CoC Disqualifies Kamara

first_imgMr. Kamara (right) “is in continuing violation of the code,” the Supreme Court said.Karnwea, Sulunteh Cases NextThe Supreme Court yesterday unanimously confirmed the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) rejection of Abu Kamara to contest as a representative aspirant for Montserrado County Electoral District#15 in the October presidential and legislative elections.NEC recently rejected Kamara’s application to contest the pending elections on the grounds that he committed an egregious and flagrant violation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) by still serving as assistant minister, claiming he intends to use government resources to canvass and contest in the elections.However, Kamara had contended that the NEC, without any legal basis and support consistent with the process, denied and rejected his application on grounds that he is prohibited from contesting for public office as outlined in the controversial CoC, admitting that he currently serves as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.In their unanimous opinion yesterday, the court declared that “since the decision of the NEC rejecting Kamara’s application was a final result from that administrative forum, the available course to him (Kamara) was to come directly to the Supreme Court by regular appeal and not by prohibition. The alternative writ of prohibition issued is ordered quashed and the peremptory asked to be issued by the court is denied.”Before yesterday’s decision, Justice in Chambers Philip A.Z. Banks issued an alternative writ against the NEC, directing the electoral body to partly halt the implementation of its action on Kamara, pending hearing by the entire five justices, on grounds that the matter was constitutional and needed to be determined by all of the justices.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor who delivered the opinion of the court reiterated that they (justices) affirmed the interpretation given in the Serena Mapppy Polson case, by which public officials are covered by the CoC.Madam Polson currently serves as superintendent of Bong County. She challenged the unconstitutionality of the CoC, based on which 3 of the justices, including Chief Justice Korkpor, voted that the code was constitutional and two other justices voted against.“We take due note that the CoC Act was enacted and approved by March 31, 2014, and published into law on June 20, 2014, more than three years ahead to ensure presidential and legislative elections,” the Chief Justice explained. “Kamara was appointed to the position of assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in March 2016, just one year, a position he currently occupies.”“This means that the code is applicable to Kamara, although the law was passed long before he was appointed to his current position, we hold that he was given notice of the inclusion of the position under the Act, after the interpretation of the CoC by the Supreme Court,” Justice Korkpor indicated.“The court declared that persons not specifically listed in Section 5.2 of the code was in fact intended to be included under the code by virtue of Article 56 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia,” the Chief Justice stated, “Thus as of the date of the court’s opinion Kamara had due notice that the law applied to him.”“Kamara is in violation of the code as he is still retaining the position of assistant minister for administration, while at the same time, applying to contest an elective public office. Thus he is in continuing violation of the code,” the Justice emphasized.Justice Korkpor said it was expected that as part of the rudiment of adherence to the rule of law, “every affected public official appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, including Kamara should have taken due note.”“Kamara failed or refused to take due note of the opinion handed down by the court, instead, he decided to flaunt our decision such that up to the date of the hearing of this case and even to the date of the judgment, he is still maintaining and holding onto the position to which he was appointed by the President, while at the same time, applying to the NEC to vie for elective public office,” Korkpor said.This action of remaining in his position, the Justice wondered, “is not only in violation of the code, but an utter affront to the decision of the court under the circumstance.”“We do not see the need to reverse the decision of the NEC, though it was made without due process, since the conduct amounts to an egregious violation of the code and we concur with the NEC’s rejection and disqualification of Kamara from contesting an elective position in the 2017 elections,” the chief justice noted.According to Korkpor, the right to due process is a fundamental constitutional protection, “that no person can be deprived of that right by any agency of the government, whether of the Legislature, the Executive, and the Judiciary or any other forum.“Due process is therefore at the very core of our jurisprudence, we are not prepared to tolerate any departure from this long standing valuable principle which we have upheld in a long line of cases,” Justice Korkpor vowed, “There is no evidence that NEC accorded due process of law. We have seen nothing in the records that indicate a hearing was conducted by the NEC, prior to the decision to reject Kamara.”“We see only that the chairman of the NEC signed onto an instrument which informed Kamara that his application had been denied because he had failed to meet the registration requirement laid in the code,” Korkpor pointed out. “We held the NEC in error and in breach of the law by not according Kamara the due process.”The NEC, Korkpor explained, “is an independent administrative forum of record and that the proceedings held by that body are expected to be recorded with appropriate minutes being taken.”“We must state in no uncertain terms that henceforth, in all applications placed before the NEC by any aspirant or candidate for certification or qualification to contest any elective public office the NEC is required to conduct a hearing and that the aspirant is given the opportunity to explain any deficiency or perceived deficiency in his or her application to set the basis for a determination as to the penalty to be imposed, otherwise, the imposition of a penalty could cast doubts on the process before the NEC,” he said.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will this week deliver its opinion (ruling) on whether or not the NEC’s rejection of two vice presidential aspirants, Jeremiah Sulunteh of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and Mr. Harrison Karnwea of the Liberty Party (LP), were constitutional.Sulunteh is Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States, while Karnwea is former managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), both of whom NEC claimed were in violation of the CoC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norton lambastes management of Diamond Hospital

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton meeting with staff of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre-shortage of drugs, doctors, nurses highlighted during visitBy Kizzy ColemanFollowing the cries of employees at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC) of inhumane conditions, Public Health Minister on Friday visited the East Bank Demerara establishment and lashed out at management there.In a meeting in the director’s office Dr Kay Shako, Minister Norton accompanied by Minister Dr Karen Cummings, grilled and lambasted the hospital administrators for the current crises facing the institution.Addressing the meeting, Minister Norton said the Diagnostic Centre was built with a purpose, a purpose which it is currently not achieving because administrators are not operating in the capacity as they should.He said it is the duty of the administrators to bring to the attention of the Public Health Ministry problems they are faced with. This he noted is not being done.According to Norton, the DDC has seen better days and is losing its previous status.Assessing the situation, Dr Norton stated: “We cannot afford to have Diamond Diagnostic Centre crumble, this is not going to happen, and we are going to implement the necessary changes to bring it back to where it was and even better.”He reminded the administrators that each year, the hospital have a history of sending back $6 million to the Consolidated Funds, which should not repeat itself this year.“What is happening, we have to work together, we need this thing to work,” Norton petitioned the administrators.He further reminded that the Diagnostic Centre was built to relieve the situation at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) but is presently forwarding patients to GPH instead.CrisisQuestioning the administrators, Dr Norton was updated about the plights the hospital is presently facing.With a visible list of the problems affecting the facility, Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Micheal Pereira relayed that chief among the issues plaguing the institution is the shortage of doctors, nurses, drugs, and medical equipment.Because of these shortages, surgeries at the institution cannot be conducted and persons are being rescheduled constantly or referred to the GPH.Dr Pereira informed that there are no certified pharmacists at the hospital nor are there sufficient ambulance drivers.The minister was also told that employees are not being paid on time; there is no Police Outpost at the facility; and no security service is available. There is also the need for social workers.The administrators also decried the poor facilities they are forced to work with on a daily basis.According to the administrators, there are broken doors in the hospital, non-functional air-conditioning units, leaking roof, insufficient equipment and medication in the ambulances, black mould forming on the roofs, and the lack of water.Presently the fire service has been supplying the hospital with water as Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) is facing difficulties supplying water not only to the hospital but to the entire area.According to the administrators, the issues currently facing the hospital have been ongoing for a number of months.After listening to the situation, Dr Norton explained that it is not his desire to point a finger at administrators but to get them functioning in an effective manner.“Anything that happens at Timehri its diamond they will be coming, at the stadium, it’s Diamond that they will be coming so we cannot afford to leave this hospital in such a terrible condition”.SolutionThe Public Health Minister proposed a qualified individual to be put in place at the hospital to take the lead over the administrators.“We need to get the administration under better control to have things working better.”According to the administrators, the tendering process for approval of funds for the equipment and ordered drugs from the region is proving to be a huge issue, as such the minister said that consultations must be carried out to have this changed.Consultations will also have to be held with the Materials Management Unit who is currently not supplying sufficient medical equipment, drugs to the hospital and delaying the process on many occasions.Norton also assured that better qualified persons will be employed at the facility.“We need to identify the problem, think about the solution, and work towards the solution. If we are doing things one way and we are not getting results then we got to change it but we want to do it together”.Visibly frustrated, both Norton and Cummings noted that they must find a way forward to fix the situation urgently.last_img read more

Trackers pick up big victory in Grande Prairie over the weekend

first_imgHead coach Gerard Dicaire said, “The coaching staff felt our boys weren’t competing hard enough on a consistent basis. We had a tough week of practice to preach these habits. The team played well and won a hard-fought game against an underrated team in Grande Prairie. The true test will be in Prince George this weekend.”Up next for the Trackers is a trip to Prince George for a tournament this weekend, where in addition to a tilt against the home team they’ll face off against teams from Calgary, Seafair, and Semiahmoo. Puck drop for their first game is at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.You can watch every game on the Trackers’ Ustream page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers returned home on Friday night after defeating the Grande Prairie Storm.The Trackers didn’t get the start they were looking for as the home side opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game. The visitors tied it at 1-1 with 4:06 to play on an unassisted goal by Connor Bowie.The second stanza didn’t see any scoring until late in the frame. After falling behind 2-1 the Trackers responded on a great passing play between Connor Kindrat and Curtis Hammond that was finished off by Kindrat. With one second left Tyler Turner scored on the powerplay to put the Trackers up to 3-2, assisted by Connor Bowie and Zury Reschke.- Advertisement -The third frame saw the Trackers add to the lead 4-2 at 15:21 when Hammond found the net after working the puck around the offensive zone with Duncan Ross and Cody Bueckert. Hammond scored his second of the period just over seven minutes later to make it 5-2. Noah Lang added one more with seven seconds left, assisted by Kindrat and John Herrington.Tyler MacArthur stopped 25 of 27 shots, while the Storms goaltender made 22 of 28 saves.With the win, the team improves its record to 6-4-1, six points behind the Peace River Royals in the Bouchier Division standings.Advertisementlast_img read more

Family runs together in time of need

first_img “We’re a close, loving family,” says Rigo, an electrician by trade, alongside his brother Nick. “One Saturday we had 20 members of our family show up to train with Juan, including all his little nieces and nephews. It was beautiful to see.” Juan still can’t talk about that trip up the Arizona mountain on the backs of his family members without choking up. “When we got to the top we all held hands and thanked God for the opportunity to be together, and pull together in such difficult times. It meant so much to me.” The Mendoza brothers will begin the L.A. Marathon in March far behind the starting line, where Juan begins with other wheelchair contestants. They will catch up with their little brother around the 8- to 10-mile mark when his arms are weary and his strength is flagging. When he needs a strong shot of support from his brothers. “We have a saying in the family – ‘You have the heart of an Aztec,”‘ Joe said. That’s what they remind their little brother when they reach him. You can do it. Keep going. You have the heart of an Aztec. “Last year, they gave me high fives as they passed me, saying ‘C’mon, brother, you can make it,”‘ Juan said. `’I could feel a surge of energy go through my body, but I was waiting for another guy in a wheelchair. I wanted to make sure he was OK. I stayed with him for about a mile, then told him I was sorry, but I needed to go. I had to catch my brothers.” And that’s what Juan Mendoza did. One by one, he caught and passed his brothers – waiting for them at the finish line. Telling them all they had the heart of an Aztec. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nick Mendoza knelt as his brothers Joe and Rigo lifted their youngest sibling, 30-year-old Juan, out of his wheelchair and put him on Nick’s back. Then Nick started the 1 1/2-mile trek up the mountain near their sister, Rosa’s, home in Arizona. After a few hundred feet, Joe took over for Nick. Then brothers Rigo, Sergio, and Oscar took turns – along with a few adult nieces and nephews – carrying Juan until they reached the top of the trail. The Mendoza family is close. Real close. “My whole family, especially my brothers, all supported me after the accident, and never let me think there wasn’t anything I still couldn’t do with them – even run up a mountain,” says Juan, who lost one leg and severely damaged another in a 1998 car crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Two years later, Juan entered the Los Angeles Marathon as a wheelchair contestant. And when his brothers found out Juan was training for the 26.2- mile course, they did the only thing they could do: They trained with him. Every weekend, you can find the Mendoza brothers training in Griffith Park, with Juan setting the pace in his wheelchair. “When we saw how much his heart was in this, we knew we had to encourage him the best way we knew how,” says brother Joe, a painter. “That meant running the marathon with him.” Training for the L.A. Marathon has been some of the most powerful therapy he’s found to overcome the tragedy that also left one of his children in a wheelchair, says Juan, who owns Paul’s Cafe in Tarzana. “After a few months in the hospital, I knew I had to do something with my life so I started training. When my brothers found out, they showed up one day to start training with me.” last_img

Man United is the ‘best place’ for Marcus Rashford, says former Red Devil

first_img2015/16: 18 apps / 8 goals2016/17: 53 apps / 11 goals2017/18: 52 apps / 13 goals2018/19: 13 apps / 2 goals (to date) Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE 3 shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “People said when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was there it was bad for Rashford, but I thought that was great for Rashford because he is still learning.“I think at times we forget his age because he started so young at Manchester United and we all think he’s older than he actually is. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “I think he’s in the best place at the moment.“He’s contracted until 2020, and I just think he needs to see where the land lies over the next season or so.”Listen back to Danny Higginbotham on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Rashford’s Manchester United career Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Latest Football News Rashford in action against Juve in this season’s Champions League no dice BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow “A lot of people have also said, ‘well he’s got to leave the club because it’s affecting his international career’, but he’s just equalled a 52-year record – he’s made 16 England appearances in a calendar year which is the joint most. REPLY REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “I do look at him and think there will be a frustration there but I don’t think there’s any need for him to move anywhere at the moment.“He had been playing quite a few games for Manchester United this season, he is getting opportunities. 3 Danny Higginbotham insists Manchester United is the ‘best place’ for Marcus Rashford.The 21-year-old England star has been linked with a stunning Old Trafford exit amid rumours he is frustrated with his role under Jose Mourinho.Rashford has started just five Premier League games this season, and has more goals for his country [three] than for his club [two].Juventus and Real Madrid are both reportedly interested in the forward, with the Italian champions said to be ‘compiling a dossier’ on the United academy graduate as they consider a potential move. RANKED 3 MONEY Rashford has scored three goals for England this season Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Rashford burst onto the scene in February 2016 with two goals on his senior United debut talkSPORT co-host Micky Gray believes Rashford should join Juve, saying the striker is being wasted at Old Trafford and that he would be a ‘perfect fit’ for the Turin giants.But former Red Devils defender Higginbotham has urged people to remember Rashford is only 21, and says he is getting plenty of games for Manchester United for a player of his age.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Marcus Rashford came onto the scene at a young age and he has been unbelievable since.“A lot of people are now saying he needs to move because he needs to be playing more, but I think they forget that he’s still only 21.last_img read more

MAN TO SKATEBOARD THE LENGTH OF IRELAND STARTING IN DONEGAL!

first_imgA 24 year old skateboarder is to kick-off a fundraising trip tomorrow which will take him the length of the country starting in Malin Head.Edward Downey hopes the fundraising campaign will help provide a skateboarding park for Kilkenny.In the first step of many, Ed is embarking on a journey from the northmost tip of Ireland  at Malin Head to its most southerly point at Mizen Head. Starting tomorrow (THURS), Ed is aiming to longboard 412 miles in 7 days; breaking the existing record of 11 days.The website recording the event, details and progress is www.boardman.ie. This is an incredible challenge which will require outstanding physical and mental perseverance. Although the challenge is colossal, the effort will all be in vain if support cannot be rallied in his and the cause’s favour.Kilkenny is the most populous city/town in Ireland without a skatepark.Members of the skating community of Kilkenny struggle to obtain, let alone attain an area in which to practice their skills. Two groups, Urban Sports Kilkenny and Kilkenny360 were founded in recent years to support local skateboarders, rollerbladers and bmx-ers who have been campaigning for a skatepark facility for several years (extending into decades). Successive Kilkenny County Councils have voiced their support for the cause but have reneged on promises to deliver a skatepark. Recently, the aforementioned groups have taken matters into their own hands and need your support to make this dream of many a reality. MAN TO SKATEBOARD THE LENGTH OF IRELAND STARTING IN DONEGAL! was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Edward DowneyMalin Headskateboard parklast_img read more

New city manager to get pay raise

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city is close to hiring a new city manager, who is expected to receive a $24,000 pay raise over what the previous manager made. Council members are not releasing the name, but a contract is expected to be negotiated and approved at a special meeting Dec. 1, said interim City Manager James Ruth. “We were impressed with his skills, his resume, his past accomplishments and what he’s done,” Councilman Brian Bergman said Thursday. “He came to us highly recommended.” Bergman said the city needed to increase its pay for the city manager position. The council last week approved a reorganization plan that will include two new full-time positions and filling a maintenance worker position that was authorized in this year’s budget but is still vacant. The community development director/assistant city manager and associate planner positions will replace two contracts the city has had. The plan also calls for re-establishing the deputy city clerk position in place of a senior administrative secretary. “(The changes) will give the city considerably more continuity and supervision in the development and planning area,” Ruth said. “Between these two positions, the city will gain 1,300 productive hours a year.” Ruth said the city can afford the $42,100 additional cost. That number includes the city manager raise. When approved in June, the city’s budget had projected a $163,348 general fund surplus. Most of the additional revenue is from increased building and planning permits, Ruth said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we’re going to run a good city, you need quality people,” he said. “You have to stay at a competitive rate. I want the best for the city. I don’t want to hire the second or third string.” Ruth was the one who recommended the still unnamed individual for the city manager job. “He’s a former city manager and has about 40 years of experience in government,” he said. “He’ll be able to hit the decks running.” The city manager’s job became vacant in September when then-City Manager John Hendrickson announced his retirement after nearly four years’ service. The city manager’s position isn’t the only change the city is making. last_img read more

Maroons defeat URA to ease relegation fears

first_imgMaroons (Blue and Maroon) are now 12th on the log (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC 0-1 Maroons FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleFriday, 08-02-2019NAMBOOLE – Maroons defeated URA 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium in one of the two StarTimes Premier League games played on Friday.URA’s Kigongo Ronald held the ball in the box and invited a foul inside the Tax Collectors box, hence the referee awarding the guests a penalty scored by Brian Majwega in the 73rd minute.This is Maroons first away win of the season and URA’s second loss with the first coming at home to KCCA.URA tried to equalize through Charles Sempa who received a pass in the box and shot but the ball went straight in the hands of Akol Emanuel and denied the hosts a chance to convert.Lwasa Peter (URA) fashioned a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass but  Akol made a stunning save to stop the effort from flying into the bottom left corner just before Majwega scored.Agau Rashid was replaced by Yubu Bogere in the 75 that minute who created many chances but failed to convert.Speaking to the press after the win, Maroons head coach Robert Semweyana said he needed the points in order to survive relegation and he promised to win the remaining games.“Am very happy that we have defeated a team like URA and we needed the points and we are going to make sure we win the remaining Matches”. He said.Maroons moves to the 12th position with 18 points while URA stays in the 4th with 31.The other game played on Friday:-Mbarara City 3-0 Nyamityobora FCComments Tags: Brian MajwegamaroonsStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FClast_img read more

Java Mustang

first_imgAt Formtek we’re using Java as the engine for our core API that we use to build browser-based content-centric business applications and Web Services.  The current release of Formtek software is based on Java J2SE 5.  With SUN beginning to talk more about their J2SE 7.0 Dolphin, we thought that it would be good to look to see what’s available in the soon-to-be-released J2SE 6.0 Mustang.J2SE 6.0 started in July 2005 and has been in a Beta 2 stage for a number of months.  It is nearing its expected release date of fall 2006.  Part of what’s of interest with the 6.0 release is what’s not there.  JSR-270 guidelines are working their way into J2SE6. JSR-270 attempts to remove and transform some bloated rarely-used Java features into modular components that could be optionally used.  What’s driving this is that many people feel that as Java has developed it has become more and more unwieldy. Some examples of functionality that may be cut from the standard release of Java are MIDI instrument support and possibly CORBA.  Reducing this kind of functionality has the benefit of shrinking the size of the minimum Java runtime environment download, although additional new features of the 6.0 release may cancel out any savings.  This would be the first time that a new release of Java comes out where some features have actually been cut.Other highlights of the 6.0 release include JVM performance improvements and an updated version of JDBC with some features to improve ease of use.  The new version will also support the embedding of scripting languages like PHP and JavaScript, and some improvements to Swing UI building and the building of Web Services.There’s not that much terribly new in this release.  Smaller and faster are always good.  Many people are already using some sort of simplifying wrapper layer around JDBC so that any minor usage improvements made to JDBC may largely go unseen.  And we’re not doing any new development with Swing.  So, from our perspective, J2SE 6.0 looks like it will be more like just another maintenance release, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.last_img read more

Amateurs vs. Agencies: Microsoft’s Razorfish Acquired

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Publicis Groupe SA announced today the acquisition of Microsoft’s Razorfish advertising agency for $530 million dollars. In a joint press release, the group announced that the deal will increase Publicis’ ability to deliver digital campaigns and further elevates Razorfish’s status as a leader in online marketing. According to Bloomberg, in exchange for Razorfish, Publicis will give Microsoft 6.5 million in shares – a deal that makes Microsoft a 3% owner of the advertising company. As a standalone agency, Razorfish has had a number of high-profile partners including Google, ABC.com, Omniture and Adobe. Microsoft first acquired Razorfish’s parent company aQuantive for nearly $6 billion dollars shortly after Google announced plans to purchase DoubleClick and its display ad serving products. At the time, aQuantive was comprised of Avenue A | Razorfish, DrivePM and Atlas. While the acquisition served Microsoft well by giving the company a good ad management dashboard in Atlas and an ad ranking solution in DrivePM, the Redmond giant kept Razorfish at arms length. Despite the fact that the company won at least 7 Webby’s and a number of other advertising awards, between October 2008 and February 2009, Razorfish cut 120 of its US employees to reduce costs during a particularly bad year for advertisers. With this new deal, the company remains Microsoft’s ad agency of record and gains new Publicis resources to ramp up digital production. Nevertheless, is Razorfish able to deliver on its promise to help “media companies succeed in an era where the audience is also their editor?” The company has shown a number of user-generated successes including CNN.com’s iReport, Netflix’s Instant Viewing Player and TED’s Encyclopedia of Life and Pangea Day film festival. However, just as agencies are shifting from print and broadcast campaigns to digital advertising, is it possible that amateur dynamos are preparing to hijack the industry? Last week ReadWriteWeb covered Digg’s new ad program – a program where advertisements can be voted up or voted down by the community. As advertising shifts to this new mixed-content model, where are companies more likely to see success – with content from world-class advertisers or trusted community members? As always, especially with the current market, agencies will have to work tirelessly to justify their retainers. last_img read more