Dear Editor,An article (which appeared in one of the daily newspapers on Sunday, April 23) under the title: “Law student spends years fighting for UG results – intended career quashed, as the University moves to CCJ”, in which specific mention is made of me, including that “Repeated efforts by this newspaper (KN), to contact Mr Alexander have proven futile.”I find it necessary to comment on the content of that article, for three reasons.I would have commented on the matter if I had been contacted by the media house that carried the article. The failure of their effort to contact me was unfortunate.While my name is highlighted, I wish to clarify that in relating to Mr Clairmonte Cox, I did so on behalf of the University, whose management’s position I would have communicated. As of December 2014, I no longer spoke for, or acted on behalf of, the University. I never took the matter personal, but was, and still am, of the view that Cox was never wronged by the University.The article, whether intentional or not, veils and omits pertinent information thus allowing for the readers to come to ill-informed conclusions.In the article, Cox is quoted as stating “the Ministry of Finance apparently had some hiccups in accurately getting the payment to UG”. Cox is dishonest in making such a statement. It is a verifiable fact that Cox was granted a loan in the first year on condition that he commenced repayment immediately, on a monthly basis. He never honoured that commitment/obligation and as such, was refused loans in the subsequent two years of the programme. Thus, his fees were not paid and he literally ignored all notices of his non-entitlement to sit examinations and in collusion with members of the University’s staff sat examinations, the results of which he now argues he is entitled to.It is not for me to second guess the court, but the fact of the matter is there was no hiccup on the part of the Ministry of Finance. Cox was in default with regard to his first loan. He was not granted the two subsequent loans and consequently, did not pay his fees for the two remaining years of his programme.It is also pertinent to note that when Cox first filed his action against the University, the University’s administration was never served notice and was not aware of the proceedings until after the court had ruled on a case in which there was no active respondent. The notice was served on then Pro Chancellor Dr Prem Misir, whose office took no action and allowed the court to hear the matter in the absence of any response/defence from the University. It is anyone’s guess as to what the outcome would have been had the University been able to present its case. When the Pro Chancellor informed the Council of the University of the matter and its outcome, it was even too late for the University to have appealed. I know of no other instance when the Pro Chancellor was the recipient of a court order on behalf of the University. It is worthy of note that this matter was brought to the Council’s attention by a member and that only then the Pro Chancellor’s office acknowledged receipt of the summons and the court order.While it is true that initially the University, at the end of the programme, engaged Cox on the possibility of paying up the fees, he was not forthcoming, thus the University resorted to the position that Cox had not registered (not paid fees) for two years and was not entitled to results for examinations taken in defiance of clear stipulations that he was not entitled to sit the examinations. His statement that he had three years to pay his fees, after the end of the programme is but another fabrication of Cox. The University has no such facility.It is true that some three years after the University had ruled on Cox’s matter, he did come forth with an undertaking of the Ministry of Finance to grant him loans retroactively. At that time, the University had already disengaged three years prior and moved on.For me, this letter is simply intended to lay the facts bare. I have no interest in what the court decides. I am in my third year away from the University and its actions, but cannot standby and have Cox use the media to mislead and misinform the public.Yours truly,Vincent Alexander
As reactions to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent annual message on the affairs of the state continue to emerge, Nimba County District #8 lawmaker Larry P. Younquoi has expressed fear that the President’s silence on the rubber industry may leave ordinary Liberians out of jobs.Expressing the concern in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Younquoi said thousands of Liberians depend on the rubber industry for jobs, but the moratorium placed on it under Executive Order #56 has given Firestone the monopoly to determine the price of rubber as the sole buyer.Consequently, said the Nimba lawmaker, the price of the commodity has dropped leaving farmers and others who could employ underprivileged Liberians without the financial strength to do so.He contends that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. during his regime, created the Liberia Rubber Development Unit by statute, and National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) Chairman, Gyude Bryant by an act of the Legislature created the Liberia Rubber Development Authority (LRDA) by statute.According to Rep. Younquoi, it is incoherent for an agency created by statute to be placed under a moratorium by an executive order, giving one company the monopoly to do rubber business in the absence of competition.He said the President would have done better by strengthening the existing institution in this environment where legislature exists instead of issuing Executive Order #56, which gets the Rubber Brokers Union out of business and leaves Firestone with the monopoly to purchase.Rep. Younquoi also recalled that in 2004 there was an LRDA act making the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) ineffective, but the RPAL is still operating and collecting US$2.50 from farmers.He disclosed that his complaints are currently on the desk of the House Speaker, and there is a need to discuss them in order to strengthen the LRDA.He said unemployment has the propensity to cause confusion in a country, adding that with the prevailing conditions in the rubber sector, government needs to discuss the problems in order to bring some “serenity” to the rubber sector.The lawmaker reiterated that as a result of the Executive Order, those who once competed in buying rubber are no longer doing so, making references to Weala and other groups that have become dormant because of the moratorium.Rep. Younquoi further argued that monopoly given Firestone under the Executive Order #56 will allow the American company to under declare its revenue which will consequently lead to under declaring taxes due to government.He said setting an independent regulatory body and allowing competition in purchasing the commodity will allow more revenues to be generated for the government.On the question of whether the lawmaker’s plea is meant for protection of his rubber farm, he rejected the idea that he was advocating in his own interest as a rubber farmer.Rep. Younquoi disclosed that his rubber does not reach production stage until seven years. Rather, he is seeking the interest of the Liberian people, for which he claims he has received awards from many citizen groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Abraham Sheriff, an investigator at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Friday’s testimony linked Johnson Gwaikolo, former deputy minister for technical service, at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of authorizing the payment of US$12,600 to David Korte, managing editor of the Flash Point Newspaper.Sheriff’s testimony, if it is anything to go by, then it has exonerated the Ministry’s Communication and Documentation Director, Jesefu Morris Keita, who government accused of authorizing the payment of the money to Korte.In 2010, the MPW and Flash Point Incorporated entered into an agreement named. “Contract Number MPW-SF-0008-06/10,” which the media outlet was hired and paid US$12,600 to implement a Public Relations Consultancy for the ministry.Testifying last Friday at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, the prosecution witness further alleged that Gwaikolo on March 29, 2010, instructed his Procurement Department to process every necessary document for the Ministry of Finance to pay the US$12,600 to Korte.Witness Sheriff told the court that during LACC investigation, they discovered that on June 24, 2010, Flash Point presented an invoice to the MPW, which Gwaikolo was instrumental to have the Ministry of Finance paid the US$12,600 on June 30, 2010 to Korte.Surprisingly, he said, the MPW through Gwaikolo, on July 2, 2010, issued a certificate of completion to Korte, which signified that Korte collected the money before MPW issued him the certificate.The payment was intended for Flash Point Newspaper to implement Public Relations Consultancy for the MPW, which the company’s manger admitted that they received the funds, but did not perform the job, according to the prosecution witness.“Gwaikolo was the only person, who signature appeared on the payment voucher as deputy minister of MPW to have Korte executes the contract, which he failed to implement,” the witness further alleged.He did not mention whether his investigation find any evidence of participation of Gwaikolo into the “bogus contract,” instead, he said, Gwaikolo was only invited by the LACC.Unfortunately, Gwaikolo is not on trial, instead, it is Messrs Keita and Korte are being accused of “economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy by the government.Korte has already admitted and promised to pay back the US$12,600 in five installments; for which his charges were dropped by prosecution when he first appeared before the court.Up to present, Keita remains the only defendant on trial after he denied the allegation when he also appeared before the court.Sheriff said the LACC did not find any evidence of participation of the other three, “and therefore, we decided to invite Gwaikolo and Keita, because of the each of them played.”He said Gwaikolo played the role by signing the contact, while he denied that Keita did not sign any contract document with Korte.Sheriff denied further that “Keita was not part of the meeting and he did not sign the minutes of the meeting held in June 2010.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Medical care and treatment are issues between parents and children,” said Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PEQUANNOCK, N.J. – Some teenagers who drink over the weekend could be in big trouble come Monday morning: A New Jersey school district plans to institute random urine tests capable of detecting whether alcohol was consumed up to 80 hours earlier. Pequannock Township High, with about 800 students, said it will begin administering the tests next Monday. “This is a major issue for America,” schools Superintendent Larrie Reynolds said Tuesday. “There are more kids that die each year in alcohol-related traffic deaths than there are soldiers who have died in Iraq. The numbers are staggering.” At least one other New Jersey high school, in Middletown, employs the EtG test, which screens for ethyl glucuronide, a substance produced by the body when it metabolizes alcohol. Pequannock teenagers who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities, or drive to school, are already tested for illegal drugs, under a 2005 program prompted by the heroin overdose of a student. Students who test positive for alcohol will not be kicked off teams or barred from extracurricular activities. Instead they will receive counseling and their parents will be notified, Reynolds said. “That’s going to give our kids riding in the back seat of someone’s car a very powerful reason to say no,” he said. Drug tests, similarly, can detect drug use that occurred days earlier. The new test worries civil-liberties advocates and others who oppose school drug testing as an invasion of privacy.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted the club expect to welcome a number of signings as well as several departures over the next few weeks.New manager Louis van Gaal has already spent around £50million on England starlet Luke Shaw and Spanish playmaker Ander Herrera, but the Dutchman looks set to announce more arrivals before his debut Premier League campaign begins.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has been linked with host of top names since his appointment at Old Trafford, including Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, Holland internationals Daley Blind and Kevin Strootman and Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.The club are desperate to avoid a hangover from their woeful season under axed boss David Moyes last term, where the 20-time champions finished seventh, meaning they will be without European football this season for the first time in almost two decades.And Woodward says there is plenty of cash available to Van Gaal if he decides he needs to strengthen further, as they look to at least qualify for the Champions League this time around.“There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong, we have funds available,” he told MUTV.“Louis is the boss and is assessing what’s going on but we have been in dialogue for some time about targets so there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes.“We’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets, so watch this space.“We want to do what it takes to win the title.“I’ve experienced a lot of conversations with agents and players and we are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that.“We’re a club that absolutely should be in the Champions League. That’s what our fans want, that’s what our players want and that’s what every member of staff wants.“We have to strive to win. We’re not here to be an also-ran; we’re here to win trophies to add to that huge, incredible list that we’ve won over many years.”One area in particular Van Gaal is hoping to strengthen is at the back, with the departures of centre-backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leaving a sizable whole in their defence.But Woodward admitted the experienced pair won’t be the only players to leave Old Trafford this summer.He added: “The manager makes that decision and a few players have already gone and there may well be a few others that go.“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there’s less games, maybe the manager takes the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.“If you do the analysis over last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players but that’s a decision for the manager.” 1 New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
WASHINGTON – House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s political support showed signs of cracking on Wednesday as Republicans fled an election-year scandal spawned by steamy computer messages from former Rep. Mark Foley to teenage male pages. At the same time, Foley’s former chief of staff said in an Associated Press interview that he first warned Hastert’s aides more than three years ago that Foley’s behavior toward pages was troublesome. That was long before GOP leaders acknowledged learning of the problem. Kirk Fordham, who was Foley’s top aide until January 2004, said he had “more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene” several years ago. Fordham resigned Wednesday as staff chief for another lawmaker caught up in the scandal, New York Rep. Thomas Reynolds, the House GOP campaign chief who says he alerted Hastert to concerns about Foley last spring. “I’m taking the speaker’s words at face value,” Lewis told the AP. “I have no reason to doubt him. But until this is cleared up, I want to know the facts. If anyone in our leadership has done anything wrong, then I will be the first in line to condemn it.” Republican officials said at least a few disgruntled members of the GOP rank and file had discussed whether to call on the speaker to step aside. It was not known how far the effort had gone. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue. Ron Bonjean, Hastert’s spokesman, said the entire matter had been referred to the House ethics committee. “We fully expect that the bipartisan panel will do what it needs to do to investigate this matter and protect the integrity of the House,” he added. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi went one step further, saying in a statement that Hastert and the rest of the GOP leadership should be “immediately questioned under oath….” “The children, their parents, the public, and our colleagues deserve answers and those who covered up Mark Foley’s behavior must be held accountable,” she said. Foley, 52, a Florida Republican, resigned last Friday after he was confronted with sexually explicit electronic messages he had sent teenage male pages. He has since entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility at an undisclosed location. Through his lawyer, he has said he is gay but denied any sexual contact with minors. His abrupt departure left behind an Internet-age sex scandal that has shaken Republican confidence – and poll numbers – little more than a month before elections at which their control of the House will be tested. It also plunged Hastert and others into an intensive effort to grapple with conflicting claims about what senior lawmakers knew, when they learned it and what they did about it. Fordham said that more than three years ago, he repeatedly asked GOP staffers to intervene with Foley, his boss at the time. He declined to identify them, but officials said Palmer, Hastert’s chief of staff, was one of them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. The Justice Department on Wednesday ordered House officials to “preserve all records” related to Foley’s electronic correspondence with teenagers, and one law enforcement official said FBI agents have begun interviewing participants in the House page program.160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe aide’s claim drew a swift, unequivocal denial from Hastert’s chief of staff. “What Kirk Fordham said did not happen,” Scott Palmer said through a spokesman. Hastert’s political difficulties were evident half a continent away. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, third-ranking leader, pointedly told reporters he would have handled the matter differently than the speaker, had he known of it. “I think I could have given some good advice here, which is, You have to be curious, you have to ask all the questions you can think of,” said Blunt, a member of the leadership. “You absolutely can’t decide not to look into activities because one individual’s parents don’t want you to.” Republican Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky, in a tougher-than- expected re-election race, abruptly canceled an invitation for Hastert to join him at a fundraiser next week.
getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS AMAZING: England fans in Leeds’ O2 Academy reaction to Harry Kane’s last minute winner vs Tunisia. pic.twitter.com/1n66xHLBd7— Kings of Tipping – Football Tips (@KingsOfTipping) June 18, 2018Heartbreak in Saint-EtienneIt may have been a defeat – a devastating one too – but the exit at World Cup 1998 taught me a lot of lessons about football which I’ve been thankful of ever since.I was 10 years old at the time and very much in love with the beautiful game and, despite being a Tottenham fan, hadn’t quite realised the highs and lows associated with being a fan.Going into the game I remember butterflies, a flag in the window, and being surrounded by family.Gabriel Batistuta’s penalty almost saved by David Seaman barely registered once Alan Shearer had netted a spot-kick of his own.Michael Owen’s stunning solo effort was joy in its purest form, while Javier Zanetti’s equaliser taught me about cunning and sleight of hand.David Beckham’s red card, meanwhile, showed the importance of keeping your head at the most important points. Southgate’s men only need a point from their final two qualifiers to book their place at Euro 2020 on target Getty Images – Getty YESSSSSSS! HARRY KANE ⚽Ray Parlour, @talkSPORTDrive and #ENG fans in Moscow go wild!What a win for the #ThreeLions! pic.twitter.com/DVuvckf8So— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 18, 2018 4 4 Sol Campbell’s disallowed goal laid bare how quickly happiness can sour and how unjust decisions can occur.We lost on penalties, of course we did. But Paul Ince and David Batty were leaders who showed guts and lacked fear, despite the consequences of their impending actions.It was agonising. But I was proud of the ’10 Heroic Lions and one stupid boy’. It an experience which shaped me as a fan and person. I think Beckham will feel the same too.Sometimes the only way to grow is to experience defeat – Anton Stanley, Features Editor targets The game will always be remembered for David Beckham’s red card for his kick out at Diego Simeone 4 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 4 getty Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Captain Kane saves the dayWhen Harry Kane nodded home a late winner against Tunisia in June 2018, England erupted in scenes of jubilation not seen on these shores for many a year.Forget Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal or Ben Stokes’ imperious innings against New Zealand, nothing compares to the celebrations of English football fans.The opening World Cup group game in Russia appeared to be heading towards a draw until Kane stooped to head home his second of the game and send the country wild.In fact, reports back home suggested pubs across the country feared a shortage of lager.If anyone ever tries to tell you football is not the superior sport in this country, remind them of that fact.The Three Lions scraped past Tunisia and nearly drained the country of beer. Sensational. – Joe Coleman, Sports Writer statement latest Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Beckham was sent off against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup but made up for it four years later Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship See you later, Pep! However, it’s significant for another reason as the clash at Wembley is actually England’s 1,000th international game.In the previous 999 matches there have been some wonderful moments for England fans over the years including winning the World Cup in 1966 but there have been many more truly painful memories such as defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.And talkSPORT.com‘s young-ish team has been in reminiscent mood this week so below are six standout moments we can recall when following England. appointed Nuts!As a Charlton fan, there’s only one moment that truly stands out for me from watching England over the years – Chris Powell nutmegging Pep Guardiola!Ok, it’s not exactly a moment that will go down in the annals of football history but there have not been too many Charlton players to wear the Three Lions shirt in my time as a supporter of the club so to see our Chrissy mixing it with the best on the international stage was pretty cool for a young Addick like myself.Powell was making his England debut at the age of 31 in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first match as manager and was up against a pretty darn good Spain side, but he acquitted himself brilliantly with the highlight coming when he surged down the left hand side and poked the ball through now-Manchester City manager Guardiola’s legs.Will any England player ever top that moment? Absolutely no chance. – Alex Varney, Digital Editor rookie error Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future England’s will book their place at Euro 2020 if they can manage at least a draw in their qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday night.You can listen to full commentary of the huge match LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 7:45pm. stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update Laurence Griffiths/Allsport Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son ‘5-1 and even Heskey scored’That incredible 5-1 win during a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Munich was actually the first England match I ever watched, so it’s all been downhill from there…I didn’t really understand the significance of the result at the time but I’ll always remember John Motson’s ‘better and better and better’ line when Michael Owen stuck away his hat-trick goal past the helpless Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.I’ve seen highlights since and have concluded it was the perfect away performance by England. Even my Northern Irish mum was cheering for the Three Lions…But the final goal was the cherry on top of an already delicious result as Emile Heskey showed great composure by rolling the ball into the net.‘5-1 and even Heskey scored’ chanted the England fans that night and I’m pretty sure they still do now – Jackson Cole, Staff Writer‘Give that man a knighthood’What’s good about David Beckham’s free-kick against Greece is you can see there aren’t any fans filming it on their mobiles. The celebrations when the ball flies in are real – they didn’t need a few seconds of grainy footage to never look at again.Even now, that free-kick still gives you goosebumps.It was coming up to the third minute of stoppage-time and was an amazing way to seal a place in the World Cup by one of the country’s best players.And so what if Germany ended up reaching the final! – Damian Mannion, EditorBecks’ redemption against ArgentinaMy favourite and most nerve-wracking moment has to be Beckham’s penalty against Argentina at the 2002 World Cup. I remember being glued to the television for that match, it was such a close game and was always going to be decided by the finest of margins and luckily, it went our way.There seemed to be an age between the penalty being awarded and converted, Diego Simeone trying to put Beckham off, 12-year-old me getting caught up in the moment and telling him where to go, but I won’t repeat that on here for obvious reasons.Was hardly a great penalty, straight down the middle and the keeper could very easily have saved, but it went in and that was all that mattered, crucially turning out to be the winner.That World Cup remains the best for me and that was one of the moments of the tournament. – Daniel Sandford, Staff Writer
Stephen Robinson praised Louis Moult for his part in Motherwell’s 2-0 victory over Aberdeen but insists it was a collective team performance that earned the three points at Pittodrie. The result was Motherwell’s first win in three games and a timely boost ahead of next Sunday’s League Cup final against Celtic.But Robinson was keen to point out the striker, who netted a double, was not the only hero in his side. “It’s a fantastic achievement for Louis and he should be very proud,” Robinson said. “He’s come back from disappointment in his career and he thoroughly deserves all the plaudits he’s getting. “But I have to reiterate it was a massive team performance. Louis’ work-rate, more than his goals, was what was most impressive for me, and if you’ve got a back four defending as they did today, they deserve as much credit as Louis.”Robinson was pleased to see next week’s game at Hampden was not a distraction for his players as they took on Derek McInnes’ men Pittodrie.He added: “I said all week we would remain focused on this game, because this is a tough place to come. Derek’s put together a great side and when you look at who they brought off the bench you know you’re against a very good side.“We changed our shape today, and actually changed it three times during the match, but I can throw anything I want at them tactically. Our boys buy into it and their work-rate and desire to learn and be better every day is a common theme around the football club.”
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 By Guest Blogger Mark O’Neill Much has been written about Internet Telephony product Skype and its potential to completely revolutionize the telecommunications market (when it’s not suffering major outages!), but as yet not much has been written about Skype’s extras. When you download Skype, you are given a basic shell of a program and it’s up to you to populate that empty shell with the features you need. How many Skype users realise there is an extras manager attached to Skype? If you have never heard of it before, go to Tools > Do More > Organise your Extras.With a little bit of extra searching, you can find great add-ons for Skype that have the potential to aid your productivity and even revolutionize your business if you are self-employed. These are often free useful extras, developed through Skype’s API. Some are approved by Skype, most are not. In this post we’ll explore the Unyte Application Sharing extra, a desktop sharing app for Skype that is similar to Webex or GoToMeeting.Unyte allows you to open an application on your computer and then grant permission for another online Skype user to see what you see in real-time. For those of you familiar with the Windows feature Remote Assistance, Unyte basically works the same way. You are allowing another Skype user remote access to your document or browser window. You can choose which apps they can see, or allow them to see your entire Desktop. It is perfectly safe and the other user only sees what you want them to see. They don’t have access to any other part of your computer and you can instantly revoke access at the press of a button.The only drawback to the free version is that you can only share with one user at a time. To share with more than one user at a time (say for conference calls), you need the pro version. Prices start from $30 a year.Mark OÄôNeill is a freelance writer, editor and blogger. He can be contacted on Skype via the username camelot2302 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web Related Posts
Just in time for tonight’s first presidential debate (which, as we just learned, will indeed take place), Twitter has launched an election themed site that tracks all the political tweets on the service. Twitter regularly determines a set of ‘Hot Election Topics’ and displays every tweet that fits into these categories in a automatically updating stream. While this is definitely a compelling way to use Twitter, we can’t help but wonder if Twitter will bring some of the features of this site to other parts of the service.Politweets, of course, has been providing a similar service for quite a while already, but its scope is limited to just filtering out tweets with the candidates’ names in it. Twitter, on the other hand, uses a constantly changing set of keywords, which makes it far more dynamic.Automatic Updates and Memetracking The most compelling feature of Twitter’s election site is actually quite simple: the automatically updating stream. That’s one feature we have always missed on our regular Twitter homepages and also one of the most compelling reason to use a desktop client instead of Twitter’s site. The value of a service like this is often not so much in the content of a single tweet, but in the aggregation and real-time view of the discussion. Even Twitter’s Summize-based search does not update automatically. We have started to use Monitter to track Twitter conversations when there is a breaking news story because it updates automatically.In addition, as Josh Catone points out, Twitter sits on a goldmine of similar information that it is not putting to good use yet. Now that they have this infrastructure in place, Twitter could easily create similar sites for other events, or even allow its users to create their own Twitter-based memetrackers in the future. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit