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Bong Senatorial Race Intensifies

first_imgAs Liberia’s midterm senatorial elections draw nearer, at least six of Bong County’s eminent citizens from its lower districts have declared their intentions to contest the senatorial post.The would-be Bong County senatorial aspirants made the declaration over the weekend in Salala Town, Salala District, at a mass citizens’ meeting.The meeting was organized through the conglomeration of 3 districts including Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah.It was intended to unite the citizens; particularly in the 3 districts. These districts hope to take their rightful position in the decision making process of their county and help foster development.Several distinguished personalities from opposition political parties in Liberia, including the standard bearer of the Movement for Progressive Change, Mr. Simeon Freeman; presidential aspirant of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Benoni Urey; and others attended the meeting.Those making declarations of intent are: incumbent senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Joseph O. Clinton, Andrew S. Allakamenin, Mannis B. Howard, James Gbarbea and former Salala District lawmaker Martin Kerkula.These individuals are expected to go through the primary of their umbrella organization “SASAFU” (Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah) in order to qualify for support.Speaking at the meeting, the acting chairman of SASAFU, Momo Tehmeh, clarified that the 3 districts have resolved to unite to support a particular candidate of their choice.“In order to change and improve this age-old scenario (meaning traditional of Upper Bong Citizens in political positions) and to capture the needed developmental attention to improve the standard of living of thousand of Lower Bong citizens we have unanimously agreed to unite in striving for social, economic and political development,” he explained to his audience at the meeting.He said that with all the vast potential in Lower Bong it still remains one of the most underdeveloped areas in the county.According to Tehmeh, it is important that citizens in Lower Bong receive equal participation in the political leadership of the county.“Our advocacy is a process that is participatory, constructive and inclusive. It is designed to develop a shared vision for the betterment of our people,” he reiterated.He said that SASAFU will remain a strong force in sensitizing the citizens to make decent decisions that will transform their lives.“We will ensure that we select the right person to support in this senatorial race. Those who do not get the approval of the organization should understand that they are not the people choice,” he stressed.Although Tehmeh did not state the exact time for the primary, he assured all present that it would be transparent.“The primary will involve the participation of the elders, youths and local authorities of the 3 districts. Whoever is selected would be judged from their past performance in working with the citizens over the years. We will not elect a leader on the basis of financial status, rather, they would be chosen for their credibility,” he clarified. He used the occasion to call on his fellow citizens to unite and bring development to the 3 districts.Launching the SASAFU’s membership fund drive, CDC presidential aspirant, Benoni Urey, said that the establishment of SASAFU was a step in the right direction.“Small ideas can bring about great achievements, so I want to thank you for coming together as citizens from different districts with the shared goal of development,” he said.He urged the citizens not to be distracted in their vision and to work harder in bringing about transformation in the county.Mr. Urey further warned them to make good political decisions that would move their districts forward.“The political arena will be crowded with lots of people, so you must be careful in your selection,” he cautioned.For his part, the standard bearer of the Movement for Democratic Change, Simeon Freeman, called on members of SASAFU to decentralize its activities in the 3 districts.“By doing so the organization would always have a voice in whatever developments are taking place in the county,” he said.Mr. Freeman also used the meeting to sound a strong warning for the citizens not to betray their districts through the election of the wrong person. If the citizens of Lower Bong succeed at supporting a single candidate in the coming senatorial race, it is expected that individual would join seven other candidates in Upper Bong County contesting the post.At the same time, incumbent senator, Jewel Taylor stated at the meeting in Salala that she welcomes all other candidates to contest her position.Senator Taylor, who hails from Sanoyea District, told citizens from the 3 districts that she will be looking for their support in her re-election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen, Cabinet on Last Lap

first_imgThe Executive branch of government gathered over the weekend to deliberate on how to end its administration on a high note by implementing tangible projects as legacies for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The 2016 Cabinet Retreat, a two-day event, took place in Julijuah, Bomi County, the paternal home of the President, who was in attendance, along with Vice President Joseph Boakai, the cabinet and their principal deputies.The gathering was what appeared to be one of the last cabinet retreats by the Unity Party (UP) led government toward the end of its twelve-year rule.The cabinet has set a 20-month (five hundred and ninety two days) timeline of ambitious but attainable targets to ensure that the Sirleaf administration fulfills the major promises made to the Liberian people. Those targets focus on energy, roads connecting capitals of the counties, health, education and many more.President Sirleaf was blunt in her brief statement to officially open the retreat. She demanded “very honest” presentations from her cabinet officials, stressing that the purpose of the retreat was to look carefully at what government would accomplish in the next 20 months.“We would like for the meeting to be focused, to be able to identify results in the timeframe,” she said on Thursday. “We would like for people to be very honest in their presentations so we know where the obstacles are.” President Sirleaf added that government intends to find the means to overcome whatever the challenges are.As the transition gets closer, President Sirleaf said she wants her cabinet members to see themselves as team players who will enable the government to achieve its objectives so that everyone takes the credit at the end of the day. “The aim is toward accomplishing something for which everyone will be able to take credit and say we were able to get this done in the timeframe.”The President strongly spoke against “thieves in the government and the show of power by officials” “This is not the time for thief or show of power. We must be honest and committed in what we do,” she warned.Reporters were not allowed in the working sessions of the retreat, but were later briefed by the Minister of Information, Cultural affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Lenn Eugene Nagbe.Minister Nagbe said the retreat was meant to review what government has been able to achieve, where there have been difficulties, as well as set attainable goals for the remaining years of its tenure.He disclosed that presentations were made by several officials, including Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo; Minister of Public Works, William Gyude Moore; Minister of Health, Bernice Dahn; and the Managing Director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, among others.Regarding the energy sector, Minister Nagbe said considerable progress has been made in the sector with the Mount Coffee Hydro plant at the center of progress. He also spoke about the coming online of the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Plant that would see over 8,000 households being connected to electricity in the Gardnersville, Paynesville and Congo Town areas.“When you generate power you have to connect to homes and businesses and this is what the government is doing with the HFO Plant,” he explained.He further noted that Minister Moore provided the meeting with a consistent briefing on progress at his ministry, specifically about roads that would be connecting the capitals of counties. He indicated that the asphalt road from Gbarnga to the Guinea border has been completed and would be dedicated by President Sirleaf very soon.Director of the Cabinet, Jordan Sulunteh, at the end of the retreat, urged his colleagues to be more committed to all of the targets that had been set and noted that they should be more concerned with leaving a legacy for the president and the government come 2018, when they should have turned power over to a newly elected administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Report: Geffen, Zell talk about possible Times sale

first_imgCHICAGO – Movie and music mogul David Geffen is negotiating with Sam Zell on a possible deal for the Los Angeles Times following Zell’s successful bid for Tribune Co., a published report said Thursday. Geffen has spoken with Zell since the Chicago real-estate magnate’s $8.2 billion deal to acquire Tribune was announced Monday and is optimistic he could gain control of the Times in either a spinoff or joint-venture partnership, The Washington Post reported, citing an unidentified source familiar with Geffen’s thinking. The report quoted Geffen as saying Wednesday: “Yes, I continue to want to buy the Los Angeles Times.” Representatives for Zell and Geffen declined to comment Thursday. The Los Angeles Times is the largest of Tribune’s nine daily newspapers that will change hands later this year under the deal, which calls for Zell to invest $315 million and take on $5 billion in existing company debt while converting the company to employee ownership. Zell has indicated he does not intend to break up the company, aside from selling the Chicago Cubs baseball team. But analysts have said the Times or other assets still could be sold if they attract premium prices that would compensate for any additional tax burden, or in staged, tax-free spinoffs. Under employee stock ownership, Tribune will gain tax benefits that would enable Zell to sell individual assets with fewer tax penalties, said Lisa Van Fleet, leader of the employee benefits practice group at Bryan Cave, a law firm specializing in labor law. Geffen’s original $2 billion offer for the Times was rejected by Tribune in November. The California billionaire, who founded DreamWorks SKG studios with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, has said he thinks the Times should feature more local coverage and improve its national and foreign reports and opinion pages. Two other Southern California billionaires whose offer for Tribune was rejected, Eli Broad and Ronald Burkle, have met with their advisers this week amid speculation that they could make a new offer. The Zell deal, which carries a breakup fee of only $25 million, isn’t expected to close until the fourth quarter. Analyst Dave Novosel of Gimme Credit, a research service specializing in corporate bonds, pegs the Times’ value at as much as $2.4 billion and says unloading it without a tax burden would make sense, since there is little synergy between the Times and Tribune’s other newspapers. “Clearly a sale of the Chicago Cubs will not be sufficient to significantly reduce the massive leverage that will be implemented at Tribune,” he wrote in a research note Thursday. Under the Zell deal, debt at Tribune is expected to almost triple to $13.4 billion. Besides newspapers and the Cubs, Tribune’s holdings include 23 television stations as well as Internet ventures. Tribune shares rose 7 cents in Thursday’s trading to close at $32.83 on the New York Stock Exchange.160Want 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

Manchester United set to complete deal for French teen sensation

first_img Aliou Badara Traore is on his way to Old Trafford 1 Manchester United have won the race for teen star Aliou Badara Traore, according to reports in France.The 16-year-old has been tipped for a big future and spent time at Paris Saint-Germain’s academy before joining Sarcelles last season.Traore is set to be on the move again now though as, according to L’Equipe, he has agreed to join Manchester United.The midfielder has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Premier League giants and will join their youth set up.Signing Traore will be seen as a coup for United as several other top European clubs had also expressed an interest.last_img read more


first_imgFORMER LIVERPOOL and Ireland star Ray Houghton is under pressure to pull out of a TV show because it is sponsored by The Sun newspaper.The Glasgow-born ex-player, who chose to play for Ireland because of huge family links to Buncrana, is under intense pressure with Ronnie Whelan to leave the RTE programme.The two former Liverpool and Ireland players are being criticised by supporters of the club because of their involvement in the planned live screening of Premier Soccer Sunday on May 1, sponsored by the paper. The Sun is still held in contempt by Liverpool supporters for the manner in which it reported the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough, 22 years ago last week.Four days after the tragedy the paper claimed fans had picked the pockets of victims, urinated on police and beat up a policeman trying to resuscitate a victim. Those allegations were subsequently retracted and an apology issued 15 years later, but the feelings still run deep and a large-scale boycott of the newspaper continues in Liverpool.“Their appearance says to Liverpool supporters that there has been a softening of the stance when there hasn’t been any softening,” Jim Boardman of anfieldroad.com told the Sunday Independent.“We’ve boycotted The Sun for 22 years. We’re still waiting for justice for the 96 fans who died and I believe that the stories that appeared in The Sun in 1989 have contributed to the families not receiving justice. I would have expected better from a couple of our old heroes.” Ger Kane, a Liverpool fan from Summerhill, Co Meath, echoed those views: “To have two Liverpool players who played that day in Hillsborough to be associated with The Sun really hurts. Ronnie Whelan was captain that day. He knows what this means. They both attended funerals of those who died. I would be amazed if they weren’t aware of it. They shouldn’t have anything to do with that paper.”Fans might hold a protest outside RTE’s Montrose studios on the night.Houghton, in Dublin at the weekend to appear on Premier Soccer Saturday, also said it was the first he had heard about it.“I haven’t a clue,” he said. “I’ll obviously have to think about it. I’ll have to speak to RTE about it and see what’s going on. I’ll have to find out about that.”RAY HOUGHTON UNDER PRESSURE TO PULL OUT OF RTE SHOW was last modified: April 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:buncranaHillsborough disasterRay HoughtonThe Sunlast_img read more

Boost for Mourinho as Pogba and Lukaku return to Manchester United training

first_img Pogba and Lukaku returned to Carrington on Monday Lukaku’s Belgium reached the semi-final stage (and therefore played in the third-place play-off) where they were beaten by Pogba’s France.France then went on to beat Croatia 4-2 in the final and so Paul Pogba returns to Old Trafford as a world champion. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade IN DEMAND England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won boost possible standings Pogba enjoyed well-earned celebrations with the trophy silverware 2 gameday cracker center_img Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have handed Jose Mourinho a boost by returning to training on Monday.The pair are back late as a result of their countries’ long-lasting participation at the 2018 World Cup. Latest Manchester United News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United boss Mourinho has expressed his frustrations throughout his team’s pre-season preparations at the fact his side were missing key figures.They finished pre-season with an underwhelming performance in a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.However, the duo are now back training for the Red Devils ahead of the new Premier League season.United kick off proceedings at home to Leicester on Friday night. RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland smart causal deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielderlast_img read more

Marin set to complete move from Chelsea

first_imgMarko Marin is close to completing a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor from Chelsea.The Germany international, 26, has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since being signed from Werder Bremen three years ago.Marin then signed a five-year contract but has made only 15 appearances for Chelsea, scoring one goal.Last season he was on loan at Fiorentina and then Anderlecht. He has also had a spell on loan at Sevilla.See also:Cuadrado expected to complete move to JuventusFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

OFBF annual meeting underway with plenty of policy to discuss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is underway in Columbus and will include a broad policy debate on pertinent agricultural issues and recognition of the efforts of county farm bureaus around the state.“This is an opportunity to recognize the good work of our county farm bureaus. We are a federation, and federations function best when you have strong county farm bureaus,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF Executive Vice President. “It is also always about preparing for tomorrow. We are a policy-oriented organization. From the start, we always thought we could do more for each individual if we work together. We review policy and are looking at what type of business climate we need for our farmers. Today we are more inclusive and we are talking about the relationships between our farmers and our consumers, so the subject matter gets a little broader. This year, for example, we are talking about marijuana because society wants to know more about it. The issues we are talking about have a long tenure and we have to have a community discussion about what is best for the state of Ohio and take it back home.”Ohio Farm Bureau president Steve Hirsch anticipates a number of important and challenging issues on the floor.“We’re going to talk about a lot of policy — water quality, nutrient management, taxes including CAUV, income tax the commercial activity tax and a couple of others. Along with that we will talk about how we want to fund those government services we want to have. We will also talk about some national issues like GMO labeling, transportation, the waters of the U.S. rule, and the produce safety rule,” Hirsch said. “This is grassroots policy developed through the counties. It works its way up from the counties through our policy development committees.”Nearly 350 delegates will finalize the organization’s policy for the coming year. Other issues are expected to include energy development, meat inspection regulations, invasive species and the structure of local governments.In addition, OFBF will elect leaders, conduct leadership training and recognize county Farm Bureaus and individuals for their contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”Attendees will be updated on Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at ofb.ag/97thAnnualMeeting.AUDIOOhio Farm Bureau Executive Director Jack Fisher visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about the importance of this annual event.OFBF Jack FisherLarry Antosch with Ohio Farm Bureau tells Dale about the latest with Water Quality Ohio and the Ohio Water Action Plan.OFBF Healthy Water Ohio H2O Action PlanOFBF’s Leah Curtis has details on CAUV.OFBF Leah Curtis CAUVOhio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch goes over some of the policy that will be covered this year.OFBF Pres Steve HirshTrisha Levering is the President of the Knox County Farm Bureau, which put together a mobile app to help farmers understand new laws and keep in compliance with those regulations.Smart Phone App Water quality Thrisia Leveringlast_img read more

FCC Passes Net Neutrality, Everyone Delighted

first_imgTags:#Features#Government#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 1) Transparency. Consumers and innovators have a right to know the basic performance characteristics of their Internet access and how their network is being managed.2) No Blocking. A right to send and receive lawful traffic. This prohibits blocking of lawful content, apps, services, and the connection of non-harmful devices to the network3) Level Playing Field. A right to a level playing field. A ban on unreasonable discrimination. No approval for so-called “pay for priority” arrangements involving fast lanes for some companies but not others.4) Network Management. An allowance for broadband providers to engage in reasonable network management. These rules don’t forbid providers from offering subscribers tiers of service or charging based on bandwidth consumed.5) Mobile. Broadly applicable rules requiring transparency for mobile broadband providers, and prohibiting them from blocking websites and certain competitive applications.6) Vigilance. Creation of an Open Internet Advisory Committee to assist the Commission in monitoring the state of Internet openness and the effects of our rules.Politico notes the new rules ensure that “[t]raditional wired broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate against any lawful traffic, though no such rule will be put in place for wireless providers.” On the one hand, those who believe companies have a right to govern how they offer their products to consumers may find this freedom to have been abridged by a government too eager to make new rules. On the other hand are those who see the two-tiered pricing structure as a de facto way to block unwanted traffic by increasing the efficiency of its competitors or simply by making it so slow in relationship to “premium” traffic that it cannot stay in business. Both the concept of unreasonableness and the wireless exception may be seen by some as loopholes big enough to drive a truck through. In April a lower court put aside an FCC ruling based on an “informal” attempt to promote net neutrality. It was hoped by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (and the Democratic commissioners who voted with him) that this would be a light touch, net neutral for the most part and enforceable. Regardless, it seems unlikely that a minute will pass after the first FCC action on this order before either the access or the content people file their first motions. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of net neutrality. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If, as some say, a deal can only be called successful when everyone involved leaves the table unsatisfied, then the net neutrality rules approved at a meeting this morning by the Federal Communications Commission may be a success. Under the rules, two years in the making, no provider may block another company’s traffic, however, it may offer “faster” access to companies willing to pay more. Here are the “six key principles” powering the order. curt hopkinslast_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Skyscrapers

first_imgThis tutorial is a great example of what can be achieved using geometrical shapes in Cinema 4D. However, if you are wanting to create more of an ‘irregular’ shaped object, we offer some tips in our recent Realistic Rose Tutorial.If you are interested in learning more about Cinema 4D check out the Cinema4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Got questions about creating a skyscraper building in Cinema4D?Let us know in the comments! Learn to create beautiful 3D model skyscrapers in the following Cinema 4D video tutorial.Although there are a bunch of great online resources for purchasing Cinema 4D objects, building them yourself may offer more customization and doesn’t cost you a thing. In the following exclusive video tutorial I’ll show you how to create skyscraper buildings in Cinema4D.Download the project file and follow along with the tutorial video below:[maxbutton id=”23″]Although the tutorial specifically covers skyscrapers, the same principle can be applied to a wide variety of models. The tutorial covers:ModelingTexturingGeometric ShapesPositioning Lightslast_img read more