first_imgMONACO (AP):The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 yesterday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard’s first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equalling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savour his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week. The victory confirms that I am better,” Nadal said. “Monte Carlo is one of the most important places for me, without a doubt.”first title of the yearIt was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 when he was riddled with self-doubt and became a prey on clay, rather than a predator.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarter-finals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarter-finals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-finals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”I’m enjoying it after some tough moments,” said the fifth-ranked Nadal. “Last year was a tough year. The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”resilience coming backAlthough Nadal says he is “still not 100 per cent”, his famed resilience is coming back.”This week, I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” he said. “We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow, I will start to think about Barcelona, another important event.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”You just have to accept he’s a bit better.” Monfils said. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing.”Nadal dropped his serve five times against the 13th-seeded Monfils in a topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them.Playing in his 100th final, Nadal clinched his 68th title and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January routed by Djokovic in Doha.last_img read more

first_imgReed seals 70.3 3-peat 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jeanetta Panaga and Myla Pablo delivered in the clutch, combining for the last six points of the Lady Warriors who stayed on track for a fourth straight championship.Panaga finished off the Lady Jet Spikers with a check ball off a quick attack that leveled their best-of-three Final Four series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The former St. Benilde ace earlier scored on back-to-back hits to shatter the 9-all count then added another off a poor Air Force receive while Pablo scored on a drop shot and on a kill block off Iari Yongco that made it 14-10.But Air Force, which surprised the three-time champion, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, in the opener Saturday, refused to give up and pulled to within 12-14. “We were really determined to play another game,” said Pocari coach Rico de Guzman.Pablo, a strong candidate to win this conference’s Most Valuable Player award, said team effort saw them through.“We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo.BaliPure also forced a do-or-die after a 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13 victory over Creamline in the other semifinal duel.It was Creamline’s first loss this conference after sweeping the elimination round and winning Game 1, 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat poured it all in the fifth set to even things up with Hair Fairy Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a sudden-death for a finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.The Lady Warriors nearly squandered a 9-5 lead in the decider but leaned on their championship experience to outlast the Lady Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ They slug it out anew at 4 p.m. on Wednesday with Pocari Sweat and Air Force disputing the other finals slot at 6:30 p.m.Pablo finished with 22 hits, including 20 attack points, while Panaga wound up with 18.Earlier, Cignal TV and Mega Builders arranged a duel for the men’s title. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgThe international resource organization, World Resource Institute (WRI) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) recently launched the first Forest Atlas for Liberia to promote sustainable forest management and land administration. The official launch, which was held at a resort in Monrovia, will serve as a conduit where conservationists and other civil society organizations will be able to receive updates regarding the forest and land sectors in the context of forest cover loss, forest cover gain and the number of concessions and their total land areas. During the launch, several facilitators from various conservation and environmental organizations were selected by WRI and the FDA to make presentations on the forest sector and the importance of an atlas to conservation in Liberia.Deputy Foreign Minister for International Corporation Deypue Zuo, on behalf of the government, welcomed the launch of the country’s first forest atlas, describing it as a very useful tool that can be used in determining from time to time, the status of the country’s forest sector.“We the policymakers can use this kind of atlas to make decisions that will improve not only the forest sector, but also enhance or promote development activities in Liberia,” Mr. Zuo said.“The issue of sustainable forest management cannot be divorced from Liberia’s development agenda,” he said.“We have enough forest in Liberia, but the utilization is almost very much limited so we need to build serious sensitization among the population to make them understand the importance of protecting the forest.” The Focal Person on Climate Change at Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Benjamin Karmorh, called on the WRI to commit funding toward improving the forest sector and to build awareness on its activities.“As we launch this Forest Atlas, let us now bring in some finances because the government now is talking about economic diversification. Let us look at forest resources in terms of tourism, because there are countries in Africa where people go just to watch the gorillas in the mountain, and we know how much economic benefits such things can bring to those countries,” Mr. Karmorh said.“It’s now time that we technicians invite the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Liberia Revenue Authority to do the economic value of our country that will appeal to the conscious of the decision makers to allay their fears of why we are always asking for preserving the forest without economic benefits.”He expressed the hope that the EPA will develop an action plan to ensure the proper implementation and promotion of WRI activities in Liberia.FDA Deputy Managing Director Darlington Tuagben said understanding the use of the forest atlas will ease and enhance the work of civil society actors, academia, government actors, students and other Liberians in knowing exactly the status of the country’s forest and land sectors.Mr. Tuagben said though the atlas is not 100 percent perfect, yet it is helpful to every conservationist, because it provides the opportunity to prepare in addressing threats to the country’s forest sector.WRI National Coordinator to Liberia Joel Gamys said the entity is responding to the urgent challenges of climate, energy, food, water, forest, city and transport worldwide.Mr. Gamys said in Africa, Liberia’s program is focusing on improving land and resources and allocation through transparent comprehensive participatory approach and monitoring natural use to ensure respect for legal publication as well as associated social and environmental best practices, with emphasis on timber, mining and oil palm.“Now talking about intervention we support, the first one has to do with building tool and application to ensure access to high quality information in user friendly and decision relevant format; the second one has to do with monitoring and analysis to determining natural resources policy effectiveness; the third one has to do with capacity building, analysis, and outreach to ensure ability of local decision makers and stakeholders to apply forest and natural resource information; and the forth area has to do with effective and inclusive governance,” Mr. Gamys told stakeholders in the forest sector.Gamys said the atlas is very simple, user friendly and can be used by every individual in Liberia expressing the need for Liberians to begin thinking about exploring its usefulness to the adaption of future planning in the land and forest sectors.Laura B. Vary, WRI Manager for West Africa and Madagascar, reminded Liberian forest stakeholders that similar user-friendly atlases were launched in Cameroun and DR Congo, and the data is free of charge. She said data in the atlas are accurate because they are carefully reviewed and processed.The forest atlas project for Liberia began in 2015 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between WRI-Global Forest Watch and the FDA to ensure sustainable forest governance in the country.Participants were drilled on how to sustainably and effectively use the atlas to access information regarding the forest and land sectors. More than 30 persons from various forest sectors attended the launch.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_img…says Minister Jordan’s idea absurd and unrealisticOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has rubbished the idea proposed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) by Finance Minister Winston Jordan to consider issuing unemployment benefits, stating that it was not only unrealistic but had the potential to cause a collapse of the Scheme.At a recent event to mark NIS’s 49th anniversary, the Minister urged the NIS Board to consider the proposal and have it implemented for a short period of at least six months. He said it could help address the country’s social and unemployment problems.But Jagdeo has said that the idea did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations. He noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus be placed on building the reserveOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoto avoid a deficit.In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end in 2021/22 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio were effectively implemented.“What has happened since is that this Government has fired 7000 sugar workers, many others. Let’s say maybe 20,000 more have lost their jobs. Take of the 20,000, just take another 8000 who were paying NIS, so those are people who are not contributing to NIS,” he explained.This translates to decreased inflows for NIS and a payout that would remain constant or increase. In the last financial statement issued by the Scheme, it showed a deficit of over $800 million.“So, we are already in a deficit, getting worse and then the Minister says pay unemployment benefits. This would cause the Scheme to collapse immediately. Because if you have to pay unemployment benefits now on top of your routine obligations to individuals, that would cause a collapse of the NIS and every single Guyanese who are making contributions will be at risk.”The former Head of State noted that Minister Jordan was not too concerned about increasing the intake at NIS to make it more viable, but was suggesting spending more. As such, Jagdeo described the idea as absurd and one that did not result from realistic thought.He said, “And when this Government is generating a significant part of the unemployment. But he could spend $1.6 billion increase on dietary (food) rather than putting that towards NIS…or he could say the $544 million increase in rentalFinance Minister Winston Jordanof buildings for Government, we will give this to NIS.”NIS Finance Controller Jacqueline Scotland, who, along with other senior officers appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services in August, had revealed that NIS stood to lose $414 million in earnings this year owing to a combination of factors.Scotland disclosed that the Scheme’s current fund stood at $31.9 billion as at June 30. It was also noted that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is one of the largest defaulters, owing in excess of $1.5 billion to NIS. However, NIS General Manager Holly Greaves told the Committee that the sugar company had paid off the debt, except for $250 million in accumulated interest on the outstanding amount. Greaves said the Scheme planned to take legal action against GuySuCo to recover the money. It has served a demand notice. “We intend to move to the court to get it,” Greaves stated.NIS has implemented a debt management section to pursue persons who owe the Scheme. But, even with this new system, there are fears about continued slippage of contributions, as against the payment of benefits. This year, NIS is expected to pay out $23.6 billion, with contributions projected to reach $23.2 billion.With the closure of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara factories, which saw close to 5000 workers being fired, NIS could see significant loss of contributions. And with an aging population, NIS has incurred an increase in payments of at least $2 million each year. As such, NIS could move to recommend an increase in payments in the near future. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

first_imgWhen leads dry up or the truth is murky, LAPD detectives end up here, on the fourth floor of downtown’s Parker Center, headquarters of the Polygraph Unit. In these tattered 10-by-10-foot rooms, lies were exposed that cracked a Manson murder case and opened a trail to a stolen $3.5million Stradivarius cello. Interrogators have pinned down child abusers and caught felons in their own fibs. In the end, few people can really lie. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The pen is mightier than the sword. That is the case here,” said William Bergner, a veteran polygraph interviewer among 12 investigators in the unit. The modern day lie-detector machine, with its distinctive zigzag lines measuring heart rate, breathing and sweat, resembles little more than a computer hooked up to a blood-pressure gauge and a few wires. But for detectives, even the threat of the test can quickly alter the focus of a case. Vic Pietrantoni, a 23-year Los Angeles police homicide detective, said he has seen plenty of cooperative suspects clam up and ask for a lawyer, while others have been cleared. It was Harish Kumar’s willingness to take a polygraph in May 2002 after police found his wife, two children and mother brutally strangled and burned in their Hollywood Hills home that helped Pietrantoni and his partner quickly clear Kumar from the list of suspects. “You can talk to five or six detectives, and they will give you different perspectives,” he said. “Regardless of your feeling of a polygraph, sometimes it’s just the mention of the poly as a tool that can be used to ascertain truthfulness.” Many of the polygraph examiners are former officers injured on the job. Others are former private investigators. But all say their primary responsibility is to those on the hot seat and, ultimately, the truth. “We all get into police work to put bad guys and bullies away,” Bergner said. “Here we get to ask the questions that will never get answered (otherwise).” The catch is that the exams aren’t admissible in court, so they still spark debate about their reliability and accuracy. “It’s got a whole cultural mystique, the idea of the machine that gets inside our brain,” said Jennifer Mnookin, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law. “I believe it’s fallible. It’s better than random, but it’s certainly not foolproof.” Typically, the questioning in criminal exams lasts less than 15 minutes. Much more time is spent explaining to a suspect just what is going to be asked so there are no surprises. On a recent morning, examiner and former school police Officer Michael Hurley sat down with a homicide suspect, explaining the process for more than 30 minutes. The young man wore baggy jeans and a blue shirt. Homicide detectives watched on a satellite television in the other room as the suspect sat alone, at first fidgeting while Hurley probed the detectives for details on the case. It’s Hurley, not detectives, who determines what questions are asked. There are never more than about eight, and each one is measured in 25-second increments. They are all “yes” or “no” inquiries. When Hurley returns to the interview room, he reads each of the questions he is going to ask before the test actually begins. The testers point out that unlike police interrogators, they are not taking an accusatory tone or trying to get suspects to slip up using trick questions. Their goal is to get the truth. When it comes down to test time, the young man stares straight ahead to a gray carpeted wall. Suspects aren’t allowed to look at their examiner. The room is so quiet, you can feel your heart beat. The questions are asked three times, so any patterns or unusual responses are easily identifiable. When the test is done, Hurley concludes the man is telling the truth. He runs it by Bergner, who agrees. “He just said that he wants to return to his wife and kid,” Hurley said. On most days, the unit spends only a fraction of its time cornering would-be criminals, instead focusing on police recruits. Before 2001, the Polygraph Unit was made up of four examiners, and only officers seeking posts in sensitive units such as narcotics were tested. But now everyone goes through the test. Now, about 20 LAPD applicants go through the unit a day. And with the department trying to grow its force to 10,000, that means the unit is open all day and night, six days a week. “There is a saying,” Bergner says. “What is, is. Trust your charts.” 818-713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA call for volunteers to join Donegal’s largest coastal cleanup was made today by well-known local surfer and Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton.Easkey Britton will be helping to clean up Donegal’s beaches.The Clean Coasts Week 2015 takes place from May 8th to May 17th and everybody is invited to get involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.There will be a number of organised clean-ups across Donegal on beaches from Downings to Arranmore Island. Donegal County Council has also organised a number of talks to give information on how to better protect our beaches.In 2014 Clean Coasts groups removed a staggering 500,000 marine litter items from our beaches.Marine Litter includes a range of materials which have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea. It includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage, sewerage systems and even by the wind.Speaking at the launch Easkey said Clean Coasts Week is about the power of the ocean to connect. “Through coming together to celebrate our coasts at Clean Coasts events around the country and by joining local groups for beach clean-ups we create a stronger sense of community, a community connected by the sea. No matter how challenging the problem of marine litter might seem, together, even a small act can lead to positive change.”Speaking at the launch Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts Manager, An Taisce said they  are expecting more than 100 beaches to be cleaned by thousands of volunteers during Clean Coasts Week.“Every piece of litter removed whether as part of a large beach clean or a #2MinuteBeachClean is one less item that will pollute our oceans or be ingested by marine life.”She added, “Donegal County Council have organised a series of lunch time talks in coastal libraries around the County as part of the week also.”Speaking at the launch, Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland said, “While Clean Coasts activities take place all year round, the impact during Clean Coast week is significant. Year on year more and more volunteers are joining Ireland’s largest coastal cleanup. The week is a great opportunity to connect with your local Clean Coasts group and to take part in events all over Ireland.” In addition to the many beach cleans that will be taking place there are also Coastal Celebration events, including the National #2MinuteBeachClean Day, launch of Love Your Coast photography competition, film screenings, Coastal talks, Beat the Microbead Day and lots more. While all events are free, some are ticketed; people are encouraged to check out the website for more details. www.cleancoasts.orgRegistered Clean Ups in DonegalDownings Tidy TownDonegal Trá Beg, Downings and Tramore Beach, Downings09/05/201411amPublic Car Park, DowningsCommunity For A Clean EstuaryDonegalPocket beaches in the townland of Glenburnie between Moville and Green castle02/05/201510am at bottom of Lafferty’s Lane, CarnagarveArranmore IslandDonegalAll beaches on Island12/05/201512 noonCommunity CentreIasc na Mara Swim ClubDonegalMain Beach Bundoran to McGoverns car park19/04/20151 to 3pmThrupenny poolCarrickfinn environmentalDonegalCarrickfinn beach area03/05/20152 – 4pmCarrickfinn Car ParkGairmscoil Mhic DiarmadaDonegalLeabgarrow Beach, Arranmore Island15/05/201509:15Gairmscoil Mhic DiarmadaRathmullan Clean Coasts GroupDonegalRathmullan & Kinnegar Beach16/05/201512 noonRathmullan Beach Car parkKeep Cruit Island CleanDonegalCruit Island, Co Donegal10/05/201512pmCruit Island BridgeAnnagry Tidy TownsDonegalCarrickfinn Blue Flag Beach17/05/201510amBeach Car Park Carrickfinn BeachDunfanaghy Tidy TownsDonegalKillyhoey Beach12/05/20156pmCar Park, KillyhoeyBundoran Tidy TownsDonegalBundoran Mian beach, Bundoran Co. Donegal09/05/20151 – 4pmMain Beach, Bundoran, Co. DonegalInver Clean BeachDonegalInver beach10/05/201511amCar Park at the beachKillybegs Community CouncilDonegalLough Heada and Fintra Beach, Killybegs02/05/2015dependent on tideLough Head, KillybegsForbartha Port ArthurDonegalThe Pier at Port ArthurTBC11amThe Pier at Port ArthurSURFER EASKEY PLEADS WITH PUBLIC TO HELP CLEAN-UP DONEGAL’S COASTLINE was last modified: May 4th, 2015 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:beachesclean-updonegaleaskey brittonsurferlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Osprey program has been scrutinized since 23 Marines died in a pair of crashes during testing in 2000. The Osprey, designed to replace the aging helicopters in the Marine Corps fleet, can land and take off like a helicopter but fly like an airplane. In September, the Pentagon gave the go-ahead to begin production of the hybrid, which the Marine Corps considers vital to the future of its air fleet. Plans call for the delivery of 360 aircraft to the Marines, 50 to the Air Force and 48 to the Navy. The program is worth more than $19 billion to Boeing Co. and Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter unit, which builds the aircraft, through 2018. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMARILLO, Texas – Military officials are investigating a test V-22 Osprey aircraft after it suffered up to $1 million in damage last month while flying through a thunderstorm, officials said. The Defense Contract Management Agency was delivering an Air Force version of the helicopter-airplane hybrid to Edwards Air Force Base from Amarillo when the engine intakes sucked in pieces of ice from a thunderstorm. That damaged compressor blades, said James Darcy, a spokesman for the Maryland-based V-22 Joint Program Office. The crew landed in Prescott, Ariz., as a precaution, but the engines did not stall and the crew never lost control. Damage to the craft’s engine and tail section was estimated at anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million, Darcy said. “There is a mishap investigation ongoing,” Darcy said. last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS–The San Francisco Giants have set out to acquire outfielders and starting pitchers this winter while also focusing on upgrading their farm system.New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi plans to check all of those needs off his list, but he’ll have plenty of help in accomplishing his mission.On the first day of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, Zaidi and the Giants officially announced the additions of three new executives to the front office. Former Blue Jays …last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGBC 2 – Name that Tune — Geocache of the WeekAugust 15, 2018In “Community”Cache ‘o Mat (GC1A11C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 24, 2013January 21, 2013In “Community”Abducted! — VESMIRNA FEDERACE (GC4RFG2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Explore one of Italy’s architectural  treasures through geocaching. The Geocache of the Week, “In mezzo agli alberi morti” (GC2308M) leads geocachers through the heart of Bologna. geomafioso created the difficulty 3, terrain 1 Multi-Cache in 2010.The name of the cache translates into English as, “In the midst of dead trees.” The cache owner writes that the title of the geocache becomes obvious the closer a geocacher comes to finding the geocache’s final location.Along the cache route for “In mezzo agli alberi morti”geomafioso writes, “I think geocaching is mainly about seeing interesting places, but sometime the process of finding the cache, and the cache itself should give that “WOW” effect to the geocacher. This is why I love creative geocaches.”geomafioso says his greatest inspiration comes from other geocaches and going shopping, “Groundspeak forums are a nice source for creative ideas but there’s nothing like hardware stores. Since I started hiding caches, whenever I enter an hardware store I try to figure out if something can be used or transformed into a geocache. This gives me ideas for new creations.” The rewards for creative caches, like “In mezzo agli alberi morti” are Favorite Points, and seeing the logs for those who found the cache. geomafioso says, “Reading the comments and logs of enthusiast geocachers is, in my opinion, the highest reward.”Along the cache route for “Im mezzo agli alberi morti”One geocacher writes, “What an amazing cache! After living in Bologna for a few months, I had a pretty good idea of where to find the first stage, but was really surprised when we found it in the end. One of my favorites that I have done so far. TFTC!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to read more

first_imgRelated Posts The pseudo-democracy of Facebook has invited its billion-plus users to vote on their own rights – but don’t count on getting your voice heard.On Monday, Facebook allowed users to weigh in on the site governance policy, namely whether it remains as is or if a set of proposed changes will go into effect. Facebook has opened the polls in the form of a third-party voting widget and is expected to send an email explaining the process to its entire user base.It’s even possible that some Facebook users might actually read it this time. (The last site governance email – embedded below – sailed into the collective inbox black hole on the eve of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.)  So what’s the catch? The vote will be binding only if 30% of Facebook’s more than one billion users weigh in. If they don’t – and that’s by far the most likely scenario – the results will be considered advisory and Facebook’s proposed policy changes will go into effect as planned.That Pesky 30% ThreshholdIn other words, Facebook is asking users to vote on their own right to vote, but unless Hell freezes over, it’ll be taking away that right. The poll will close on December 10 at noon Pacific time, so be sure to exercise your right to a faux democratic process before then.Of course, the post-IPO Facebook is far more beholden to its stockholders than its users. Still, Facebook claims the proposed changes are ostensibly to fix the feedback system, which wasn’t particularly effective to begin with. In fact, ReadWrite has been skeptical about it since 2009, when it had that pesky 30% clause tacked on:“We encourage you to participate and make your voice heard. For this vote and any future one, the results will be binding if at least 30 percent of active Facebook users at the time that the vote was announced participate. An active user is someone who has logged in to the site in the past 30 days.”What The Vote MeansWant to weigh in anyway? Read up here on how the proposal will affect privacy, data ownership and some of those other hot-button issues that Facebook users like to get up in arms about.Sure, it’s not particularly easy for a beast as big as Facebook to collect and consider user feedback, but at this point the site’s whole feedback system is as condescending as it is illusory – right down to this last vote. Tags:#Facebook#privacy#social media#social networks A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmakerlast_img read more