As 2014 Special Senatorial Election Results Finally Emerge Ellen Loses ‘Majority’ in Senate

first_imgThe final results of the just ended Special Senatorial Election seem to foreshadow a steep journey ahead for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as many of her fellow partisans who fought unsuccessfully to maintain their incumbency in the Senate will no longer be around.Among the 12 senators that stood for reelection, only two return, causing the Executive Mansion to lose about seven strong confidants from the team which was considered “the engine of Madam Sirleaf’s legislative success story” on Capitol Hill.Even though senators Isaac W. Nyenabo, Frederick D.Cherue and Cletus S. Wortoson of Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Grand Kru counties, respectively, did not seek reelection, their absence from the Senate clearly indicates the difficult circumstances the President has to struggle with while trying to make new friends in an effort to replace them.Particularly for Senator Isaac Nyenabo, who now leads Liberia’s agenda at the level of Ambassador to the European Union (EU) and Brussels, Madam Sirleaf will certainly miss his skillfull navigation of the Legislature and ability to lobby to manipulate and achieve the interest of the President.Losing the three influential personalities may not pain the presidency so much as losing a stalwart and “diehard” supporter like Gbehzohngar M. Findley of Grand Bassa County.  Senator Findley, who served for the past several years as President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, collected 10,306 votes amounting to 36.3% from behind leader, Jonathan L. Kaipay who got 16,296 or 57.4%.  This could spell real “danger” for President Sirleaf’s legislative agenda, something which is greatly needed in order to revive an already staggering legacy before the end of her second and final term in 2017.Kaipay comes from the Liberty Party, an organization believed to share a ‘mutual window’ with the Unity Party regime; and with that, many believe that winning him to the President’s side may just be a matter of time.With the arrival of pretty ‘unfamiliar’ but critical faces in the Liberian Senate for the third sitting of the 53rd Legislature, Madam Sirleaf is struggling to establish herself amongst the new senators-elect before they take seats in January 2015. According to reliable sources, the President’s Office has been engaged with placing calls to  few senators-elect and having lengthy discussions, while the National Elections Commission (NEC) has been chased for contact details of other senators-elect with whom the President does not have close interaction.Lofa County Senator Sumo G. Kupee, formerly of Unity Party, was reportedly ill-treated by UP, forcing him to seek refuge in the People’s Unification Party (PUP).  He lost to Stephen J. H. Zargo, 6,288 to 12,797.As for Maryland County John A. Ballout, one of the President’s closest confidants, who could not retain his seat, went down to former Superintendent Gbleh-bo Brown 877 to 5,192 votes. Even though UP could not give him their support, but the former UP Senator Jonathan J. Banney, a friend of Madam Sirleaf, could not stop Representative Francis Paye of National Democratic Congress (NDC) from clinching victory with 1,959 votes of the 9,176 votes cast.Margibi Senator Clarice Jah couldn’t do much to showcase her dominance as the Liberty Party seat was surrendered to new comer, Womba J. Tornonlah 7,893 to 1,967. Senator Jah chaired the Senate Executive Committee, a position she used to get closer to Madam Sirleaf.However, the Executive Committee position might likely return to presidential control with the arrival of Daniel Naatehn, who beat incumbent Theodore Momo 3,962 to 1,431 of votes cast.Interestingly, UP chairman Varney G. Sherman secured victory in Grand Cape Mount County with 13,651 votes, thereby placing him in a comfortable position to lead the Senate as President Pro-Tempore.The charisma is there, but old senators are skeptical of his alignment with Madam Sirleaf and believe offering him the job might be a replica of Findley, who was many times threatened with removal based on his ties with the Chief Executive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norway urged to invest in ‘green’ Africa

first_img5 September 2011 South African President Jacob Zuma, speaking at a business forum in Oslo during a two-day state visit last week, said Norway could play a major role in helping Africa respond to climate change by investing in the continent’s “green” economy. Zuma said such investments would lead to a cleaner environment and sustainable economic development on the African continent. “Norway has the capacity and resources to make a significant contribution to the green economy, including renewable energy, parts and equipment for technology. “South Africa would welcome such investment and would like to partner Norwegian companies,” he said. Since international trade was a key tool for boosting economic growth and job creation, the government was encouraged by the progress in trade relations with Norway. Zuma was accompanied by several Cabinet ministers on his state visit last week. South Africa’s trade with Norway has increased significantly over the past five years, doubling from R963-million in 2006, to more than R3-billion in 2010. This growth was driven by a major increase in South African exports to Norway, with South Africa becoming a net exporter to Norway in 2007. Zuma indicated that South African companies would like to partner with Norwegian companies in the oil and gas, environment and marine technology, innovation and knowledge-based industries. South Africa and Norway should also co-operate on climate issues ahead of the COP 17 summit in Durban later this year, he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

News Registry: The Associated Press is Watching

first_imgThe Associated Press is set to create a news registry to protect their online content from copyright violations. The organization amassed critics on the issue after a number of DMCA take down notices were issued to bloggers who had linked to the AP, used their headlines or paraphrased AP stories. One such blogging network, the Drudge Retort, was asked to remove seven items containing AP quotes. Nevertheless, after prominent bloggers created an uproar on the matter and claimed fair use on the content, the AP backed down. In a conversation with the New York Times, AP spokesman Jim Kennedy said, “We don’t want to cast a pall over the blogosphere by being heavy-handed, so we have to figure out a better and more positive way to do this” It appears the news registry is the AP’s answer. After seeing the AP apologize for its initial DMCA take down to the Drudge Retort, bloggers may have expected a simple set of blogging standards; however, under the new registry, the organization goes much further. The AP’s content will be attached to a digital-permissions framework and monitored for its usage. This means that every time a blogger uses AP materials, they’ll be alerted to its permissions and someone will be watching to see that it’s being used correctly. AP posts will actually bare pop ups with permissions and sources. The system also allows the organization to gain proof of what it defines as violations in order to enforce its copyright policies. And how policies are enforced will most definitely determine if Kennedy’s comment about heavy-handedness was bona fide. A slide show of the system is available here. While this is perhaps one of the first major news organizations to codify and automate the tracking of copyright violations on the web, several large organizations employ automated tracking to protect their content from misappropriation. In particular, photo organizations such as Getty and Corbis have worked with PicScout’s Image Tracker for a number of years to seek out and confront copyright infringers. However, where Getty and Corbis can make clear claims to their licensed stock photography, the AP’s claims to news-related content is blurry. Still, the blogosphere will have to tread lightly when it comes to using AP-related sources. dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#news#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

4,208 people sought Padma for Dera chief

first_imgMore than 4,200 people recommended ‘Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’ for a Padma award in 2017, while the self-styled godman and now rape convict proposed his own name for the honour five times.According to the list of recommendations or nominations for the Padma Awards 2017, the Union Home Ministry received 18,768 applications.The highest — 4,208 recommendations — including two from ‘Saintgorge William Sonet’ and ‘India Saintgorge’, both from Hissar in Haryana, were received for conferring any one of the three Padma awards on the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief, reveal documents accessed by PTI.All for GurmeetAll recommendations were marked in the name of ‘Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’, also known as ‘rockstar baba’ and ‘guru of bling’, and almost all had come from Sirsa in Haryana, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda.Self-recommendationGurmeet Ram Rahim, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two followers this week, recommended himself five times. While his address was given as Sirsa thrice, on the other two applications, he gave Hissar in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, as his address.The overwhelming majority of those who recommended the Dera chief’s name for the highest civilian honour in the country used single names like Abha, Aditya, Akbar, Alfez, Baljinder, Milky, Gajal Komal, Jony, Jesse and Ishwar.Padma awards seek to recognise exceptional achievements in art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, civil service, trade and industry.last_img read more