No-confidence resolutionChief Justice (ag) Roxane George’s rulings upholding the validity of the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion has sparked mixed reactions from the public and several stakeholder bodies are calling on the nation to accept the court’s decisions.On Thursday, Justice George ruled that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018 and that the absolute majority of the 65 seats in the National Assembly is 33 and not 34 as contended by Government. She also noted that while former coalition Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud should not have been a sitting parliamentarian because of his dual citizenship, at the time of his vote on the motion, he was a valid MP hence his vote was valid.Moreover, the Chief Justice in her decision on a separate matter filed by Christopher Ram said the President and the Cabinet should have resigned immediately upon the passage of the motion but remain in office until elections are held.Hours after these rulings, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) called on the entire nation, including political parties, to respect the court’s decisions.In a statement, the PSC went on to urge the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), “to fulfil its constitutional obligation to hold itself ready to conduct General Elections as is required by the Constitution as a result of the No- confidence Motion, that is, within 90 days of the motion, unless otherwise extended by a two-thirds majority of the Parliament.”The Private Sector umbrella body further called on the elections body to immediately declare its position on this question as a matter of public interest and necessity.While the Opposition also believes that Government should adhere to the court rulings, the coalition has insisted it will be appealing the decision at the Court of Appeal since Thursday’s decisions were not in favour of its position with regard to the vote on December 21, 2018.Government’s move to appeal was supported by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), which said in a statement on Thursday that exhausting a legal resource is a constitutional option afford to the Government.Recognising that the proceedings will extract high tension and emotional reactions, the GTUC urge persons to desist from any actions that besmirch the character of the learned and upstanding Judge.Moreover, the Union went on to repeat calls for Government and the Opposition to work together to keep the nation intact through this phase, while keeping the citizenry mindful of the tension, both internal and external, threatening the country’s peace and stability.“Citizens are also urged to hold all politicians, civic society and those who engender to engulf this nation in any acts of mayhem or terror accountable for their well-being and safety at this point in time. So far our society is holding up well in pursuing this legal recourse and we must continue to do so cognisant that at the end of the day, we still have a nation to build, and a destiny to mould. We are still one people, interdependent and connected by a shared history. This is as defining a time as many historical landmarks in our political struggles,” the GTUC said in the missive.
richard macmanus It’s All Semantics: Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic WebThe State of Linked Data in 2010Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009ReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-LeeSemantic Web Patterns: A Guide to Semantic Technologies Yesterday we wrote about the increasing usage of Semantic Web technologies by large commercial companies like Facebook, Google and Best Buy. The Semantic Web is a Web of added meaning, which ultimately enables smarter and more personalized web apps to be built. In this post we explore how a leading U.S. retailer, Best Buy, is using a Semantic Web markup language called RDFa to add semantics to its webpages. This is not just an academic exercise for Best Buy. As we will see, semantic technology has already led to increased traffic and better service to its customers. We spoke to Jay Myers, Lead Web Development Engineer at BestBuy.com, to find out how. ReadWriteWeb’s Guide to The Semantic Web: Tags:#conferences#e-commerce#NYT#Semantic Web#SemTech 2010#Structured Data#web Myers remarked that “there isn’t a noticeable difference” to the users of Best Buy’s website, however all of the RDFa data is very visible to humans via search engine results and its store locator tool. The RDFa data is “also great for machines,” said Myers, which has resulted in “a definite up tick in the amount of search traffic to these pages.” At last week’s SemTech conference, Myers said that it had resulted in a 30% increase in search traffic. He noted that Best Buy hadn’t expected to see an SEO benefit, but it’s been a boon to them since the company is “very reliant on search engines” for product discovery and store locations. With Jay Myers at the development wheel, Best Buy’s web presence will continue to be enhanced by the Semantic Web. RDFa can ultimately create rich relationships between products, which will in turn “create a deeper visibility to additional products” when a customer is shopping.That seems like a distinct competitive advantage for Best Buy. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Myers told us that the primary goal of using semantic technologies was to increase the visibility of its products and services. And with data such as store name,address,store hours andGEO data being marked up using RDFa, search engines are now able to identify each of those data components more easily and put them into context.A quick refresher on the terminology: just as the lingua franca of the Web is HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), RDF (Resource Description Framework) is commonly thought of as the primary language of the Semantic Web. RDFa is a kind of ‘lite’ version of RDF, which adds metadata to HTML (or XHTML) webpages.The process of adding RDFa to Best Buy’s webpages began two years ago, when the company began to look for ways to get more visibility to its stores on the Web. “At that time,” said Myers, “it was difficult for users to find basic store information like store location and hours.” To solve this dilemma, Best Buy gave each store its own blog. Best Buy employees entered information into the blogs every day, using online forms that output RDFa. Myers told us that the use of RDFa makes “human input from our store employees more visible on the Web.” Best Buy is using Good Relations, a Semantic Web vocabulary for e-commerce that describes product, price, and company data. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market