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REGULATED INDUSTRIES COMMISSION
The Regulated Industries Commission (RIC) is a regulatory body, established by Act
No. 26 of 1998, to regulate the Water and Electricity Sectors. The Commission is cur-
rently seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced individual to fill the posi-
ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, the Assistant Executive Director -- Technical
Operations is accountable for the management of the regulatory process involved with
the oversight of the utility sectors' operations. The incumbent acts as the Commission's
technical expert for these sectors.
Nature & Scope
The Assistant Executive Director -- Technical Operations develops recommendations
for licence conditions, standards and ensures compliance, and maintains primary work-
ing relationships between the utility providers and the Commission on operating and
service delivery issues.
Applicants are invited to view full details of the position on the RIC's website:
Applications together with documentary evidence of Academic Qualifications, Training
and Experience and the names and contact numbers of two (2) referees should reach:
The Manager, Human Resources and Administration
Regulated Industries Commission
c/o Furness House, 3rdFloor
Cor. Wrightson Road and Independence Square
PORT OF SPAIN
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Closing date: March 24, 2014
We thank all applicants for their interest in joining the RIC but advise that only candi-
dates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Americans of all ages still pay heed
to serious news even as they seek
out the lighter stuff, choosing their
own way across a media landscape
that no longer relies on front pages
and evening newscasts to dictate
what s worth knowing, according to
a new study from the Media Insight
The findings burst the myth of the
media "bubble"---the idea that no one
pays attention to anything beyond a
limited sphere of interest, like celebri-
ties or college basketball or Facebook
"This idea that somehow we re all
going down narrow paths of interest
and that many people are just sort
of amusing themselves to death and
not interested in the news and the
world around them? That is not the
case," said Tom Rosenstiel, executive
director of the American Press Insti-
tute, which teamed with the Associ-
ated Press-NORC Center for Public
Affairs Research on the project.
Americans today are nibbling from
a news buffet spread across 24-hour
television, websites, radio, newspapers
and magazines, and social networks.
Three-fourths of Americans see or
hear news daily, including six of ten
adults under age 30, the study found.
Nearly everyone---about nine in ten
people---said they enjoy keeping up
with the news. And more than six in
ten say that wherever they find the
news, they prefer it to come directly
from a news organisation.
The study found relatively few dif-
ferences by age, political leanings or
wealth when it comes to the topics
people care about.
Traffic and weather are nearly uni-
versal interests. Majorities express
interest in natural disasters, local
news, politics, the economy, crime
and foreign coverage.
With so many sources and tech-
nologies, 60 per cent of Americans
say it s easier to keep up than it was
just five years ago.
But at the same time, Jane Hall, an
associate professor of journalism at
American University, said no one is
setting the national news agenda the
way The New York Times and net-
work evening news once did.
"I do lament those times in which
something could become so important
that we all watched," Hall said. "But
that doesn t mean we aren t all
If you re under 30, the future of
news is in your hands, literally.
Three out of four young adults who
carry cellphones use them to check
Most owners of tablet computers
also use them to get updates; young
people are the ones most likely to
But the young think of news dif-
ferently than previous generations
did, said Rachel Davis Mersey, an
associate professor at Northwestern s
Medill School of Journalism. Their
broader definition includes anything
happening right now, whether it s
sports or entertainment or politics.
"We don t see young people think-
ing of it as a civic obligation to keep
up with news," Mersey said.
"We see young people including
news as part of a very complex, very
diverse, very large media diet that
includes a diversity of sources, a
diversity of platforms and really goes
The Media Insight Project study
found that 20-somethings are likelier
to follow up when they hear some-
thing big is happening.
"They re the sort of on-demand
news generation," Rosenstiel said.
Americans get that first word an
assortment of ways. Traditional news
operations still dominate, but word
of mouth, e-mail and text messages,
Facebook and Twitter, and electronic
news alerts also come into play.
Most people say they have more
confidence in a story when they get
it directly from a news-gathering
But their media habit doesn t
include paying for it---only about a
fourth have paid subscriptions.
Nine out of ten watched some type
of TV news in the previous week.
Newspapers, including online editions,
and radio news each reached more
than half the country.
Online-only news sources such as
Yahoo! News and Buzzfeed reached
People flit across the news land-
scape, depending on what they re
seeking, the study found.
Wonder why local newscasts seem
fixated on crime, traffic, weather and
health warnings? That s why viewers
Cable TV channels draw the most
people looking for foreign news, pol-
itics, social issues and business sto-
Readers prefer newspapers---online
or in print---for local news, stories
about schools and education, and arts
and culture coverage. Among news
sources, newspapers have the widest
range of topics that attract a signif-
icant number of people.
Americans most often turn to spe-
cialty media these days for their
sports, entertainment news, and sci-
ence and technology coverage. When
a natural disaster strikes, they turn
on the TV.
The survey was conducted January
9 through February 16, 2014, by
NORC at the University of Chicago
with funding from the American Press
Institute. It involved landline and cell-
phone interviews in English or Span-
ish with 1,492 adults nationwide.
Results from the full survey have a
margin of sampling error of plus or
minus 3.6 percentage points. (AP)
People still want
Three-fourths of Americans see
or hear news daily, including six
of ten adults under age 30, the
In this December 6, 2013 file photo, a subway rider in New York reads a newspaper featuring news of the
death of South African leader Nelson Mandela. Americans of all ages still pay heed to serious news according
to a new study from the Media Insight Project. AP PHOTO
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