Basketball August 8 Elections Cancelled

first_imgToday’s expected congress of the Liberia Basketball Association, which could have ended tomorrow with election of new leaders for another four years, has been cancelled, by His Honor Judge Yusuf D. Kaba of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Montserrado County, through a Writ of Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order filed by aggrieved stakeholders.The court, in its June Term AD 2015, ordered the writ under the hand of Ellen Hall, Clerk of Court.“Respondents are hereby ordered restrained, enjoined, refrained and prohibited from conducting 1st Respondent (LBA) Congress and elections until otherwise ordered by this court,” the writ said.“You are hereby further commanded to file your official returns on or before the 15th day of August AD 2015 as to the manner of serve – and have there this writ of injunction and temporary restraining order,” the court directed Rufus Anderson, outgoing president of the LBA, who is seeking re-election.The freezing of the basketball’s elective congress has marked the fifth postponement – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7, and to February 17 and 18 and then to April 7.Since January 2015, with the resumption of all sporting activities across the country after the Ebola outbreak, there has been wrangling over illegitimacy, bogus clubs and financial misapplication.The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) fruitlessly intervened to resolve the crisis between the LBA leadership, headed by Rufus Anderson and the Aggrieved Stakeholders, led by Calvin Diggs, Malcolm Joseph, Ali Sylla and Edwin Fahnbulleh.Recently, during a protest against Rufus Anderson’s administration, two entrances of the Sports Commission were sealed off (wielded) and players displayed placards, which was climaxed with a bloody fight between the parties at the Liberia Baptist Seminary.After several unsuccessful attempts, the Ministry of Youth and Sports wrote the continental governing body of basketball, FIBA-Africa to intervene in the LBA leadership case.Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton said in his communication dated 3 April on the ongoing stalemate was due to the unremitting contestation for “legitimacy and expiration of tenure” by some aggrieved members, structured under the named: Liberia Basketball Presidents Association.Other issues included accusation against the MYS for releasing funds to Anderson’s leadership when the crisis was yet to be resolved, and accusing the MYS as deceptive practice in the resolution of the case.Though Minister Yonton rejected the accusation of any form of deception in the search for solution in the LBA crisis, it could not address why it released U$58,000 to Anderson’s administration.In spite of their argument an MOU was signed and an elections commission, headed by Yanqueh Borsay appointed.But the thorny issue of K-Delta president Abraham Samukai remained unresolved, because LBA does not recognize him as president but rather owner, which he objects.K-Delta’s vice president for administration, Mr. Bonah Kerkula, in a letter informed LBA’s secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and president Anderson that Samukai is K-Delta’s rightful president but the two men would not hear of it. Samukai as a result threatened to seek help from the judicial system, to interpret the rule used by Anderson’s LBA to deny him the right to contest the elections.Samukai sought the intervention of the Liberia National Olympic Committee, but when he did not receive any response as he had anticipated, has now sought the court to cancel the elections until his due process rights are respected.The sheriff of the Sixth Judicial Court served the injunction on President Rufus Anderson yesterday, and thereby officially instructed him and others mentioned in the writ, including the Ministry of Youth & Sports to ensure the cancellation of the August 8 congress and its subsequent elections.Late yesterday, Basketball Elections Commission chairman, Yanqueh Borsay, was being sought by the sheriff to slap him a copy of the injunction.The judicial system is at the disposal of every Liberian who is convinced his rights are denied him.Rufus Anderson has up to August 15 to file a return to the court’s decision and therefore he is mandated by law to abide by the court’s decision to wait until the court examines the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education Ministry hosts ‘Learning Disability’ seminar

first_imgAssistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas SlaterThe Education Ministry has made continuous efforts to promote the inclusivity of education and has embarked on several projects which will revamp the delivery of education to ensure that all students, irrespective of ability, are able to receive a quality education.The Ministry, in collaboration with the Caricom Secretariat and the G Halley Marville Trust, hosted a learning disabilities seminar on Tuesday. The timely forum was lauded as necessary and will augment the work and efforts of the Ministry.It is expected to move issues relating to children with learning and other disorders from the periphery to a central place of focus for education officials.Education Minister, Nicolette Henry said that the Ministry is constantly looking for new ways to address learning disabilities.“We are striving to achieve inclusive learning, teaching, and research attitude and culture to enable students, staff and stakeholders to develop their full potential and ultimately contribute to the challenges of the day,” Henry is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas Slater, explained that the seminar will ensure learners are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to nurture academic and social success among learners with special needs.“This seminar is aligned with the principles and outcomes of this agreement and is a demonstration of the region’s commitment to proactively engage the demands for the provision of inclusive education.”The seminar serves as a part of the Ministry’s nationwide educational interventions geared at improving the quality and inclusivity of education being delivered to all learners.The G Halley Marville Trust is a registered charity, created to address mental health issues and OCD. It also aims to raise awareness about additional needs and difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).The Trust was birthed last year and registered in Barbados.last_img read more

Mystery fire destroys admin building at Diamond Secondary School

first_imgA fire of unknown origin destroyed a part of the Diamond Secondary School on Monday. Persons living in close proximity to the school were awakened by screams of “fire” after the security guard at the facility noticed the flames.Reports are the guard noticed flames emanating from the front building in the compound at about 02:00h and raised an alarm. With the assistance of public-spirited citizens, the fire was contained before the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) ranks arrived.Meanwhile, the Education Ministry stated that the fire began in the administrative building, which housed the Head teacher and deputy head teacher’s offices along with the computer laboratory and the library.According to the Ministry, checks were made by the GFS to ascertain whether there was a power surge affecting that area at the time of the blaze and it was found that there was no issue with the electricity supply.When Guyana Times visited the school, the security guard declined to comment. Meanwhile, Fire Prevention Officer, Andrew Holder would only say that an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.The Education Ministry also noted that regional officials are being engaged to ensure plans are in place to cater for the smooth operations when the school reopens.Missing moneyRecently the Diamond Secondary School was at the centre of an investigation after a large sum of money that was collected from students for the school’s graduation ceremony reportedly disappeared.During the probe of that incident, four teachers were taken into custody and questioned at the Golden Grove Police Station. They were subsequently released on station bail.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Community Services Department will present several performances of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale, “Little Women,” at the Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 Washington Ave. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28, and Feb. 3 and 4. One matinee will be performed at 10 a.m. Feb. 3. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Special group rates are also available. For more information, call Michael Eiden at (562) 464-3445. Pot clinics topic of council meeting WHITTIER – The City Council at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will vote on the second reading of an ordinance limiting where medical marijuana dispensaries can locate in the city. The proposal limits such establishments to no closer than 1,000 feet of any school, library, day care facility and park. They also must be in an area zone for manufacturing. Based on that criteria, there are 13 sites in Whittier. The council voted 3-2 in December on the first reading of the ordinance. City offering recreation classes WHITTIER – Whittier Community Services is offering various spring classes covering a variety of subjects, including yoga, skateboarding, Japanese, Indian or Thai cooking, American sign language, German and singing beginning Jan. 17. Registration is ongoing; fees range from $10 to $150 and are offered at local Whittier sites such as the Whittier Community Center, Palm Park and Parnell Park. For more information and to register, call (562) 464-3430. Diet workshop set at hospital WHITTIER – Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will offer a diet workshop “Create Your Weight,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier. People 20 pounds or more overweight can learn about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and behavioral therapy in weight reduction and management. Reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 6998-0811, Ext. 2580. Driving class aimed at seniors LA MIRADA – The city is offering a two-day driving class to help drivers 50 or older to recognize and compensate for their driving limitations. A certificate will be issued upon completion. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The $10 fee is payable by check or money order only. To register or for more information, call (562) 902-3160. Sheriff’s station needs volunteers WHITTIER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is looking for volunteers to assist in the daily operations of the South Whittier Substation and to participate in the many programs being sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department. If you are an adult and can give a minimum of 16 hours a month to join a group of other volunteers and department personnel, call (562) 903-1874 or (562) 466-5455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit the substation at 13525 Telegraph Road. Tours available at Sanchez Adobe MONTEBELLO – The Sanchez Adobe, Montebello’s historical museum is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 946 N. Adobe Ave. Museum curator Bud Sanchez, grandson of Juan Matias Sanchez, who built the adobe’s east wing, is seeking volunteer docents. For more information, call Maggie at (323) 728-3765. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Supreme Court dismisses appeal by Donegal developer over €9.2 judgement

first_imgThe Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Co Donegal property developer over a €9.2 million judgment granted against him arising from guarantees over unpaid loans to his building company.The judgments addressed what a bank must do to prove debt and Mr Justice William McKechnie strongly disagreed with the majority view that the courts may, in certain circumstances, draw inferences from a customer’s silence in response to a bank’s claim. In the context of banker and customer, it is “notorious” that, for the vast majority of people, the relationship “is not based on an equal footing” and the “recent public scandal about tracker mortgages verifies this point”, he said.Bank of Scotland plc sought judgment against Charles Fergus, Ceol na Mara, Tullan Strand, Bundoran, over alleged guarantees provided from 2004 to 2006 over loans to his building company, Fergus Haynes (Developments) Ltd.After a demand for repayment in September 2008 was not met by the company, it appointed a receiver over its assets and took proceedings against Mr Fergus arising from the guarantees.In 2012, the High Court’s Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan was critical of the bank’s conduct of the case, saying it was “extraordinary” for a bank to commence proceedings seeking judgment on 17 guarantees, contending he was liable on each guarantee for the full amount of the judgment when many of the guarantees were patently unenforceable.As Mr Fergus had not himself given any evidence and had not denied a signature appearing to be his was in fact his, the judge accepted he had signed four original documents sought to be relied on by the bank.For full story see https://www.irishtimes.com/business/construction/supreme-court-rejects-man-s-appeal-over-9-2m-judgment-1.4120319Supreme Court dismisses appeal by Donegal developer over €9.2 judgement was last modified: December 19th, 2019 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 read more

Forget Atletico or Real Madrid, Barcelona’s next fixture will be their toughest

first_imgThe humiliating loss instead proved to be a point of inflexion: Barça rallied, the coach changed system to better exploit the MSN trio, and the team went on a lengthy winning run to seal only the second treble in Spanish football history. Yet if Luis Enrique’s larger fortunes shifted dramatically following that fateful January night, his fortunes against Real Sociedad didn’t: a 1-0 loss in 2016 and 1-1 draw in 2017 were the manager’s other two results at the Anoeta with the Blaugrana.Fittingly, it took a former coach of Real Sociedad’s biggest rivals Athletic Club to finally break the curse. In January 2018 Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona went 2-0 down at the Anoeta, and the visiting boss must have feared a similar fate as his predecessors. Instead, the away team fought back through Paulinho, Suárez and Messi to seal as sweet a 4-2 win as any Clásico. 4 Anoeta Stadium has proved a tough place for Barcelona in recent years Few teams would have looked at the new La Liga calendar then scrolled down to the day they host FC Barcelona for some comfort, but Real Sociedad are different.A visit from Sevilla, Villarreal or Celta could quite feasibly mean three points dropped for the Txuri-urdines (‘white and blues’), but 90 minutes against the Blaugrana at the Anoeta is usually a cause for celebration. 4 Pep Guardiola shows the strain during Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat to Real Sociedad in 2011 Barcelona finally broke the Anoeta ‘curse’ earlier this year 4 David Moyes led Real Sociedad to victory over Barcelona in 2015 4 Since returning to La Liga in 2010, the Basque side’s run of home results against Barça is so good it would make Real Madrid envious: 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-1. The Catalans have only won there once in eight years, and have come to dread the “curse of the Anoeta”, as it is known.It’s easy to see why a visit to this ground gets into their heads when you look back at some of the Barcelona teams to stumble there. They may have had peak Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Gerard Piqué at their disposal, but Pep Guardiola’s 2010-11 Barcelona for example – which famously demolished Manchester United in the Champions League final the same year – came undone against La Real. The visitors were first to take the lead but it made no difference: they couldn’t resist the Basque comeback and lost 2-1 thanks to a penalty winner from local hero Xabi Prieto. A similar failure to defend an advantage would occur the following season for Guardiola’s men, squandering a 2-0 lead this time to draw 2-2 after a young French winger named Antoine Griezmann equalized. Not even Tito Vilanova’s Barça – the first side in the club’s history to register 100 points in La Liga – could dodge the curse. Vilanova’s outfit were outstandingly consistent in domestic competition, and Real Sociedad were the only team other than Madrid to beat them in La Liga that year, a stoppage time winner from Imanol Agirretxe reaffirming that Barcelona can never afford to switch off against La Real.The most infamous Barcelona Anoeta slip-up of them all came on January 5th, 2015. In isolation, the 1-0 final score in favour of the home team doesn’t look too bad (a Jordi Alba own-goal was the difference this time) but it was the build-up to and manner of the defeat that made it significant. Barcelona had already dropped points to Malaga, Real Madrid, Celta and Getafe by the time matchday 17 rolled around, yet Luis Enrique decided to rest Messi, Neymar, Piqué and Dani Alves in a known problem fixture. A minute and a half into the game, Barça were 1-0 down through their own player, Real Sociedad dropped back to defend deep, and the visitors had a huge problem.Messi, Neymar and Alves eventually entered from the bench, but inevitably La Real held on for yet another glorious win. A crisis on a major scale even by Barcelona standards followed: Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta was ruthlessly sacked on the eve of Spain’s big Christmas celebrations as a kind of sacrificial lamb the club hierarchy thought would buy them time, and understudy Carles Puyol followed of his own accord. Behind the scenes, Barça were even sounding out replacements for Luis Enrique – leaks to some Spanish outlets suggested he was only one more defeat away from losing his job. Barcelona go into this Saturday’s fixture with the duck off their back then, but with a balance of five defeats, two draws and one win at this stadium in La Liga since 2010 they can’t afford to relax. Awaiting them is the debut of a newly refurbished Anoeta, the old athletics track removed so that the Real Sociedad fans are closer to the pitch and in greater number. Baying for another famous victory against their favourite victim.last_img read more

Coalition aims to stop home-appraisal fraud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Complaints about appraisal abuse from coalition members in Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and Pennsylvania prompted the effort, he said. Taylor said that sometimes brokers pressure appraisers to come up with a property value that will support a high sale price. If appraisers refuse, they don’t get future business. Taylor said he has approached some big lenders, including Countrywide Financial Corp., for support. He’s waiting for their decision on the effort. “I would think they would want to lead it because Angelo R. Mozilo historically is a leader,” Taylor said about the Countrywide chairman and chief executive officer. “He doesn’t wait for other people to show him the way.” Countrywide officials did not return calls seeking comment. Nor did the California Association of Realtors. An advocacy group is undertaking a nationwide campaign to encourage the real estate industry to support a code of conduct to assure that homebuyers and sellers receive accurate appraisals. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonprofit group that tries to increase the flow of capital into underserved communities, said its effort comes in response to increased consumer complaints about appraisal fraud and overvaluation. The Washington, D.C.-based group, which also works to ensure fair lending practices, primarily in low-income, minority neighborhoods, is urging appraisers, lenders, real estate agents and others involved in home-sale transactions to embrace the idea. “It’s a severe problem and one that’s been masked by rising values in housing,” the coalition president, John Taylor, said about property appraisals being pushed too high. But an organization of appraisers and lenders in California endorses the plan. “I think it’s needed,” said Brian O’Neill, managing director of the San Jose-based California Association of Real Estate Appraisers. Appraisers in California must obtain a state license and follow a set of industry standards when conducting business. And he agrees that appraisers sometimes do get pressure from brokers. “It’s good to have someone else say this.” John Marcell, president of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, points out that his members are not supposed to reveal the sales price to appraisers. “Our code of ethics doesn’t allow that to happen,” he said. And he thinks Taylor’s coalition has a “great idea.” The coalition has created the Center for Responsible Appraisals and Valuations to promote the idea nationwide. Taylor said identifying companies in the industry that agree to the code of conduct will let the public know which ones are committed to fair appraisals. In addition, participants will agree to a dispute resolution procedure. It will involve online negotiation and then, if necessary, mediation and arbitration. The center will publish lists of industry participants, and it will identify those that have not signed on and have unresolved complaints against them. Anthony Majewski, acting director of the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers, said since the industry is regulated in this state, appraisers here can be penalized for misconduct. He said misconduct is a problem but not one that is increasing. Majewski points out that it’s a violation for an appraiser to accept an assignment when there has been a predetermination of a property’s value. He declined to weigh in on whether the coalition’s code of conduct is an idea with merit. But he notes his office has clout in the industry. “We can do anything from a warning letter to fines, require additional education or suspend and revoke a license,” he said. And consumers can find out whether an appraiser licensed by the state has been disciplined. Just go to the agency’s Web site, www.orea.ca.gov, click on the Find an Appraiser link on the left side of the home page and then scroll down to the button at the bottom of the page. — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want 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

New tech, trends, collaborations at Fak’ugesi

first_imgThe Fak’ugesi Conference was one several events during the 10-day Fak’ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival. Discussions at the conference included the experiences of and challenges in the augmented- and virtual reality industries.Fak’ugesi holds its first animation hackathon, called the ani-marathon, on 11 and 12 September 2017. Participants are animation school students and people working in the industry. The final product is showcased on 16 September 2017 at the festival’s Bloc Party. (Image: Faku’gesi, Facebook)Melissa JavanThe Origins Centre Museum was now a space where technology could be explored, participants at the Fak’ugesi Conference heard, held on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Virtual reality goggles would be available at the centre.The announcement was made shortly after the panel discussion “Future Media: Addressing changes and development of virtual reality industries in South Africa”.It was the first conference held at the annual Fak’ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival, which took place in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, from 6-16 September. “Fak’ugesi” comes from the isiZulu term meaning “add power” or “put on the electricity”.The event brought technology and innovation to people in a fun, accessible and playful way. There were also workshops, laboratories, exhibitions, hack-a-thons, music, films, artists and games.“Some incredible highlights at this year’s festival will include the Fak’ugesi Conference, the hugely popular Making Weekend, as well as our annual Market Hack event at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein,” said Tegan Bristow, 2017 Fak’ugesi festival director, before the event.“We’re also thrilled to announce an exciting new curatorial partnership titled Fak’ugesi Beats, a beats, music and technology focus curated by Weheartbeat, who will go on to lead the festival finale Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party as part of their larger programme.”The bloc party was on 16 September.Participants tweeted about the festival:#Beetlebot workshop #Fakugesi and @UNHABITAT #BlockbyBlock Come see the free digital exhibition & experience incredible digital innovation! pic.twitter.com/tePWewqiH5— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 10, 2017Talking collaborations in film, music and design @fakugesi Conference 2017. Live stream now: https://t.co/sHDqpXwdEO pic.twitter.com/JqnV4t55vI— Connect ZA (@Connect_ZA) September 14, 2017#Fakugesibeats lab with @weheartbeat has begun! We are very excited about this collaboration. WeheartBeat x Fak’ugesi Bloc Party 16 Sep 2017 pic.twitter.com/6haQS5RPIM— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 10, 2017We are back on, it’s Monday at #Fakugesi Kicking off with a 28hour Ani-marathon. The final results to be seen at @weheartbeat Bloc Party! pic.twitter.com/RKso3gX3Ii— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 11, 2017The Origins CentreThe Origins Centre Museum at the University of Witwatersrand explores and celebrates the history of modern humankind. You can also do DNA ancestry testing at the centre.The virtual reality goggles now available were created by Alt Reality. There will be a virtual reality tour for visitors on 25 September, which will explore various ancestors. The technology makes use of smartphones.The conferenceSpeakers at the conference included artist William Kentridge. He is best known for his animated drawings and is one of South Africa’s most well-established fine artists.During the discussion “Future Media: Addressing changes and development of VR industries in South Africa”, panelists spoke about their experience in animation- and related industries, as well as the challenges they faced.One of those was the high cost of hardware, especially since it changed every several months. Another challenge was that distribution of technologies such as virtual reality was not happening at scale.Rick Treweek of animation company Alt Reality had advice about changing technologies. “[If you have to create something for a client] bank on the concept.“Hardware changes fast. So don’t just develop games for Nokia, but rather games for phones.”Panelist James Gaydon of Don Doo Studios, which specialises in virtual reality, augmented reality and animation, said his company focused on providing training resources for mining companies.For example, said Gaydon, it had created a 3D virtual reality training system for Anglo American that showed what tools should be used underground.“With this model, we took the employees out of dangerous spaces – they didn’t have to go underground to do the training. It makes the training less stressful, because they are not in a dangerous space,” said Gaydon.“Virtual reality is an incredible technology.”Most of the panelists agreed that they foresaw corporates using more of augmented reality versus virtual reality – augmented reality is used with Pokemon Go and virtual reality is used with the film Avatar.You can use augmented reality with a smartphone and you will still see your surroundings, but with virtual reality when you put on the goggles, you are placed within a virtual world – cut off from reality.Other topics discussed at the conference included “Sonic visions: Understanding new collaborations in film, design and music” and “Culture and innovation, a Pan-African Conversion”.Source: Fak’ugesiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television. The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, is based on a British miniseries called “House of Cards,” that starred Ian Richardson as a Machievellian prime minister. Deadline Hollywood reported that Netflix could pay more than $100 million as part of a deal for 26 episodes, allegedly outbidding HBO and AMC. A two-season deal is somewhere between uncommon and unheard of (most series are given funding for a pilot first) and are no doubt part of the appeal for MRC. DH pointed out that the 14-year-old company, though a leader in streaming video rental, has competition. “(Netflix) has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly.”Netflix is said to be deep in conversation and negotiation with a number of different Hollywood production houses to act as first point of distribution for new series and movies. This deal may also prove to be another step in Netflix’s possible move toward a DVD-free future where all video is delivered online. last_img read more

Look at all the amazing things AI can (and can’t yet) do for lawyers

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Bots#Internet of Things#IoT#lawyers Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Robot lawyers have been getting so much attention lately that AI-and-law thought leaders believe we have reached peak hype. Journalists have responded by toning down their headlines to better manage expectations. For example, last month the New York Times ran an article titled, “A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won’t Replace Lawyers, Yet,” and the ABA Journal gently warned, “The robot lawyers are coming (to help, not to take your jobs).”The Times article explains that automation generally happens task by task. So, even if AI can scan documents and predict which ones will be relevant to a legal case, other tasks such as actually advising a client or appearing in court cannot currently be performed by computers.But for readers who are not well-versed in the law, these articles fail to answer some more foundational questions: What is legal research, anyway? And, if a computer can do the research, why would I still need a human lawyer?To answer those questions, let’s look at a specific technology as an example. The company Casetext recently unveiled a tool called CARA to help lawyers do legal research. CARA stands for Case Analysis Research Assistant (it also means friend in Irish). This rollout coincides with Casetext’s announcement that it has secured $12 million in Series B funding, which will be used in part to further develop their AI capabilities.How does CARA work? The user uploads a legal brief to Casetext’s website; CARA scans the brief and instantly returns a list of relevant cases that the brief failed to cite. I tested it out with a brief I wrote a few years ago when I was still practicing law. CARA’s speed and accuracy are truly astounding. It would have taken me hours of research to come up with the list of cases that CARA generated instantaneously.But for those who have not experienced the drudgery of legal research firsthand, it’s hard to understand what this all means. Readers may be wondering, What is a “relevant case” and why is it so important to make sure you didn’t miss one?See also: Bosch and NVIDIA create a supercomputer for self-driving AITo appreciate the impact of tools like CARA, it’s important to have an understanding of how our legal system works. (Even if this was covered in a civics class at some point, most of us could use a refresher.) When a dispute ends up in court, the judge writes a decision resolving the case. Courts publish these decisions and they are collectively referred to as “case law.”Our legal system is based on the principle of stare decisis, a Latin term meaning that cases should be decided consistently so that similar situations will yield similar results. Accordingly, when a dispute ends up in court, the lawyers and judge involved in the case look to older case law to see if the issue has been decided before. If it has, the older case will act as a precedent and the judge will follow its reasoning in deciding the current dispute.Or, one of the lawyers may argue that the current situation is different enough from the older case to justify a different result. Even if there is a statute or regulation that seems to directly address the subject matter of a dispute, there may still be case law interpreting the language of the statute or regulation—filling in gaps or explaining how that rule applies to specific situation. In other words, no matter what type of dispute you have, it’s important to search all of the case law to see what judges have said about similar disputes in the past.Enormous potential time savingsBefore computers, cases were published in volumes organized chronologically. Lawyers would use the index to find cases relevant to their current dispute. This took time—lots of time. Even with the advent of computer databases such as Lexis Nexis and Westlaw, researching case law was still laborious because you had to try a lot of different word combinations to make sure you weren’t missing a case where a judge used slightly different terminology. Or your search term might be very common and you’d have to read through a lot of cases to find the ones that were most similar to your dispute.CARA makes this process exponentially faster; she “reads” your brief so she understands the context of your dispute, and then she instantly searches a database of millions of cases and tells you which ones are relevant to your dispute—but she’ll omit the cases you cited in the brief, since you clearly know about those already.As amazing as CARA is, however, the truth is that doing the case-law research is only part of the battle. If you’re involved in a court dispute, someone still needs to write the brief and show up in court to summarize the brief orally for the judge (among other tasks). There are companies out there, such as ROSS Intelligence, that are testing AI-assisted brief writing, but we’re still a ways off from robots showing up in court and talking to the judge.In sum, lawyers perform a variety of complicated tasks. Computers can already do some of these tasks much better than humans—but not all of the tasks. Until that happens—or until we make lawyers’ jobs less complicated (perhaps an even more challenging task given the power of inertia)—we will still need human lawyers to wield these impressive AI-powered tools.This article is part of our bots landscape series. You can download a high resolution version of the landscape featuring 197 companies here. Alexandra Devendra Follow the Pucklast_img read more