Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe endorses Trump’s “America for Americans”

first_imgUS president Donald Trump’s controversial nationalist views are getting support from one of the world’s least democratic leaders: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.The 92-year-old, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 30 years, says that Trump policies focused on limiting entry for foreign nationals are necessary.“When it comes to Donald Trump, on the one hand talking of American nationalism, well America for America and America for American, on that we agree,” Mugabe said in an interview ahead of his 93rd birthday. After taking office, Trump signed a controversial executive order (currently halted by US courts) temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries.It’s not the first time Mugabe has spoken supportively of Trump. Before the Nov. 8 US elections, Mugabe disclosed his preference for the Republican candidate, though later said he was ‘surprised’ by Trump’s win.Mugabe’s niceties are likely a ploy to cozy up to the US president in the hopes of getting Zimbabwe’s longstanding sanctions lifted. The sanctions were put in place by President George W. Bush in 2001, and maintained by President Barack Obama, in response to Zimbabwe’s controversial land reforms.Given time, Mugabe hopes Trump will “re-look the sanctions on Zimbabwe,” which have been particularly damaging for its struggling economy. Estimates peg lost revenue due to the sanctions at $42 billion.Mugabe isn’t the only populist leader on the continent who has quickly warmed up to Trump: After his victory, early congratulations came from some of Africa’s longest-serving strongmen.So far though, Trump has not shown much interest in the continent. He has only spoken with Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.(Quartz Africa)last_img read more

High school soccer: Airline, Haughton tournaments start Thursday

first_imgThe varsity tournament hastwo divisions. There is also a junior varsity tournament. The annual Airline Classicruns through Saturday. Matches will be played at Freedom Fields and TinsleyPark. Haughton’s Cranberry Classictournament is Thursday and Saturday. The Division 2 field iscomprised of Evangel Christian, Northwood, West Ouachita, Natchitoches Central,Ouachita, Parkway, Bossier, Huntington, Minden and North Desoto. The divisional championshipmatches are at 3:30 Saturday. Admission is $6 each day. Airline and Haughton are hosting boys and girls soccer tournaments starting Thursday. Ouachita Parish, CalvaryBaptist, Pineville, North Caddo, Ouachita Christian, Evangel Christian,Haughton and Bossier are competing. The semifinals are at 11:30a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Saturday with the championship match set for 5:45.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo All varsity matches will beplayed at Freedom Fields. Matches start at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 Friday and8 a.m. Saturday. The Division 1 field iscomprised of Airline, Byrd, Denham Springs, Loyola College Prep, CaptainShreve, Benton, Pineville, Acadiana, Bolton and Caddo Magnet.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…Next man up

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) smiles while stretching and talking with new teammates as head coach Mike Tomlin walks by during practice for the NFL football team, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers signed Vick to a 1-year deal to replace backup Bruce Gradkowski, out with a hand injury. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The season is still two weeks away yet the Steelers have been forced to make in season moves due to injuries already.  The pre season victory against the Packers proved far more costly than anyone could have ever imagined.  There is much debate about the value of these exhibition games in regards to tuning up the veteran players and that debate will only continue as the team saw starting All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey go down with an ankle injury, starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt also injured his ankle and backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski went down with a finger injury.Both Pouncey and Gradkowski’s injuries required surgery and will cause both players to miss extended time.  Tuitt will in all likelihood be back by opening night in New England.Should Tuitt miss the opener, the Steelers will be fine starting Cam Thomas at defensive end for a week or two. Tuitt is the better player but Thomas is a very adequate fill in and this injury is not a major concern.The loss of Pouncey, however, is. Pouncey is the leader of the offensive line and the best center in the NFL. He calls out protections, leads the way in the run game for LeVeon Bell and helps keep Big Ben on his feet.He will be sorely missed and his timetable for return is sometime in November.  The Steelers will need to tread water until his return and to help them do so, they brought back veteran Doug Legursky who helped fill in for Pouncey at center in the past.Legursky makes sense as he’s played in the system before, he’s familiar with Big Ben and he’s a solid offensive lineman who can play both center and guard. He should be able to help carry the load along with Cody Wallace, who will more than likely be the starter.Wallace and Legursky are clearly better suited as backups but they will now need to follow the mantra of ‘next man up’ and they are capable of getting this team to November, assuming Pouncey stays on his expected schedule.The loss of Gradkowski may not seem to be a big deal but having an experienced veteran who’s played in the system behind Big Ben is important. Gradkowski hasn’t seen the field much in his two seasons wearing the black and gold but he’s a guy that can be counted on in the pinch. He however is out for an extended time and with only Landry Jones as the other quarterback on the roster, the Steelers signed Mike Vick.Vick still has the ability to make defenses sweat with his rocket arm and blazing speed and is a good alternative to Gradkowski.  In fact, he may be an upgrade.  He’ll probably serve as the emergency quarterback to start, behind Jones, but should Big Ben go down and the team needs someone else to start, Vick will most likely get the nod.It is also my projection that Vick will stay on the roster for the entire season and will not be released if and when Gradkowski returns.Speaking parenthetically for a moment I need to note that many people are bashing the Steelers move of signing Vick, due to his past.  Those individuals need to get over themselves.  Vick served his time, he’s proven to be reformed and he has repeatedly stated he regrets his past decision and has become an advocate for animal rights.Who are any of us to judge a man who has paid his price, repented and learned from his mistakes?. He should be welcomed with open arms by the team and anyone who calls themselves a fan of the team. If you can’t accept that, take a look within yourself.The evil you’re perceiving within Vick is actually something you recognize within yourself, so before you judge him, figure out what it is that makes you that way and fix it.With one game remaining, the ‘dress rehearsal’,  the team must hope that no more injuries occur and they can get into the regular season as healthy as possible. Wallace, Legursky, Thomas and Vick will need to get extended time, prepping, playing and showing what they have. It’s only pre season but the Steelers are already in mid season form when it comes to relying on the “next man up”.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more

LVR Bomber teams score impressive results at Trail, Creston tournaments

first_imgBomber basketball teams shared impressive results during High School Boy’s tournaments in Trail and Creston over the weekend.The L.V. Rogers Senior Bombers rode the 30-point performance of Matti Erickson to knock off host J. Lloyd Crowe 68-54 in the final of the Hawks Basketball Tournament Saturday in the Silver City.Meanwhile, in the East Kootenay, the Junior Bombers shook off some early-game rust to blast David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 78-30 at the Prince Charles Comets Junior Boys Basketball Tournament Saturday in Creston.The Senior Bombers win was the first of the season over rival Crowe Hawks.LVR, missing a few seniors due to prior commitments, turned to the Grade 11s to carry the squad to victory.Also scoring for LVR was Johnny Michalchuk with 20 points.LVR opened the four-team tournament with a 76-58 loss to Crowe.Erickson and Michalchuk again paced the Bomber offence with 19 and 15 points, respectively.LVR then stopped Nakusp 74-22 with Erickson leading the attack with 10 points. Jacob Bonikowsky and Theo Lincourt each added eight points.The Bombers advanced to the final to replay Trail with a 59-45 win over David Thompson Lakers. Michalchuk and Bonikowsky scored 13 and 10 points, respectively for LVR.In Creston, LVR started strong, but could not maintain the pace against the high-powered Hawks losing 71-44 to Crowe in the opening game at the Prince Charles Tournament.Griffin Phillips, named tournament MVP for the Bombers, and Mika Whitefield led the Junior Bombers attack, scoring eight and seven points, respectively.Nathan Humphrey and Kailash Sanjivi each added six points.LVR shot the ball well against the Hawks zone defence, converting eight three-pointers in the game.The loss dropped LVR to the Consolation side of the tournament where the Bombers posted easy wins over Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and David Thompson.Quinn Kilpatrick scored 12 points, all in the second half, to lead LVR past Stanley Humphries 67-27.Josep Sola added six points for LVR while Humphrey and Sanjivi each scored five points.LVR completed the Consolation Round with a lopsided win over David Thompson.After a sluggish start, LVR outscored the Lakers 67-26 to complete the rout.Humphrey, earning Game Star for LVR, led all scorers with 11 points as the point guard keyed the Bomber press, converting turnovers into easy baskets.Jake Marshall added eight points while Kilpatrick had seven and Phillips and Sanjivi each had six.Both Bomber teams are back in action Wednesday when J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks visit the Hangar.Junior Bombers game tips off a 4 p.m. with the Senior Bombers contest following at 5:30 p.m.last_img read more

Spurs may open part of new stadium to fans on Saturday as building work goes on

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S new stadium is ready for another giant leap forwards – with plans to unveil part of it to the public THIS WEEKEND.New photos reveal progress made on the delayed, 62,000-seat, White Hart Lane venue.9 The outside of the West Stand of the new White Hart Lane ground is looking good as work continues around itCredit: Prime MediaAnd London’s Evening Standard say Spurs will confirm on Friday if the stadium’s megastore can open on Saturday.Our pictures show intensive construction work still going on with the hope of staging a match early next year.But for now the target is to welcome fans to what Tottenham believe will be the biggest shop within a football ground in Europe.Nonetheless, a 100-seat auditorium inside the megastore – which will be used for pre-match entertainment – will still not be ready.9 Much still needs to be done to turn the new stadium into the finished productCredit: Prime Media9 The club shop should be ready for opening this weekend but the date for stadium completion is still up in the airCredit: Prime MediaThe shop is within “The Tottenham Experience” – built inside Grade II listed building Warmington House on the corner of High Road and Park Lane.This premises will also house a visitors’ centre, museum and archive.Executive suites at the stadium near Spurs’ old ground are also nearly finished, while the pitch turf has been laid.9 The turf has been laid inside the ground and most of the exterior is in shapeCredit: Prime Media9 Workers are battling to make up time on a ground Spurs had hoped would already be fully open by nowCredit: Prime Media9 Work inside the new ground is the current priority at the White Hart Lane venueCredit: Prime MediaBut the football and NFL changing rooms, plus many of the bars, are lagging behind.For nostalgic supporters, Spurs have already unveiled a giant copy of their iconic ‘Golden Cockerel.It even includes replicas of the dents apparently caused to the original by Tottenham legend Paul Gascoigne messing around firing an airgun 30 years ago.9 The latest photos show the new Tottenham ground is still far from a finished productCredit: Prime Media9 Some heavy construction work still needs doing on the 62,000-seat stadiumCredit: Prime MediaTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele are ready for Saturday’s derby with West Ham but Dele Alli is out 9 It’s more than just finishing touches that need doing before Spurs can have a home of their ownCredit: Prime Mediamost read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upHarry Kane helps Dele Alli with unbelievable sniper shot as Tottenham and England stars enjoy Fortnite online gaming sessionlast_img read more

Retire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda Rousey

first_img“That’s it for her,” Nunes said Friday night. “For sure, she’s going to retire. She can’t take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing, because she can’t take my punches.”Other major figures in mixed martial arts disagree.Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday to encourage Rousey.READ: Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban“My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones wrote. “I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters after making a guaranteed $3 million along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC’s year-end show. She issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday.“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey wrote. “However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds. Nunes believes the cumulative stress of Rousey’s first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to “pressure her too much.”Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss.“I told her, ‘You did a lot for this sport,’” Nunes said. “‘Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.’ Why should she keep doing this? She’s a millionaire already. Why would she want to keep doing this? She’ll hurt herself.”But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey behind the acting jobs and modeling gigs.“What she does next will truly determine her legacy,” Jones wrote. “I really hope she chooses to be … unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made.”Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey’s coaching.Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, was widely criticized for his uneven, unusual coaching methods even before Rousey’s career faltered. Even Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has ripped Tarverdyan, but Rousey has remained fiercely loyal to her longtime guru. Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again.READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe UFC’s biggest names offered strong opinions about Rousey’s future Saturday, a day after Nunes punched Rousey into submission in less than a minute. Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight boutss 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes.After Nunes easily defended the bantamweight belt once held by Rousey, the champion encouraged Rousey to move on. We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Amanda Nunes, right, throws a punch at Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. Nunes won the fight after it was stopped in the first round. APLAS VEGAS, United States — Ronda Rousey is taking time off to ponder her future after her 48-second loss in her comeback fight at UFC 207.Amanda Nunes thinks Rousey must retire.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Jones is based at the Albuquerque gym of respected trainer Greg Jackson, the mastermind behind several UFC champions. Rousey’s striking has long been a weak spot for the Olympic judo medalist, and she was utterly unable to cope with Nunes’ punching ability, showing little growth in the past year from the weaknesses exposed by Holm.“Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family,” Jones wrote. “Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. … Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.”Rousey turns 30 years old in February, with several years of her ostensible athletic prime before her. While she has circled several major acting jobs after playing three supporting roles in recent years, she doesn’t appear to have any major film commitments.But Rousey took several months off after her first defeat, and she seems likely to be deliberate again. De Mars, who cradled Rousey as the fighter left the T-Mobile Arena cage, took to her blog Saturday to offer support.“She cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around,” De Mars wrote. “I am very proud of my daughter.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Eala aims for stints in Grand Slam jrs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? 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Fishing industry well placed to avoid disastrous Brexit – KFO

first_imgThe Irish fishing is well placed to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit with the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement and outline political declaration, say Donegal fishing bosses. The CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed the drafts as a positive first step.Both the draft withdrawal agreement, which seals the terms under which Britain will exit the EU, as well as the outline political declaration reflect the key concerns articulated by the Irish fishing industry in the course of the marathon 29 month negotiations. “We are quite encouraged by the text of both documents and recognise what is the culmination of a seismic job of work. In respect of fisheries, these high-stakes negotiations were very efficiently managed by the Irish Government, particularly the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Michael Creed in tandem with EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier and their respective officials.“Having fisheries referenced specifically in the draft withdrawal agreement – and maintaining the link to the wider trade sector in the political declaration – is a key ask from our perspective. We welcome progress made yesterday on the Brexit withdrawal agreement. This is a significant first step in defining our relations with an important neighbour and we hope that this constructive spirit will carry on into the next phase of negotiations.“While strong foundations have now been laid, the construction of the building comes next and this will require the same level of focus, determination and concerted endeavour on the part of all relevant stakeholders to ensure an edifice that is fit-for-purpose. We know only too well from experience that fisheries negotiations are multi-faceted and highly complex and much remains to be agreed.“We firmly believe that the future framework for fisheries, after the transition period, needs to maintain the current levels of reciprocal access to waters and markets, as well as sound science-based fisheries management. The text presented on the table takes the first steps to deliver on this and we look forward to productive negotiations in the near future. “Yesterday the Taoiseach reiterated remarks he made previously relating to the Irish fisheries sector which we have always agreed with. Aside from recognising the importance of access to UK waters, he commented on the importance of the UK selling its fish to the EU. He also stated: ‘The UK will want other things as well, for example, with regard to financial services. All these matters are interlinked and will be part of the future relationship and while the UK might have a strong hand when it comes to fisheries we have a strong hand when it comes to services and other matters too.’”Ireland’s two biggest fisheries, mackerel (60%) and nephrops (40%) (or prawns) are hugely dependent on access to UK waters with the overall dependency for all stocks of over 30%. Maintaining reciprocal access to waters and resources need to be at the heart of the post-Brexit relationship in fisheries given the historic ties and inextricable links between our countries and industries.Mr O’Donoghue concluded by acknowledging the effectiveness of the united approach taken by the European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) which was established less than two months after the British vote to protect the interests of fleets from national organisations in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The alliance accounts for over 18,000 fishermen and 3,500 vessels with an annual turnover €20.7 billion.Fishing industry well placed to avoid disastrous Brexit – KFO was last modified: November 15th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Man charged with damaging mattress in his cell

first_imgChatham-Kent police responded to a parking lot on St. Clair Street Tuesday after reports of a suspicious man.Police found the suspect and learned he allegedly stole a Husky flashlight and batteries from Home Depot.The 27-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000.While in custody, the man damaged the mattress in his cell, police said. He was additionally charged with mischief under $5,000 and held for bail.Failing to complyOn Feb. 26, a man was released from court with several conditions, including not to communicate with a specific Chatham woman.Earlier this week, police learned the man had reportedly been in contact with the woman sending her text messages and emails.On Tuesday morning, the 53-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with two counts of failing to comply. He was taken to the courthouse and released with a another court date.Failing to sign inOn March 4, a woman was released from court with several conditions, including to attend police headquarters every Thursday to sign in.The woman has only signed in twice since then, police said. On Tuesday afternoon, police found the Chatham woman and she was arrested. The 25-year-old was charged with failing to comply. She was released with a court date.Theft chargeDuring the early morning hours of April 23, an officer on patrol saw two men in a parking lot on Park Avenue East reportedly trying to load a hockey net onto the roof of a minivan.The officer found this suspicious so turned around to investigate. The officer identified the men and seized the net pending further investigation.Through investigation, the officer learned the hockey net, valued at $300, had been stolen from a Chatham residence, police said.On Tuesday, one of the men visited police headquarters to claim the hockey net seized from him by the officer. At this time, he was arrested.The 27-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. He was released with a court date. Police continue to look for the second man involved.Domestic-related offencesA man went to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Wallaceburg Tuesday morning and allegedly kicked the door, causing damage to the frame in an attempt to get in.The man was removed from the property by police and told not to return. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., the man reportedly returned and walked right into her home, police said.The 47-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000 and being unlawfully in a dwelling house. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.Break and enterSome time over the weekend, someone forced their way into a fenced compound on Riverview Drive, causing about $100 damage.Stolen were various gas-related components, including nine metres of black hose, approximately six small valves and several pipe fittings valued at $5,000.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Danica Quenneville at danicaq@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87312. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.last_img read more

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Lefty Startup Offers Free Apps for Democratic Candidates

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The founders of Campaign Live want to level the playing field for political candidates running for state, county and local office – if those candidates are Democrats.The month-old company has been offering Facebook, MySpace, Web and mobile Web apps for between $0 and $999, depending on a client’s ability to pay. But today Campaign Live announced a generous promotion: free apps for any Democratic candidate during election season between now and Nov. 2.Campaign Live sells pre-fabricated or “white-label” Facebook, MySpace, and mobile Web apps which can be tweaked and branded to look custom-made. Campaign Live advises its clients to ask supporters with iPhones to bookmark the mobile Web app on the homescreen so it mimics a native iPhone app.An example of the Campaign Live mobile web app.The apps are basic, but they offer the functions most crucial to a candidate: meet the candidate, read news, “tweet” or “like” the campaign, and most importantly – “volunteer” and “contribute.” Donations are collected via the online Democratic fundraising clearinghouse Act Blue.Candidates including Jerry Brown, a Democrat running for Governor in California, and Matt Dunne, a Democrat running for Governor in Vermont, are already using the service. Campaign Live also builds apps for issue campaigns such as fundraising for the Gulf Coast clean-up necessitated by the BP oil spill.“We want to make sure that anyone who wants to run for any office or drive any issue campaign can do it, and money and technology are not the barriers to entry,” co-founder Rob Kramer told political news site The Uptake last month at Netroots Nation, a conference for progressive bloggers.But by anyone, Kramer and his partners really mean Democrats. “We don’t think non-partisan sites ilke this work very well, primarily because we think it’s important to put your money where your mouth is,” Kramer said.The price for a Campaign Live app is imminently affordable even for the most underground political candidates at the local-est levels who are still learning about social media. Federal candidates are fairly savvy, but local and state candidates are still “on the learning curve” when it comes to Web and mobile apps, Kramer said. “State and local candidates are just getting up to speed with this stuff,” he said.Campaign Live is getting a lot of interest from candidates thanks to the promotion, he said, and he is talking to national organizations including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic Municipal Officials.Kramer said he has not heard of any similar “apps for all” effort from the other side. “Democrats tend to be pretty ahead of the curve in terms of this type of technology,” he said. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#politics#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market adrianne jeffries A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more