Dear Editor,The recent debate on the No-Confidence vote in the National Assembly highlights how fractured we have become as a people. For years we were the first to say that “is only election time we have problem, but other than that we alright.” But is this actually true today? Recent discussions, video interactions, and especially social media (the place where everyone is an expert at everything) have highlighted these – frankly – nasty attitudes of some of our peoples.This is a wealthy nation. Look at the geological map and you will see that we are blessed with a lot, and we have no need to beg for anything. Yet, increasingly, we are getting poorer with our morality and civility.We are by no means the most troubled spot in Caricom in terms of our politics and our diversity and ethnic relations, but we have failed to capitalise on the decency of our common sense to iron out the creases in the national fabric.Our sister state of Jamaica is known for political divisions which often affects individual towns through ‘gully politics’. The reports of this political confrontation at the local level is numerous as is the violence that can accompany it. Yet despite the intense personal rivalry of the JLP and PNP which often goes back generations, Jamaica consistently sees the peaceful transfer of power between the two parties after elections.Take a look at the swearing in of a new Jamaican Prime Minister and you will see gathered; the outgoing Prime Minister and all of the living predecessors regardless of political affiliation. This at the bare minimum displays a respect for the system of Government, the Constitution and more importantly the will of all the people. When was the last time this minute act of symbolism was present in our country?Trinidad and Tobago is possibly the Caricom state that closest resembles our diversity and recent colonial history. The pages of Trinidad and Tobago’s history contains the evidence of political agitation and the current disagreements between the PNM and the UNC often mirrors our own. Yet like Jamaica, in recent history Trinidad and Tobago have seen peaceful transfer of power from one political group to another and back again.What is our problem? Are we so engrossed with political differences that we can no longer be civil as the bare minimum? We go overseas and deck our halls with our nationalism but at home we are ashamed of it, we disown it. How can we be part of a country when we see ourselves and our identities distinct from it?We have forgotten that ours is a history of struggle, hard work, determination, and dynamism. The illustrious history of our culture is carried on the shoulders of all our peoples. Each group has contributed something to make this piece of land home. Today our ancestors must surely be ashamed of some of us and the hate we have for each other.As a person in their 20’s I can say a part of this problem is the complacency of people my age. We need to spend time understanding our history – all of it – and how our constitutional systems work. You cannot change the system if you don’t know the system. The youth have to show that the old people saying “stay out of big people business” has no place today in our society.Today we see people arguing among each other. We lack respect for each other. We judge each other by trivialities. We see each other as the enemy while our enemies circle us like vultures enjoying the self-destructive show we are carrying on.We expect PPP/C, AFC, APNU, PNC, WPA, JFAP, and WXYZ to set our houses in order and we let political affiliation become a part of our core identity. Over 50 years independent, our mentality towards each other remains colonial and divisive.The third stanza of our national anthem says:Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,We’re born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,And ours is the glory their eyes did not see,One land of six peoples, united and free.We have a lot to be proud of, if only we recognise it all. No one is going to fix our house and our problems. That task falls to all of us. We have a lush agricultural land, massive potential in water, gold and mineral wealth, the endurance to strive and make our country better and the zeal and dynamism to see that it is a success. What are we waiting for?Regards,V Hemsworth
The tweet caught me by surprise last Friday night. Eventbrite, the popular online platform used by event organizers (including me) to create, promote and sell event tickets, had rights to attend the event I published on their platform. In addition, Eventbrite could film and copyright my event. And according to their Merchant Agreement, as the event organizer, I had to pay licenses, permissions, clearances, and cover Eventbrite expenses.What? Here’s the tweet I read:Wow. I guess it’s time we all stopped using @eventbrite. They claim the right to attend your event, film it, and own the copyright. https://t.co/4lQ84UKjAC— Barney Dellar (@branaby) April 20, 2018The text of their Merchant Agreement (before it was changed yesterday):You, on behalf of yourself and the Subjects, grant Eventbrite and its licensees the nonexclusive right to use the names and trademarks of you, the Premises, the Events documented in the Shoot, and the Subjects in connection with Eventbrite’s and its licensees’ use of the Recordings. You are responsible for obtaining, at your own cost, all third party permissions, clearances, and licenses necessary to secure Eventbrite the permissions and rights described above, and you represent that you have done so.And my quick reply to Eventbrite late Friday night, expressing my frustration. . @eventbritehelp This isn’t right. Eventbrite has right to record our events, but organizers “…are responsible for obtaining, at your own cost, all third party permissions, clearances, and licenses necessary to secure Eventbrite the permissions and rights described above…” https://t.co/AsAYOgcAK0— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 21, 2018The Eventbrite social media team was on top of the discussion, since they replied to my tweet in less than 10 minutes.Our Marketing team is excited to share moments that spotlight the magic of your events. In order to accommodate the specific needs of every user, you have the option to opt out of Section 7 by sending written notice of your decision to opt-out to email@example.com.— Eventbrite Help (@eventbritehelp) April 21, 2018Huh? This is something event organizers have to opt-out of? In my opinion, it shouldn’t be there in the first place! Plus, there’s nothing in their clause indicating how to opt-out. If I hadn’t received a reply from Eventbrite, how would I have discovered how to opt-out? I wasn’t the only one who found Eventbrite’s terms beyond the norm.Outraged Event Organizers Respond to Eventbrite’s TermsWord spread quickly on social media within the event organizer community. And event organizers shared their outrage and frustration.Here are a few of the hundreds of tweets posted in the past few days. Dear @eventbrite. We’ve been happy customers for years, but can & will not work with the new terms which heavily impact our guests privacy and our speakers intellectual property. Right to enter the event, record & publish everything are NOT necessary to provide ticketing. pic.twitter.com/RgP9wWekHR— push.conference (@push_conf) April 22, 2018It’s worse than that. If you’ve ever been stalked or have any abusive exes you’re trying to avoid, it is unsafe to go to an event ticketed by @eventbrite. They can film you, and use that footage plus your name – forever – to do whatever they want. https://t.co/A57YSnTM80— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) April 22, 2018We won’t be using @eventbrite for our meetups ever. That’s a huge breach of privacy for security meetups! https://t.co/7lUeHcvYPg— Shannon Morse (@Snubs) April 22, 2018Dear @eventbrite: I didn’t know we gave you permission to attend our events, film & claim copyright when we used your service: https://t.co/XYhl7iqnAY I suspect most other consumers did not, either. Please change this to opt-in, or I’ll need to stop using your service. cc @ftc https://t.co/G4th0h2Tvg— Alex Howard (@digiphile) April 21, 2018The way I read the new @eventbrite ToC, if you run a conference, they can show up, record the whole thing, sell it or give it away for free without asking or even notifying you, all because you paid them to use their platform.#bucketOfNope— Uncle Cal (@CalEvans) April 22, 2018Eventbrite Finally RespondsAfter going dark on social media for more than a day (I can understand a bit, it was the weekend), Eventbrite finally responded to their customers with a tweet, explaining that the clause had been removed from their terms.A clause in our updated terms was designed to help create promotional content with our creators, but the language we used was broader than necessary. We have not recorded any footage at events and have now removed the clause entirely. Apologies for any concern this caused.— Eventbrite Help (@eventbritehelp) April 22, 2018However, the ill will the clause created among event organizers has many reconsidering other options for event promotion and ticketing. I know, I’m one of them.My ThoughtsObviously, Eventbrite blundered with the clause in their Merchant Agreement. Though it took more than a day to respond, Eventbrite finally heard their customers and removed the clause.But they’ve lost a huge amount of trust and credibility with event organizers. Eventbrite’s policy was overreaching. In their goal of creating promotional content with event creators, they overstepped in expecting event organizers to pay for the costs, by hiding the info in a lengthy merchant agreement. The change to their terms is a reminder to everyone who uses online services to read the terms of service and the email messages notifying us of changes in terms of service.However, I have to wonder. If it wasn’t for how quickly the clause spread on Twitter, would Eventbrite have made the change on their own?Eventbrite is used by event organizers in 180+ countries. It’s not a free service for organizers who use the online platform to sell tickets. What’s Still Missing from Eventbrite?I give credit to Eventbrite management for stepping up and resolving the issue quickly. However, they could do more. A blog post on their website and an email message to all customers where Eventbrite:Apologizes to their users for the clauseAdmits the negative impact it had on their customersDiscusses how they remedied it, made it rightSummaryKudos to everyone who shared the news on social media. Your social networking efforts had a positive impact, influencing Eventbrite to quickly remedy a bad situation. If you’re an event organizer who is looking for alternatives, here are a couple of sites to consider: Tito (low fees, community group rates) and Trybooking (free for free events, unlimited support). I’ll be doing my research to learn more about the two ticketing companies and may publish a post on what I discover. On a personal note, when I chose to use Eventbrite for our new West Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group earlier this year, I didn’t think I’d be looking for another online ticketing service so quickly. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedEvent Registration Alternatives to Meetup.comWith this week’s announcement that Meetup.com was changing its pricing policy, many meetup organizers are looking for alternatives to using Meetup.com for their event registration. The news of the pricing change spread quickly among meetup organizers on Twitter. While the decrease in cost to organizers at $24/year was welcomed, the…In “Internet”Lanyrd: The One Place You Want to Post Conference Info, Slides, and PhotosUpdated May 6, 2018: Unfortunately, Lanyrd is no longer being maintained. I’m searching for an alternative site for posting conference information. Last week one of my friends in higher education sent me a tweet. “Hey, Deborah, what happened to the blah-blah conference 2013 website? I can’t find it.” “Not sure,”…In “Conference”Lessons Learned from 12+ Years of Organizing Meetup EventsImagine you’re a project manager, invited to speak at a local meetup group. You’ve spent six hours creating and fine-tuning your talk and presentation slides. The day before your talk, you check the online event registration site to see over 45 people have registered to hear you speak. Whoa! It’s…In “Miscellaneous”
A major congressional effort to spur medical innovation passed another milestone today when a House of Representatives committee signed off on the 21st Century Cures Act.The bill, developed by representatives Fred Upton (R–MI) and Diana DeGette (D–CO), revamps policies and provides new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approved unanimously by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the bill contains a few changes from a version introduced in April.As before, the measure authorizes annual $1.5 billion raises to NIH’s budget for 3 years and also provides $10 billion over 5 years in mandatory funding for a new NIH Innovation Fund. Annually, at least $500 million of the fund will support the new Accelerating Advancement Program, which would provide matching funds for NIH’s 27 institutes and centers for research in areas including biomarkers, precision medicine, infectious diseases, antibiotics, and basic research. The remainder would go to young scientists (at least 35%); high-risk, high-reward research; and NIH intramural research. 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An early draft called for NIH to make “resource allocation decisions” in line with economic considerations. Now, the plan is to be shaped mainly by “scientific opportunities,” wording changes supported by the biomedical research community. The bill also creates a controversial “capstone award” for senior scientists to wind down or pass on their research programs.As part of reforms to FDA, the latest draft tries to address concerns that the many new requirements of the agency under the bill would stretch its limited resources. These include gathering data on the natural history of diseases, incorporating patient feedback into the evaluation of new therapies, and qualifying new drug development tools like biomarkers that measure a patient’s response to a drug. A new amendment would set up a Cures Innovation Fund to dole out an annual $110 million for the next 5 years for several of these projects.The lawmakers have also reinserted a provision giving 6 additional months of marketing exclusivity to drugs approved for rare diseases, an incentive for drugmakers that had been removed in a previous version.The bill goes next to the House floor for a vote; Upton and DeGette are aiming to pass it this year. It will then need to be reconciled with the Senate’s version. Lawmakers in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are slowly developing their own biomedical innovation bill, but they haven’t indicated a timeline for its introduction.With reporting by Kelly Servick.
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A total of 850 students of Delhi University along with their mentors have embarked on a journey to explore the North East India. The students are accompanied by 20 teachers, selected from various colleges under DU. The students have been distributed in groups of 10 with at least one person belonging to the state. These groups are required to conduct fieldwork and research on subjects assigned. The areas of the study are endangered languages, river Brahmaputra, temples, gender issues, flora and fauna, architecture, arts and crafts, handloom industry, cuisine, traditional dresses, lifestyle, environment, history, religion, folklore, myths, intangible heritage, scientific developments, education, sports etc.The educational trip is named GYANODAYA-V with the theme of Dharohar: The Glory of the North East. The tour is of 10 days and classes are conducted on the train. The trip is being conducted from December 18 to 29. The Itinerary for Gyanodaya V- North East Region includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam (Guwahati), Assam Jorhat), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.