Shareholder agreement being finalized – AG

first_imgLocal law schoolA local law school will be established here in Guyana, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, has said. The Guyana Government plans to go ahead with its plans in this regard, despite several concerns having been raised relative to the process of establishing this law school. Government is now in the process of finalising a shareholders’ agreement in pursuance of this objective.Government had, in January 2017, announced it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government, the Law School of the Americas (LCA), and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC).Several burning concerns were brought to the fore, especially in relation to whether approval was granted by the Council for Legal Education (CLE), and whether the programme was accredited. Former Minister Anil Nandlall’s main concern is whether Guyanese be able to practice law throughout the Caribbean.According to Williams, a recently completed Canadian-funded study into legal education in the region has recommended the establishment of law schools here, Antigua and Jamaica. It also recommended that the CLE serve as a regulatory body, rather than one that manages the day to day affairs of law schools.The minister said he supports these recommendations and it is now left up to the regional Governments to discuss and decide on this matter at the Caribbean Community (Caricom) level. He noted however that this study only helps to bolster Guyana’s request to have a law school established here.“We are confident that we really need a law school,” Williams told the media as he explained the recent increased tuition fees at the Hugh Wooding Law School and the difficulty of having Guyanese students live and study in Trinidad and Tobago also support Guyana’s push in this direction.To substantiate his point, the minister said, “Tuition fees this year have been increased at Hugh Wooding and are now TT$97,000…, well over $3 million (Guyana dollars)…that’s only for tuition, they still have to live and exist in Trinidad.”He also made the point that Trinidad and Barbados churn out at least 200law graduates yearly, while Guyana is allowed to have only 25 or less lawyers trained on an annual basis. Williams noted that with the impending oil and gas sector, Guyana would need more trained and competent lawyers.“…especially at this time, with how Guyana is poised…we would need lawyers to deal with oil and gas, we would need lawyers to deal with the green state and economy. So we have a lot of capacity to build.”Williams is adamant that Guyana has not been refused permission to set up a law school here. As such, preparations are being made to advance this process with the identification of space at the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen campus, where the proposed school would be built.The AG has said, however, that while UG has identified 15 acres of the 150 acres that it has situated close to the area that houses the Forensic Laboratory, the amount would not be sufficient. While the CLE has agreed to establish a law school in Guyana, approval would be granted only after a feasibility study is conducted.Williams had attacked CLE Chairman Reginald Armour for responding to the concerns raised by former Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall without consulting with the current Government on the matter. He said this was one of the reasons why the establishment of this law school was delayed, and it had nothing to do with non-approval.Williams maintains that a Review Committee could not overrule a decision taken by the Council in 2017 in regard to the issue of whether Guyana should be allowed to build a law school.The AG had said members of Guyana’s committee included the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Yonette Cummings-Edwards; Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George; Retired Justices Duke Pollard, Claudette Singh and Rudolph James; Professor Harold Lutchman, and the Registrar of UG, Dr Nigel Gravesande.last_img read more

Turda Salt Mine — Geocache of the Week

first_imgImage by Hujky. SharePrint Related”Arngast” GC1JC94 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 25, 2011April 25, 2011In “Community”Salar de Uyuni GC2M6GC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 26, 2011December 26, 2011In “Community”Pão de Açúcar — Geocache of the WeekApril 12, 2017In “Geocache of the Week” Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Geocaches are powerful. One rough DNF can ruin an otherwise pleasant day, while completing a complex Multi can give you a high that lasts a week. Event caches spark lasting friendships, and EarthCaches allow you to marvel at the majesty of mother nature. This kind of ‘geo-power’ is palpable at Turda Salt Mine GC70CZQ, an awe-inspiring EarthCache deep in Transylvania, and our Geocache of the Week.  Some parts of the mines have been preserved to show what it would have looked like when it was operational. If you look at certain sections closely, you can see parallel streaks in the surface of the walls, evidence of the careful work of miners from long ago. Share with your Friends:More Location: Romania N 46° 35.265′ E 023° 47.236′ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 An EarthCache like this reminds geocachers of how impressive our global game board can be. With its long history, other-worldly beauty, and geological significance, it is no wonder that the Turda Salt Mine is the most Favorited EarthCache in Romania!  Image by elina. Visitors not only have the chance to take a ride on a Ferris wheel or glide across a subterranean lake in a paddleboat, but also to learn fascinating facts about the mine’s particular geology. Although historical documents date the mines back to the 13th century, geology enthusiasts will appreciate a longer timeline by looking at the rock strata. The absolute age of the salt deposits is between 13.4-13.6 million years. The remarkable depth and expanse of the Turda Salt Mine (Salina Turda in Romanian) is the result of hundreds of years of work, dating back to at least the 13th century. Generations of miners extracted salt from the ground until 1932, when it was shut down.  In 1992 the mine was reopened as a tourist attraction and spa center, and in 2010 work was completed on the mine’s amusement park. Today visitors can spend an entire day in and around the mines, playing a game in the underground ping pong courts, taking a dip in the natural salt-water lakes at the entrance to the mines, and feasting their eyes on stalactites and salt deposits.  Image by Discovery Team. Image by JarodBarber. EarthCache GC70CZQ by Mr. Erikusz Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. last_img read more

The Data-Driven Future Of Journalism

first_imgRelated Posts Everyone seems to assume that Jeff Bezos, the founder of, spent $250 million on the Washington Post as some kind of hobby or charitable move. And some question whether he even has a plan on how he’ll run the newspaper.Tech investor Keith Rabois, whom I recently hosted at our ReadWriteMix event in August, has me rethinking those assumptions. When I pinned Rabois down on where value was going to be created in the future, he answered, “Data science.”In other words, not just the accumulation of data enabled by the ever-growing amounts of computing power, bandwidth, and storage we have available to us, but the smart application of it to reshape products, businesses, and industries in a continuous cycle of evolution and improvement.In the tech world—the world where Bezos made his fortune—it’s taken for granted that one should use data about how people use a product to make that product better and introduce new features. What if we actually did that in the media world—without sneering, without gritting our teeth, and without oversimplifying the enormity of the task?“Data Journalism” Needs A Redefinition The term “data journalism” has come to have a narrow definition of “reporting using publicly available data sets.” That seems woefully insufficient on two counts.First of all, any good reporter ought to use all sources of accurate information and all available tools to vet and analyze that information. That includes databases and tools to manage and extract insights from them. We need not call this “data journalism”: It’s just journalism.Second, reporting is necessary but not sufficient to commit acts of journalism. A reporter needs coconspirators: editors, photographers, and designers. Since we’re online, let’s add to that list product managers, engineers, and data scientists. Data ought to inform the entire operation that creates the product, not just the newsgathering.In particular, the notion of data journalism seems to have devolved into a very narrow concept of hyperlocal reporting driven by municipal databases: a laudable effort, but such a small and often inconsequential application of a powerful idea.Don’t get me wrong: I’m delighted that someone is putting restaurant health-inspection reports on an interactive map. It’s just that we as journalists have so much more to do with our own data.A Conversation With Readers, In Bits And BytesWhat data is that? Why, it’s chiefly the interactions our readers have with us—reading, commenting on, and sharing our stories. Every story we publish creates a massive trail of data exhaust. But we let much of it dissipate like the San Francisco fog on a sunny afternoon.Here’s an example: The other day, I checked Chartbeat, one of several analytics tools, and noticed a spike of traffic to an old story we’d run about downgrading from Apple’s beta version of iOS 7, its mobile operating system, back to iOS 6. Since everyone expects iOS 7 to be out later this month, I couldn’t see a reason why people were suddenly flocking to the story—unless something had unexpectedly gone wrong with the beta test.ReadWrite reporters Selena Larson and Adriana Lee went to work, finding ordinary users as well as developers who’d been affected and locked out of their phones. We rapidly debunked conspiracy theories that Apple was locking out nondevelopers from the beta. (Technically, only registered developers should have had access to iOS 7, but where there’s a will, there’s a digital way.)Instead, we determined that the combination of an expiring older version of beta, some unexplained failure of automatic updates, and an out-of-service activation server forced users to downgrade.Mobile editor Dan Rowinski followed up with analysis of how this beta release, the first since the ouster of Apple mobile-software executive Scott Forstall last year, seemed particularly troubled.Listening To What Your Readers Say—And DoListening to your readers is as old as publishing letters to the editor. What’s new is that Web analytics create an implicit conversation that is as interesting as the explicit one we’ve long been able to have.Why did people read a story? How did they find it? What did they think of it?These are fundamentally human questions that have dogged storytellers since the dawn of literacy. There is nothing new about them.We simply have better tools to get answers these days, if only we’d use them.Analytics have a bad rap in the publishing business because of their use—misuse, rather—at entities like Demand Media and the Huffington Post. Remember the infamous headlines posing the question, “What time does the Super Bowl start?”Even The Onion’s satirists have blamed analytics-chasing for CNN featuring Miley Cyrus’s twerking performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards at its top story—a parody so cutting that CNN Digital’s real managing editor felt obliged to deny writing the piece.Data Power Should Be In Editors’ HandsI’d argue that tail-chasing search-engine optimization and short-term pageview-chasing are the result of leaving data in the wrong hands—engineers more interested in algorithms than humans, Internet opportunists chasing dollars, and overworked editors too far down the masthead tasked with delivering quantifiable results.What we need as an industry—at the very least, what I’m trying to create at ReadWrite—is not a slavish adherence to data, but an interest in it as a proxy for the real human beings who make up our audience. Buried in the metrics is a telegraphic signal from those people—an attempt to communicate, to reach out and connect and guide us toward better stories and better ways to tell them.We need better metrics, to be sure. A pageview is the crudest possible approximation of the interaction between a writer and a reader. How much time do they spend reading? At what pace do they scroll down the page? Do they read continuously or jumping back and forth between paragraphs? Do they follow related links and come back to the page—or wander off?How do they find stories? Search terms are worth looking at, but they form the beginnings of questions, not answers. What do they reveal about our readers’ interests and passions? How do they frame questions about a topic? What do they already know, and what background do they need to enter into an ongoing story?Suggestions, Not CommandsWhen I speak in public, I watch the audience for feedback. Are they leaning forward or back? How rapt are their gazes? That guides me to do a better job.It’s no different online—or at least it shouldn’t be. Analytics are tools for listening. Data about our audiences is feedback—it doesn’t provide marching orders.But should it sway us when we’re thinking about areas to explore? Can it suggest what a good follow-up might be? Does it nudge us to go deeper on a topic than we’d initially planned to? I think those are all valid ways data can influence journalism.Ultimately, you need to have an idea of what your publication stands for and who you are as a journalist. Minus those lodestones, data can provide no guidance. But if you know who you want to reach and what you hope to do for them, there’s no question in my mind that data can help you fill in the map as you travel to your destination. owen thomas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#analytics#Data Journalism#journalism#media#Online Publishing#Web publishing center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut

first_imgAdamson held a slim 20-19 lead in the fourth and looked desperate to hold off the Lady Warriors but Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla rose to the occasion for the Lady Falcons.Soyud gave the Soaring Falcons a 21-19 lead and Permentilla followed it up a little later to give Adamson a more comfortable 23-19 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMary Joy Dacoron then finished things off with a booming running spike for Adamson’s first win of the season.Getigan, before getting the head coaching job, was technically an assistant coach with the Lady Falcons for the season but he was more focused with Kings Montessori School’s high school team and that he only met Adamson’s players on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson opened its new era with a rousing three-set win over National University, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.New head coach Onyok Getigan guided the Lady Falcons to their first win of the tournament that broke a 0-3 start under the beleaguered Air Padda, who was relieved of her duties as head coach two days ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak “I’ve only met them yesterday but since I was an assistant coach I already knew the system, so I just guided them and I wanted to bring their confidence back,” said Gatigan. “I’m technically part of the coaching staff before so I didn’t change anything in the system, I know their strengths and weaknesses so the only thing I did was guide them.”Bernadette Flora eventually finished with 15 points for the Lady Falcons while Soyud and Dacoron added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Princess Robles led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points.Adamson, NU, and University of the East are all tied at the eighth spot with 1-3 records.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ramirez relents, accepts CDM post

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war After initially turning down the offer, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chair Butch Ramirez on Wednesday accepted the role of chef de mission (CDM) for the Philippine delegation to the 30th Southeast Asian Games.Sources told the Inquirer late Tuesday night that Ramirez took the post after being prevailed upon by Malacañang, which, in a statement, reaffirmed its support for Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chief Ricky Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The POC on Monday offered the position to Ramirez after a controversial shakeup of the Olympic body’s executive board that resulted in the revocation of CDM posts of Joey Romasanta (Tokyo 2020 Olympics) and Monsour del Rosario (SEA Games).“I accept the challenges of the CDM position, aside from the instructions of my bosses, to heed the call for help of the POC,” said Ramirez during Wednesday’s press conference with Vargas at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe PSC chief’s turnaround came just a few hours after he issued a statement declining the post.“I do this for the interest of unity. Through this, I express my solid support to the POC and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee. We must stand as one,” said Ramirez. MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “If by accepting, we can start considering peace as an option toward a successful hosting of the SEAG, then I accept,” Ramirez added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Valdez bucks sprained ankle to lift Cool Smashers; Bundit coming back Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more