that are lively, fun and have joyful lyrics and melodies that ring with the heart-warming chords from simpler times. Admission is free. When: 7 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus Tuesday Health: Talk and tea with Ronda B. Posted by: Kaiser Permanente What: “Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit” will be discussed by Dr. Jonathan Scott, internal medicine. Meet in the second-floor Conference Rooms 1 & 2 in the Main Clinic Building. Please RSVP to Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Last-minute attendees are welcome and a continental breakfast will be included. When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Where: Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia Day Activities: Princess Party What: Come and enjoy princess stories, play games, and learn how to become a princess. Call (661) 259-8942. When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Meetings: Historical Veterans Memorial Committee What: Come be a part of history and honor our veterans. We need your input and help in planning the future of the Historical Veterans Plaza in downtown Newhall. We meet at the Senior Center in Newhall the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please call Pam Hogan at 661-251-7870. When: 7-8 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Senior Center, 24900 Market St. Newhall Thursday Classes: Help for families of mentally ill What: A 12-week series of classes covering information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communications techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self care around worry and stress. The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is free, but registration is required in advance. For more information or to register, call (661) 269-1425 or (661) 951-1757. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Saturday General: The Soldiers Project What: Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82, and the American Legion Post 507 are pleased to present Judith Broder and Barbara Schochet of The Soldiers Project. Broder and Schochet will be discussing the free counseling services aimed at active and veteran military personnel who have participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and their extended families, as well as for families who have lost a loved one. For information, contact bluestarcanyons@yahoo.com. When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: American Legion Hall, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall Nightlife: Las Vegas Cabaret Take a trip to Vegas without leaving Santa Clarita! Come to the Canyon Theatre Guild’s annual Cabaret fundraiser and enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun. Elvis, Marilyn, Frank, Sammy, Dean, Totie, Rodney…. you thought they were gone forever, but they’re back for one night only at the Las Vegas Cabaret. The theatre will be transformed into a Casino and Night Club with a full bar, dinner, casino games and a live variety and comedy show. Dancing to a live band after the show. Tickets start at $40 and there are tables on the stage available for $150 per person. Remember: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Call (661) 799-2702 now for reservations. Where: Canyon Theatre Guild 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall read more

Idled workers rally as Hollywood strike heads into sixth week

first_imgThe Hollywood strike is rewriting the holidays for idled workers. With her income pinched, script supervisor Petra Jorgensen canceled an annual trip to Europe to see relatives. Set decorator Laura Richarz is bypassing pricey malls and fashioning gifts at home – framing photos, sewing a shirt for her niece. With the holidays under way and the strike entering a sixth week, “It’s going to be bleak for a lot of families,” said Jorgensen, who’s living off her savings. The two were among hundreds of out-of-work employees and their supporters who marched down Hollywood Boulevard Sunday to call for a resumption of talks to settle the strike, which has sidelined many prime-time and late-night TV shows. Negotiations collapsed Friday between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with the sides pointing fingers at each other. Studios believe they can hold out for months – a stalemate that could impact the regional economy along with the entertainment industry. Hollywood contributes an estimated $30 billion annually to the Los Angeles County economy. Diana Valentine, a script supervisor for the FX drama “Nip/Tuck,” said she’d been off the job since Nov. 21 and her husband is an out-of-work actor. She said both sides need to be talking. “You cannot come up with a deal if people are walking away from the table,” she said. Without a paycheck soon, “I’m going to have to start renting out parts of my house.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The march Sunday was intended to draw attention to the financial plight of workaday Hollywood – those employees whose jobs depend on ongoing productions, from caterers to set builders to hair stylists. With shows silenced, they too are struggling. Marchers expressed growing frustration with the on-again, off-again talks, and fingers were pointed at producers and union writers. A central issue has been compensation for new-media distribution of work by guild members. Pam Elyea, whose Los Angeles company, History for Hire, provides props for TV and movies, was forced her to lay off six employees as expected work evaporated. If the walkout continues, she said, more could follow. “I’m disappointed in both sides,” Elyea said. The writers guild represents 12,000 members but not all are on strike. About 2,000 news writers and others are covered under a separate contract.last_img

Church mourns mystery baby

first_img “Your innocent face made a place in our hearts forever.” – Alyssa Lopez “God, watch over Therese Rose and take care of her. She was a gift from God and made a difference in the world.” – Alice Gomez Reggie Hargens of Los Angeles, the last to leave the funeral, used a cane to shuffle from the sanctuary. She said Therese Rose touched so many people. “All these people grew in so many ways because of the two hours she was here,” Hargens said, beckoning to the empty pews. “Somehow, everybody was just a little bit better because of her life.” The church named and baptized Therese Rose. All expenses were waived by Pierce Brothers Simone DuBois Mortuary in San Gabriel and Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello. The child rested in a beautiful white casket topped with pink roses and a Teddy bear. Rosie Rodriguez, who attended the funeral with her 11-year-old daughter, said “we all kind of adopted her.” It’s horrible that Therese Rose’s parents would abandon her, Rodriguez said. The feeling among those in the church was that she was all alone with no one to care for her, she said. “She’s not alone,” Rodriguez said. “She has all of us.” Chief Jim Hudson of the Alhambra Police Department said investigators are doing all they can to identify Therese Rose’s parents. At the funeral, while the congregation prayed, sang worship songs and took Communion, undercover officers watched, in hopes that the child’s mother might be in their midst. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALHAMBRA – Father Paul Koenig held back tears Wednesday as he sprinkled holy water and waved incense around a tiny casket. Several times the priest noted to those assembled at St. Therese Catholic Church that this was “no ordinary funeral.” For one, none of the 300 mourners knew the deceased. But they gave her the honor in death she never received in life. The casket – about the size of a bassinet – contained the body of a baby, Therese Rose, who was only hours old when she was abandoned. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88Koenig told the congregation he would traditionally recognize the parents of the deceased at a funeral mass, but again, this was no ordinary gathering. Police believe Therese Rose, her umbilical cord still attached, was tossed over a chain-link fence on Front Street, just east of Fremont Avenue, and fell more than 50 feet to the subterranean railroad tracks below. Her body was found by railroad employees March 12. As police conducted what they’re calling an all-consuming investigation into the homicide, the community mourned. The site on Front Street has become a memorial with candles, flowers and baby clothes. Children at St. Therese Catholic School expressed their sentiments in essays posted in the sanctuary for the funeral. “Therese Rose did not die in vain. She died telling us all that all babies are special in their own way.” – Peter Nuguid last_img

MEETING CALLED AMID FEARS THAT GLENSWILLY/CHURCHILL WATER IS CONTAMINATED

first_imgA public meeting has been called after residents in the Glenswilly and Churchill areas complained their drinking water smells and is turning an unusual colour.Locals fear the water has been contaminated.Now local publican Charlie McClafferty has called a public meeting to discuss the matter. “I have received phonecalls from a lot of people about the water. We need to know what the council is doing about the situation.“There is obviously something wrong and we need to clarify if this water is fit for human consumption which I fear it is not,” said Mr McClafferty.The meeting will take place in McClafferty’s Bar in Churchill at 8pm on Monday next.  MEETING CALLED AMID FEARS THAT GLENSWILLY/CHURCHILL WATER IS CONTAMINATED was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Churchilldonegalglenswillypublican Charlie McClaffertywaterlast_img

HSE LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER ‘SPY’ CAMERA FOUND IN HOSPITAL OFFICE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The HSE has ordered a full investigation after a ‘spy camera’ was found hidden at Letterkenny General Hospital.The hidden camera was found in a box on a shelf at Letterkenny Hospital.The camera, which was hidden in a cardboard box, was located at a maintenance office and allegedly used for security surveillance.The CCTV device has now been decommissioned and an investigation is underway to establish why it was necessary in the first place. Answers are also being sought about how long it was in place and if members of staff at the hospital have been compromised.The camera was hidden on a shelf with a hole cut out of the cardboard box to spy on staff.The HSE has confirmed the operation of the secret camera operation to the Tirconail Tribune. They were responding to queries after a whistleblower raised the confidential issue with the paper.The controversy over the unauthorised monitoring of one sector of staff has been described as a very serious incident that has breached their basic human rights. Serious issues of confidentiality in the workplace also remain to be answered according to workers at the hospital. This incident has led to worrying concerns about what other covert operations might be taking place at the general hospital or on HSE properties in Donegal.Letterkenny General HospitalStaff have expressed concerns that their rights to privacy have been seriously compromised and they are now waiting for further clarification from hospital management.The issue is also being raised with the Minister for Health in the Dail in the coming week.A spokesperson for the HSE said that the CCTV camera incident has been the subject of a recent inquiry and a final report is being submitted to hospital management.The CCTV camera was removed on March 25th. They have not confirmed for how long it was in place or why it was deemed appropriate to have this kind of surveillance undertaken in the first instance. The HSE confirmed that the unauthorised CCTV camera was in a maintenance office and patients and visitors to the hospital were not affected. Who exactly might have been affected has not been specified.The HSE spokesman at Setanta Communications said ‘The staff who work in the office were aware of its presence as they had concerns about access to the office. The Hospital Group has grievance procedures in place and management at Letterkenny General Hospital are available to support any staff who have raised concerns about this incident.”It was reported that workers at the hospital had actually taken photos of the ‘spy camera in a cardboard box’ unaware that their behaviour was also being monitored.Meanwhile Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn of Sinn Fein has tabled a parliamentary question to the Health Minister on the issue. The question reads “To ask the Minister if he is aware of reports that surveillance equipment was illegally used in an office used by maintenance staff at Letterkenny General Hospital; further to reassure staff at Letterkenny General Hospital that their right to privacy in the workplace was not compromised and further to establish that this practice has not occurred anywhere else within the Health system and to ensure that it does not recur?”HSE LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER ‘SPY’ CAMERA FOUND IN HOSPITAL OFFICE was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalHSEletterkenny hospitalspy cameralast_img

COUNCILLOR CALLS ON PEOPLE TO DRIVE OVER OR STAND ON MANHOLES IN WATER DISPUTE

first_imgCllr MacGiolla Easbuig talks to Irish Water workers.A county councillor is encouraging the Donegal public to stand on or drive their cars over manholes to stop Irish water installing meters.Independent councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig made the call after seeing off an Irish water team in West Donegal today.The workers from the GMC Sierra company, who are contracted to Irish Water, called to a number of villages including Meenaleck, Annagry, Crolly and Loughanure in a bid to fit water meters. But Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig stood over the meters and refused to move.The workers called their supervisors who told them to continue working but Councillor MacGiolla Easbuig refused to move.He told the workers he did not want confrontation but was refusing to move.The workers again called their supervisor and he informed the men to move out of the area. The Independent councillor told Donegal Daily he has nothing against the workers but his gripe is with the Government and Irish Water.“I have nothing against these men personally and I appreciate they are only trying to make a living but we are opposed to what they are doing.“I would not condone confrontation and I certainly would not condone violence but I believe people can protest peacefully.“If that means standing on manholes or driving our cars over them to stop this work, then so be it,” he said.Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig said he was encouraging other councillors to take a similar hardline stand against the installation of water meters. “We need to stand together on this issue and the likes of Fianna Fail need to come out and stand by the people and let them know where they stand on this issue.“If we can stop Irish Waters from installing water meters then we can stop them trying to push this charge through on us,” he said.COUNCILLOR CALLS ON PEOPLE TO DRIVE OVER OR STAND ON MANHOLES IN WATER DISPUTE was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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

Kerr, other Warriors to attend Draymond Green’s jersey retirement

first_img Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season ORLANDO — Steve Kerr and several members of the Warriors organization will be in attendance when Draymond Green sees his jersey go into the rafters at Michigan State on Tuesday.Related Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers …last_img

The Zenergy House Retrofit in L.A.

first_imgWhile homeowner anxiety and impatience are almost inevitable side effects of major remodeling projects – including (or perhaps especially) whole-house energy efficiency retrofits – builders, remodelers, and even government agencies have been exploring ways to help homeowners feel at least a little less overwhelmed by the process.One approach, taken recently by Los Angeles-based consulting, auditing, and training firm Residential Energy Assessment Services, is to complete a prototype project that combines the Home Performance with Energy Star program with environmentally sound design and construction. The REAS prototype, called Zenergy House, is being used not only to demonstrate the home’s improved performance but also to help illuminate the steps, in a comprehensive, straightforward way, that homeowners need to take to bring their green retrofit project from audit to design to completion.As GBA Advisor Martin Holladay noted in his roundup of top energy efficiency news stories of the past decade, the Home Performance with Energy Star program, introduced in 2001, is intended to guide homeowners toward contractors in their state who are licensed to perform both energy efficiency audits and retrofits. REAS is a member of the California Building Performance Contractors Association, which is Home Performance with Energy Star’s sole partner in the state and helps both train contractors to perform energy efficiency retrofits and refer homeowners to member contractors. (One of CBPCA’s slogans: “Eat your energy efficiency vegetables before your renewable-energy dessert.”)Old bones, new efficiencyZenergy House, which is located in Studio City and was officially unveiled on April 2, is a transformed 2,450-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, three-bath built in 1950. The REAS audit included blower door and duct blaster tests, and infrared-camera diagnostics, all of which prompted a range of upgrades: replacement of the home’s two three-ton air-conditioning units and two furnaces with a single three-ton cooling unit and combined hydronic heating system; replacement of the original air ducts (which showed 20%-plus leakage) and conditioning of the duct crawl spaces; repair of the leaky roof and sealing and insulation of attic spaces; replacement of inefficient windows with dual-pane, aluminum-clad low-e wood windows; installation of energy efficient appliances, thermally protected light fixtures, and CFL lamps; and installation of a 12-panel solar array with a 2.4 kWh capacity that REAS says brings the home’s performance to net zero energy. Solar also powers the water-heating-and-filtration-pump system for a swimming pool on the property.The upgrade was completed without expanding the home’s original footprint or its single-story design. Tammy Schwolsky, REAS CEO and director of energy efficiency, told GBA in an email that the existing exterior walls have R-13 batt insulation, while the three attic areas were brought up to R-38. The thermal resistance in the inaccessible vaulted roof areas is estimated to be R-19.Even though a few recent retrofits have aimed for the energy efficiency extremes of the Passivhaus performance standard, Zenergy House is helping keep the benefits of the Home Performance with Energy Star program fresh in our minds and, it is hoped, will be source of motivation for homeowners contemplating home-retrofit projects.Schwolsky says REAS has not estimated the overall cost of this “eco-literacy” project, mainly because the number of corporate sponsors that contributed equipment and expertise to the upgrade – 72 companies in all – makes attempting such a calculation with any accuracy unusually difficult.Update: May 1, 2010Shortly after various sources reported on the Zenergy House retrofit, U.K.-based technology news and opinion website The Register presented its own commentary about the project, including a critique of the home’s overall energy efficiency.The Register asked REAS to verify the basic functional characteristics of the building’s hydronic heating system and asked how much gas is used and whether gas usage was factored into the home’s net-zero-energy performance goal. The home uses gas for heating, the stove, clothes dryer, and fireplace. REAS pointed out that the NZE goal applies to the building’s electrical usage only, and that, from December through March (L.A.’s heating season), the home’s gas usage averaged 85 therms a month.The Register then offered the following observations and source links:“Eighty-five therms is the same as 2,491 kilowatt-hours per month. A normal household in the Western USA, according to the US government, uses 77 million British Thermal Units annually – which is the same as 1,881 kilowatt-hours per month. The Zenergy house uses a third more energy than the regional household average, and one may note that by American standards it is by no means large (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms).“Not only is the house not zero-net-energy, read more

Stop Focusing on Cryptocurrencies Problems. Consider its Future.

first_imgTony Scherba is the president and a founding partner of Yeti LLC, a product-focused development and design studio in San Francisco. While critics and proponents trade jabs, cryptocurrency continues its steady march forward.Individual cryptocurrency coins will remain volatile in 2019.The individual cryptocurrencies will remain volatile in 2019 and beyond, but the game-changing power of the technology as a whole can’t be denied. Sure, those trying to make a quick buck in a deregulated market might have clouded the waters recently. But as the crypto landscape takes shape, doubters will see that crypto is destined to succeed.Creating Lasting ValueNew research from Satis Group shows that crypto trading volume will increase by 50 percent this year. That’s enough to overtake the trading volume of corporate debt in the U.S.Short-term coins will come and go, but smart companies will increase their use of crypto for things such as supply chain tracking. These uses of cryptocurrency in other business and commerce settings — and not quick coin exits — will drive long-term value for the currency.Businesses and their leaders should pay more attention to these use cases to discover new ways their organizations can find value in crypto. In the quest to make the best use of emerging technology, the winners are rarely the ones on the sidelines — and the crypto game is no exception.The Bubble Is DeadPeople remembered the big bitcoin crash early in 2018, and they’re now wary of thinly veiled cash grabs hidden behind initial coin offerings (ICOs). Businesses seem to have followed suit. With last year’s market collapse, large companies that previously dipped their toes into the crypto-pool — think Morgan Stanley or Citigroup — have seen those projects stall. In the long term, this deflation of speculative hype is a good thing.The technology behind the coins will stick around, however, and audiences will become more interested in crypto technologies with real-world value and staying power.The bumpy road toward crypto acceptance should surprise no one. It takes time for general audiences to accept any new technologies. Crypto is hazier, perhaps more misleading, but mostly less understood than most other tech fields.As popular as crypto has become, its star applications remain unknown for now. Businesses such as Spot are currently experimenting with new offerings and functions as a gateway into the world of crypto. When the killer use case for crypto comes, many users won’t even know that it’s the technology behind the curtain.Long Live Crypto LawsRegulators are normally slow to move on disruptive tech. With crypto putting so many dollars on the line, though, Washington can’t twiddle its thumbs forever.This year will likely see lawmakers introduce new waves of crypto legislation. If they’re structured properly, new rules could help the industry by pushing bad players out. Good laws will clamp down on sketchy ICOs and clean up some of the suspicions that surround crypto today.Some lawmakers have already begun the process. U.S. Reps. Warren Davidson of Ohio and Darren Soto of Florida introduced the bipartisan Token Taxonomy Act late last year. This Token Taxonomy Act operates to clarify crypto’s exemption from securities laws after it forms a functioning network. The new legislation will also define a “digital token,” paving the way for better laws regarding the technology moving forward.How to Get Ahead of the Crypto HypeWhen advocates tell companies to “get into crypto,” they don’t mean that businesses should start paying employees with Ethereum. Anyone looking to join the crypto movement and get the most out of this business opportunity can follow a few basic guidelines:1. Don’t let the hype get to you.Crypto often makes news because of what it is, not because of what it does.Only understanding what a sector of business leads to tons of speculation and questionable informants using platforms of authority to mislead. Don’t listen to just anyone who claims to be a crypto expert. Those people who claim to be in the know, or who claim to have special expertise are targeting the massive forecasted increase in personal crypto investing this year.As has always been the case in new technological fields — an individual may or may not have any degree of intelligence or insight about how the technology actually works. Don’t get wooed by someone who has memorized some technical jargon.2. Focus on technology, not trading.Crypto and blockchain refer to distributed ledger technology. Essentially, the distributed ledger will allow the creation of secure public records of transactions.The fundamental truth of crypto is not that it’s magic money born of computers; it’s a distributed system of record that can, if applied properly, have beneficial benefits for all of its user in many different sectors of business. The distributed ledger can provide safety for purchasers, where read more