The UK-based environmental and transparency watchdog, Global Witness (GW), has caused quite a stir (commotion, uproar) in Liberia with its sweeping allegations of corruption and bribery against several top officials of the Liberian government.So stirring have been the allegations that they have, for the first time in recent memory, succeeded in dragging into court top officials of the first branch of government, the Legislature. These include the very leader of the Legislature, Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senator Varney Sherman, Chair of the Senate Judicial Committee. Counselor Sherman, who topped his class at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, is also a product of Harvard Law School, and Liberia’s most prominent and most successful lawyer. Both he and Speaker Tyler have been indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on charges of “bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation.”Other officials indicted are Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) Chair, Willie Belleh, former Lands, Mines and Energy Deputy Minister E.C.B. Jones and Christopher Onanuga.GW has succeeded in rekindling the anger of the Liberian people against their government and public officials whom they (the Liberian masses) perceive as being determined, by their persistent corruption, greed and selfishness, to perpetuate poverty in the land. It is a land in which the rich have always continued to get richer and the poor, poorer.Who, for example, truly benefitted from the Liberia Mining Company (LMC) iron ore concession (1946) in then Bomi Territory, now County? President W.V.S. Tubman, of course, the personal friend of LMC owner Lansdell K. Christie, and a few of Tubman’s cronies. When LMC departed in the 1980s, all the Bomi people got were a hole in the ground, a ghost town for their capital, Tubmanburg, and abject poverty. The company did not encourage or empower a single Bomi citizen, man or woman, in business.Who benefitted from the LAMCO iron ore concession, owned by American, Swedish and Canadian investors? They, the investors, who made off with billions of United States dollars, and a few Liberian officials, who ALWAYS preferred the board meetings to be held in New York or some other American or European city, where the Liberian board members would collect their handsome per diem and board fees and go shopping. And what did LAMCO leave behind when it departed in the late 1980s? The impoverished Nimba people; a shanty town, Sanniquellie, as their capital, without running water or light; and absolutely nothing to show that they had once hosted one of the biggest companies operating in Africa. And when, once again, the GOL saw the opportunity to exploit a new natural resource—petroleum—GOL again embarked upon a policy of wicked and unconscionable exclusivity (elitism, snobbery, exclusiveness). It was a policy that ensured that the rich continued to get richer and the poor, nothing! Who, for example, became the shareholders in the oil blocks secretly sold in London by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)? Among these exclusive privileged was a young man already rich from inheritances from his father and grandfather. Then NOCAL’s missing millions, which disappeared under the watch of its former Chairman, Robert Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son. The President has told the Liberian people that she takes “full responsibility” for the NOCAL money. However, as we pursue the alleged Global Witness culprits—Varney Sherman, Speaker Tyler, etc., we cannot afford to be so hypocritical as to be gravely concerned about US$950,000 in bribes from UK-based Sable Mining, and at the same time ignore those who made away with tens of millions of US dollars from NOCAL.But while we are in the midst of the case involving the bribery scandal, we call on the court prosecuting the alleged culprits to mandate Global Witness to come and present to the court ALL the evidence in the scandal—who all received the money, when, how much was paid to whom. And, of course, GW must also come and tell the court who Big Boy # 1 and Big Boy # 2 are, and what was their role and their take in the bribery scheme. We cannot afford to be seen vigorously pursuing the chickens while the cows go scot-free. That would be the height of hypocrisy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#copyright#filesharing#megaupload#piracy#rapidshare Related Posts It’s not everyday an Internet company watches its traffic numbers plummet – and rejoices. But that is precisely the scenario that cloud storage service RapidShare finds itself in as it seeks to draw a clear distinction between its business model and that of the now-defunct Megaupload. Since the raid that saw Megaupload shut down and its founder arrested last last year, RadidShare and similar services have been taking measures to reduce piracy on their networks, in many cases limiting their functionality and potentially sacrificing the overall user experience. If it means avoiding the fate of Megaupload, even drastic changes are worth it to these companies.On November 27, RapidShare will start putting a tight cap on outbound downloads for its free users. Paid members will still have 30 gigabytes in outbound downloads per day, but everybody else will be capped at one gigabyte. This will apply to public downloads, whereas direct Dropbox-style sharing between users won’t be affected. The change is expected to further deter pirates from using RapidShare to distribute copyright material on a large scale.An Ongoing, Newly Urgent BattleThe download caps are just the latest in a list of anti-piracy moves the company has made, as Chief Legal Officer Daniel Raimer outlined in a presentation at the Future of Music Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Those earlier efforts include a three-strike policy for repeat infringers and Web-crawling technology that helps RapidShare find links to illegal content so it can take corrective measures with those accounts. “That’s really helpful to delete a lot of accounts in a short amount of time and to get rid of a lot of piracy that happens on a large scale,” Raimer told ReadWrite in an interview after his talk. “It’s kind of hard to identify guys who do piracy on a very low level, like some Norwegian kid who has a music blog with very low traffic. Sooner or later that guy is going to be detected.”Earlier this year, RapidShare published a document titled “Responsible Practices For Cloud Storage Services” (see below), which outlines an anti-piracy framework for cyberlockers like to use in dealing with DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown requests to remove allegedly pirated content and policing activity on their services.RapidShare Handicaps Itself To Save Its Own LifeIn the case of RapidShare, the association with piracy is difficult to shake. For years, links to RapidShare pages containing movies and albums have littered the Web. According to Google Trends, the second most closely related search term to “RapidShare” is “Megaupload.” Included on the list of top-ten related search terms are “rapidshare movies” and “rapidshare crack.” It’s this close association with piracy that RapidShare is hoping to change with its download caps, three-strike policy and Web-crawling technology. The company has already seen a substantial drop-off in traffic as a result of the company’s existing anti-piracy measures, Raimer said. Their goal is to make using RapidShare as unpalatable as possible for copyright infringers, and the initial response to its anti-infringement measures suggest that the strategy is working. The pirates are not happy. RapidShare isn’t the only company taking these kinds of precautions. In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, FileSonic and FileServe stopped allowing users to download files uploaded by other users, and MediaFire went on a PR offensive in an attempt to draw a line between itself and Megaupload. This is an odd and risky position for a business to be in, deliberately handicapping its own product in a bid to shoo away some users while hoping to cling to enough members to avoid a detrimental drop in revenue. RapidShare is trying to strike a very delicate balance. How effectively it’s able to do that depends, in part, on how much of the content on RapidShare infringes on copyrights, and how much does not. That’s a difficult thing to measure, but no doubt the company’s crawlers and other anti-piracy technology is starting to illuminate. Come November 27, the picture will start to get even clearer. SF #5383794 v2 Responsible Practices 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
The wait for change, or more of the same, in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will come to an end on Saturday. The verdict of around 56 lakh voters across these three northeastern States was sealed on February 18 and 27.With 180 Assembly seats and five parliamentary seats in total, the elections in these small States have often been mere formalities. 60-member Assemblies But last month’s elections, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, have raised the stakes for the three major players — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress — as well as a smattering of regional parties. The three States have 60-member Assemblies. A party or coalition needs at least 31 seats for forming a government.Having bagged Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in a region that was considered its “final frontier,” the BJP has been on an aggressive expansion mode. The hurdle in Tripura is a deeply entrenched Left Front, headed by the CPI(M), which has been ruling the State for 25 years.The BJP’s ambition in Meghalaya and Nagaland is a tad less, given the demographic and religious composition there. It has tied up with regional parties against the common enemy: the Congress. However, the pact has been confirmed only in Nagaland.
Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOfficers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games