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COMMUNITY CARE CREDIT UNION CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
Notice is hereby given that the 53rd Annual General Meeting of Community Care Credit
Union Co-operative Society Limited (formerly Lever Brothers WI Credit Union Co-operative
Society Limited) will take place on Saturday 22nd March, 2014 at the Auditorium,
Premier Quality Services Limited, Macoya at 1.00 p.m.
Registration begins at 12.00 noon.
Dated at Curepe this 17th February, 2014
Credential Committee Report
Notice of Meeting
2. Minutes of the 52nd Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 23rd March, 2013
3. Election of Officers
• Board of Directors
• Credit Committee
• Supervisory Committee
• Education Committee
• Financial Statements
5. Budget Proposals
7. General Business
Please note only members, above the age of 18, in Good Financial Standing as defined by Bye
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Members are asked to call and confirm registration for catering purposes.
Bye Law 1a(x) -- A member in "Good Financial Standing" is a member who is neither
delinquent nor inactive.
The Annual Report will be available for collection at the Credit Union from 19th March, 2014.
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Last month Facebook celebrated
its tenth year of existence. Ini-
tially conceived as a university
networking site for sharing past
papers and hangover remedies, it
quickly morphed into an organ-
ism which now dominates the
world, forever upending the way
we communicate. It is estimated
that there are just over a billion
users of Facebook on a planet
inhabited by roughly seven billion
It is inevitable that in a new
online world, where evolution is
achieved in a timescale of
months, not millennia, a marked
shift can be observed in the
nature of Facebook interactions in
Having had its genesis here as
a conduit for interactions sus-
taining relationships too difficult
to maintain in the real world, this
social networking phenomenon
was a godsend for many people:
keeping in touch with dear
friends in the frigid north, shar-
ing news of the brand-new baby.
Facebook is a living entity, so
no one should expect that it
would stay this way forever.
What it has become, however, is
Crowding the newsfeed now
are self-appointed news and
political analysts, gossipmongers
masquerading as concerned citi-
zens and provocateurs spoiling
for a fight 24/7.
Where there are insufficient
confirmed facts about an emerg-
ing situation, many inhabitants of
Facebook resort to "reporting"
the news in the form of a ques-
tion. It could look a little some-
thing like: "So that missing child,
was she killed?"
There are also the Internet
trolls, individuals with a lot of
free time who post controversial
suppositions aimed at pulling
unsuspecting individuals into a
pointless, never-ending heated
I have fallen prey to this
myself. Some time ago I
responded to an individual who
posted a remark about me.
Determined to defend my reputa-
tion, I tumbled headfirst into the
trap and this argument had the
uncanny lifespan of three days!
It was three days before I
realised that three days was just
the beginning of how much time
the offending individual was pre-
pared to commit to this enter-
There are people who post
incendiary comments online and
when they get no traction, com-
ment on their own comments!
So basically, chattering to them-
selves like a caged parrot.
All of this content has con-
tributed to making the social
networking site seem like a truly
cacophonous environment filled
with embittered individuals.
Interestingly, I suspect that the
temperaments of these individu-
als have been shaped by the
Facebook environment itself.
A recent study by researchers
at Yale, the University of Califor-
nia and Facebook suggests that
moods, like a virus, can spread
through social media sites. It is
not unusual if you think about
it---ever spend 30 minutes with a
depressive friend and come away
feeling like your dog just died?
Well, Facebook can have the
same effect, except on a much
Using the weather as a starting
point, the researchers examined
the patterns of Facebook posts
when it rained.
In inclement weather, it was
found that negative Facebook
posts increased by 1.16 per cent
and positive posts declined by
1.19 per cent.
Now this is the interesting bit:
they looked at the posts of peo-
ple who were friends with those
affected by the rain but were not
affected by the rain themselves.
It was determined that every
sad post boosted negative posts
among these friends by 1.29 per
In other words, the contagion
of those brought down by grey
weather had an appreciable
impact on people whose circum-
stances were different.
I ve observed that many indi-
viduals, whose lives (at least from
the point of my having come to
know them online) on Facebook
began as cheery, inspired exis-
tences, have changed dramatical-
ly.Now, their personas are typified
by regularly updated rants on
everything from politics to disap-
As an unstructured experiment,
I have been following the reac-
tions I get to both negative and
A positive post like a video of
Cepep workers toiling away at an
important task generated almost
When I posted a picture of
traffic congestion due to incon-
siderate parking there were
almost 60 comments.
The aforementioned study
posits that positive posts generate
stronger reactions. They may
want to round out their research
with a look at the Trini experi-
I ve constructed a theory from
Many people, having failed to
attract significant attention on
Facebook with positive posts,
have resorted to a pattern of
negative posts which invariably
chalk up the comments.
People are on Facebook to
interact with others and online
ranting is perhaps the most
effective way of drawing people
into the experience.
What this does, however, is
create a toxic environment for
others who haven t the stomach
for such conversation.
On the newsfeed, the turnover
is so rapid that an interesting
article or comment can disappear
within seconds, only to be
replaced by someone bitching
about the latest social carbuncle.
A great many people with
whom I once interacted have
closed the Facebook for good, fed
up, no doubt, with the place it
Change in the world of Face-
book is constant. For the
moment, however, it is just such
a dreary place to be.
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