Saturday, August 23, 2008

Democratic National Committee 2008 Convention: Public Schedule

23 Aug 2008 04:55 Africa/Lagos

Democratic National Committee 2008 Convention: Public Schedule

Last Revised: Friday, August 22, 2:00 pm MT/4:00 pm ET

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd

10:00 am INVESCO FIELD AT MILE HIGH AVAIL & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH
COLORADO GOVERNOR BILL RITTER, COLORADO SENATOR KEN SALAZAR AND
DENVER MAYOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER

Availability and stadium b-roll opportunity.

Location: INVESCO Field at Mile High. Media Parking Lot J -
Enter at Gate 4.

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006


11:30 am RULES COMMITTEE MEETING

One of three "Standing Committees" of the 2008 Convention, the
Rules Committee is responsible for the "Permanent Rules of
Procedure," Convention Agenda, and Officers. Former Governor
David Walters, former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar and Sunita
Leeds, Chair of the DNC Indo-American Leadership Council Advisory
Board, serve as Chairs. Public registration begins at 10:30 am
outside meeting room.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom

Contact: Matt Farrauto, mfarrauto@coloradodems.org,
(505) 235-0419


SUNDAY, AUGUST 24th

10:00 am CONVENTION KICK-OFF PRESS BRIEFING

Convention Co-Chairs Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Kansas Governor
Kathleen Sebelius, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Texas State
Senator Leticia Van de Putte officially kick off Convention week.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

*Please note the dial-in phone number for the listen-in only line
is (866) 793-1308


11:30 am CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE MEETING

One of three "Standing Committees" of the 2008 Convention, the
Credentials Committee resolves outstanding questions concerning
the seating of delegates and alternates to the Convention, to
determine who should be recognized to vote. The Committee is led
by former US. Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, Massachusetts
DNC member James Roosevelt, Jr., and Puerto Rico DNC member
Eliseo Roques Arroyo. Public registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
outside meeting room.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Korbel Ballroom 4

Contact: Caroline Ciccone, cicconec@dnc.org, (720) 362-2006


12:30 - THE WESTERN MAJORITY PROJECT STAKEOUT: INTRODUCTION TO LEADERS OF
2:00 pm THE WEST

Media are invited to pose one-on-one interviews with Arizona
Governor Janet Napolitano, Colorado Senator Ken Salazar and
others.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Rebecca Kirszner, info@westernmajorityproject.org,
(215) 749-2541


2:00 pm INTERFAITH GATHERING

First-ever Convention interfaith gathering brings together
delegates, elected officials, local residents, musical guests and
spiritual leaders. A working press pass is required for on-site
press registration.

Location: Wells Fargo Theater, Colorado Convention Center

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006


DAILY (MONDAY, August 25th - THURSDAY, August 28th)

7:00 - STATE DELEGATION MEETINGS -- ALL DAYS
9:00 am
Locations -
Alabama: Doubletree Denver Stapleton, 3203 Quebec Street
Alaska: Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast, 6363 E. Hampden
American Samoa: Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast,
6363 E. Hampden
Arizona: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue
Arkansas: Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows,
10345 Park Meadows Drive, Littleton
California: Sheraton Denver Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood
Colorado: Grand Hyatt Downtown, 1750 Welton Street
Connecticut: Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse Street
Delaware: Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows,
10345 Park Meadows, Littleton
Democrats Abroad: Red Lion Hotel Denver Central,
4040 Quebec Street
District of Columbia: Crowne Plaza Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place
Florida: Red Lion Hotel Denver Central, 4040 Quebec Street
Georgia: Doubletree Denver Stapleton, 3203 Quebec Street
Guam: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton Street,
Greenwood Village
Hawaii: Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows,
10345 Park Meadows Drive, Littleton
Idaho: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton Street,
Greenwood Village
Illinois: Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street
Indiana: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton Street,
Greenwood Village
Iowa: Courtyard by Marriott, Denver Downtown, 934 16th Street
Kansas: Doubletree Denver Tech Center, 7801 E. Orchard Road,
Greenwood Village
Kentucky: Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown, 1400 Welton Street
Louisiana: Radisson Stapleton Plaza, 3333 Quebec Street
Maine: Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown, 1400 Welton Street
Maryland: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec
Massachusetts: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec
Michigan: Renaissance Suites at Flatiron, 500 Flatiron Boulevard,
Broomfield
Minnesota: Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast,
6363 E. Hampden
Mississippi: Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Meridian
9290 S. Meridian Boulevard, Englewood
Missouri: Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center,
10250 E. Costilla Avenue, Centennial
Montana: Courtyard Stapleton, 7415 E. 41st Avenue, Denver
Nebraska: Embassy Suites Denver Southeast, 7525 E. Hampden Avenue
Nevada: Courtyard by Marriott, Denver Downtown, 934 16th Street
New Hampshire: Wingate by Wyndham Greenwood Village,
8000 E. Peakview Avenue, Englewood
New Jersey: Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood
New Mexico: Crowne Plaza Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place
New York: Sheraton Denver Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood,
North Carolina: Doubletree Denver Tech Center,
7801 E. Orchard Road,
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
North Dakota: Doubletree Denver Stapleton, 3203 Quebec Street
Ohio: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street
Oklahoma: Embassy Suites Denver Southeast, 7525 E. Hampden Avenue
Oregon: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue
Pennsylvania: Marriot Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse Street
Puerto Rico: Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast,
6363 E. Hampden
Rhode Island: Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast,
6363 E. Hampden
South Carolina: Radisson Stapleton Plaza, 3333 Quebec Street
South Dakota: Doubletree Denver Stapleton, 3203 Quebec Street
Tennessee: Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse Street
Texas: Red Lion Denver Southeast, 3200 S. Parker Road, Aurora
Utah: Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street
Vermont: Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street
Virgin Islands: Denver Marriott City Center,
1701 California Street
Virginia: Crowne Plaza Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place
Washington: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue
West Virginia: Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street
Wisconsin: Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street
Wyoming: Hyatt Place, Denver Tech Center,
8300 E. Crescent Parkway, Englewood

Contact: State Party Press Staff


9:15 am DAILY CONVENTION PRESS BRIEFING

Representatives of the DNCC and the Obama for America campaign
brief the media.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

*Please note the dial-in phone number for the listen-in only line
is (866) 847-7859


MONDAY, AUGUST 25th

10:00 am - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
12:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

AAPI Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom 4 Black Caucus: Wells Fargo
Theater 2
Ethnic Coordinated Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1E
First American Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 4C&D
Hispanic Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 2&3


11:00 am DGA LEADERSHIP MEDIA ROUNDTABLE

Democratic Governors Association (DGA) Chair West Virginia
Governor Joe Manchin, DGA Vice Chair Montana Governor Brian
Schweitzer and Finance Chair Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
will discuss the DGA's role this year through 2010, a period that
includes the most important political races prior to
congressional and legislative redistricting and reapportionment.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 401

Contact: Brian Namey, namey@dga.net, (202) 772-5620


12:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
2:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

LGBT Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom 2&3
Senior Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 4A&B


1:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
3:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Rural Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 4A-C


2:00 pm THE WESTERN MAJORITY PROJECT BRIEFING: ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE IS
THROUGH THE WEST

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Colorado Senator Ken Salazar,
and other officials give overview of electoral trends and polling
highlighting McCain vulnerabilities in region.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Rebecca Kirszner, info@westernmajorityproject.org,
(215) 749-2541


TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th

10:00 am - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
1:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Women's Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom


11:00 am US. HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP AND HOUSE MEMBERS PRESS
CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip
James Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel,
Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) and US. House Members
will highlight the New Direction Congress's comprehensive
strategy for American Energy Independence.

Location: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Contacts: Doug Thornell, (301) 466-4968 or Nick Papas,
(202) 841-4162

(**Pre-set is 10:30 am**)


12:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
2:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Disability Caucus: Meeting Rooms 610 & 612
Faith Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 4A-C Youth Caucus: Wells Fargo
Theater 3


1:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
3:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Veterans & Military Families Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1


2:30 pm THE WESTERN MAJORITY PROJECT BRIEFING: CAPTURING THE HISPANIC
VOTE

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson explores how Hispanic vote is
key to long term viability in the Southwest region. Research
presentation on Hispanic trends, update on ground game and
mobilization efforts.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Rebecca Kirszner, info@westernmajorityproject.org,
(215) 749-2541


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th

10:00 am - DELEGATE SERVICE DAY
12:00 pm
Michelle Obama and Jeannie Ritter co-chair Delegate Service Day,
where more than 1,400 Convention delegates from across the
country volunteer at dozens of community service sites in and
around Denver. See http://www.demconvention.com/delegate
projects/ for project venues and details.

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006


10:00 am - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
12:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

AAPI Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Black Caucus: Wells Fargo Theater 2
Ethnic Coordinated Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1E
First American Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1E&F
Hispanic Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 2&3


11:15 am DSCC PRESS CONFERENCE

Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman New York Senator
Chuck Schumer, and United States Senate candidates will hold a
press conference to discuss the need for an expanded Democratic
majority in the Senate.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Matthew Miller, miller@dscc.org, (202) 255-1594


12:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
2:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

LGBT Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom 1&2
Senior Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1D&E


1:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
3:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Rural Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 2A&B


2:30 pm THE WESTERN MAJORITY PROJECT BRIEFING: THE POLITICS OF ENERGY

Officials TBD discuss efficiency & renewable energy as an
economic and terrorism message

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm. 601

Contact: Rebecca Kirszner, info@westernmajorityproject.org,
(215) 749-2541


THURSDAY, August 28

7:30 am UNITY BREAKFAST COMMEMORATING 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF
"I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH

Martin Luther King III joins civil rights leaders including Rev.
Al Sharpton and faith leaders Rabbi Jack Moline and Sister Simone
Campbell to honor Martin Luther King Jr., the message of his "I
Have a Dream" speech and the movement behind the March on
Washington.

Location: Korbel Ballroom, Colorado Convention Center

Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006


10:00 am - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
1:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Women's Caucus: Four Seasons Ballroom


12:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETING
2:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Disability Caucus: Meeting Rooms 610 & 612
Faith Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 4A-C
Youth Caucus: Wells Fargo Theater 3


1:00 - DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEETINGS
3:00 pm
Contact: Convention Joint Press Office, (720) 362-2006

Veterans & Military Families Caucus: Korbel Ballroom 1


FRIDAY, August 29

10:00 am DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Location: Korbel Ballroom, Colorado Convention Center

Contact: Blaine Rummel, rummelb@dnc.org, (202) 553-3735


About the DNCC:

The 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee is the official arm of the Democratic National Committee responsible for planning and organizing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. www.DemConvention.com


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Source: Democratic National Committee

CONTACT: Daniel M. Watson, Public Affairs Coordinator, Democratic
National Convention Committee, +1-720-362-2006


Web site: http://www.democrats.org/
http://www.demconvention.com/



Dean Statement on Selection of Senator Joe Biden as America's Next Vice President from the Democratic National Committee



23 Aug 2008 17:37 Africa/Lagos

Dean Statement on Selection of Senator Joe Biden as America's Next Vice President from the Democratic National Committee

DENVER, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement on the selection of Senator Joe Biden as Barack Obama's running mate:


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"Senator Obama has made an outstanding selection in Joe Biden. Joe Biden is a strong leader, fierce advocate, and devoted family man with values rooted in the best of what America stands for. He will be a strong partner with Barack Obama in bringing the change America wants and needs.


"Delegates here in Denver are already buzzing with strong enthusiasm for the Obama-Biden ticket.


"Senator Obama's selection shows that unlike the Bush-McCain way of doing politics, Obama is not afraid to have strong people around him helping to lead our great country.


"Together they will serve America well over the next eight years, and our Party is ready to rally behind them and put them on the path to the White House starting right here in Denver."


Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, www.democrats.org.


This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


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Source: Democratic National Committee

CONTACT: Karen Finney, +1-202-863-8148, for The Democratic National
Committee


Web site: Democratic National Committee

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"Africa for Obama" is Another Nigerian 419


Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke

"Africa for Obama" is Another Nigerian 419
« on: Today at 03:51:19 AM »

It does not take long to uncover the facade of a greedy Nigerian, irrespective of the academic, professional or social status. The organisers of "Africa for Obama" are daylight criminals who think they are smart enough to fool the foolish Nigerians and others they have swindled under the cover of mobilizing support for the election of Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election in the United States of America.

Who told them that Africans in America need socio-political mobilization and sensitization to vote for Barack Obama?

What a childish and foolish excuse to swindle the ignorant and miseducated elites and money bags in Nigeria.

These fools who have not even thought of donating money for the renovation of classrooms, libraries and laboratories of the neglected government polytechnics , colleges of education and universities have rushed like fools to donate millions of naira to a 419 political dinner/concert that is illegal and criminal.

This is another evidence of the decadence and ignorance plaguing Nigerian elites and corrupt title holders. Now you can see why Nigeria is plagued by these demons in disguise in high places and the millions of ignorant Nigerians at their beck and call.

The legions of hypocrites, parasites and prostitutes who parade themselves in the arcade of power in the masquerade of their academic, professional and political titles. Are these the apes who will lead Nigeria into the Promise Land of Vision 2020?We must separate ourselves from these legions, lest we would be entangled in the deadly tentacles of their corruption.

The disgrace of Ndi Okereke-Onyuike is long over due and she is not alone.

They are a legion of women who are actiually the cankerworms of corruption destroying Nigeria by their whoredom.Lest we forget, thousands of their beneficiaries are among us, pretending to be innocent sheep of the Nigerian flock, but God knows they are wolves in sheep clothing.They shuttle to and from Lagos and Abuja, Port Harcourt and Abuja, Warri and Abuja, Calabar and Abuja, Benin City and Abuja, Enugu and Abuja, Umuahia and Abuja and other Nigerian state capitals.. But they know themselves and are members of the same cult who are posing and posturing as "Christians" and "Muslims" in the public sector and private sector.

All the members of the boards of directors of the top banks in Nigeria are shareholders of the blood money from the Niger Delta to Abuja.

Their judgment day is at hand.

We must not spare anyone of them as Jerry Rawlings did not spare any of the cankerworms of corruption in Ghana.

We must not spare them and their beneficiaries.This is the only solution, otherwise Nigeria cannot be redeemed.

We must not look back in the pursuit of justice in Nigeria.

Latest news update: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized the passport of the Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke.

I think the criminals behind Africa for Obama have gone into hiding





Friday, August 22, 2008

Play "Catch the Bomb" and Spread the Word



Every year, millions of people suffer as a result of the irresponsible arms trade.

Two years ago, 153 governments voted at the United Nations to start work on developing an international Arms Trade Treaty. We want as many people as possible to take action to control the arms trade.

Play "Catch the Bomb" and spread the word

Throughout 2008, a group of experts from 28 countries has been meeting to discuss the content of the treaty. Now is the time to turn words into action and deliver an Arms Trade Treaty strong enough to save lives and stop irresponsible arms deals.

A small minority of governments opposes international controls on the arms trade and is determined to block, derail and delay any further progress on the treaty. They must not be allowed to succeed.

Tell your government that the world is watching, it’s time for an Arms Trade Treaty.

Thank you for supporting us,

The Control Arms Team



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dr. Ayo Ajayi Appointed Vice President For Field Programs

21 Aug 2008 17:23 Africa/Lagos

Dr. Ayo Ajayi Appointed Vice President For Field Programs

SEATTLE, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- PATH today announced the appointment of Ayo Ajayi, MD, MPH, as vice president of field programs, effective September 1, 2008. Dr. Ajayi is an internationally recognized expert with more than 25 years of experience in global health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. His areas of expertise include building health service capacity and developing culturally appropriate service-delivery models in low-resource settings.


Ajayi will lead strategy development and implementation for PATH's country programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He will represent the organization internationally, nationally, and locally and serve as the primary liaison between PATH headquarters and field offices. Ajayi replaces Harriet Stanley, PhD, who has left PATH to return to her home community in British Columbia, Canada.


"We are thrilled to have Dr. Ajayi join us in our work to strengthen and grow our country programs," said Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, PATH's president and CEO. "His leadership skills, outstanding knowledge of global health needs, and excellent relationships with other global health organizations and leaders will help us further our mission in the years to come."


Ajayi is currently regional director for sub-Saharan Africa for the Population Council, where he manages seven offices and oversees the organization's regional research portfolio. Prior to joining the Population Council in 1990, he was a regional vice president for Pathfinder International. He also taught at Boston University and served as a government health officer in Nigeria. Ajayi has been a consultant to USAID, the World Health Organization, and several United Nations agencies. His professional activities include serving as a board member for the Africa Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), which he helped establish, and as chair of the advisory committee on access for the International Partnership for Microbicides.


"I have worked closely with Ayo and know that his extensive knowledge of health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa will be an excellent asset to PATH," said Alex Ezeh, PhD, MSc, a PATH board member and executive director of APHRC.


Ajayi completed his medical training at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and received a master's degree in public health from Boston University. He also holds a certificate in family planning from the London University School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is fluent in Yoruba and Hausa.


About PATH


PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH's work improves global health and well-being.


Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH has 35 offices in 20 countries. PATH currently works in more than 70 countries in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.


For more information, please visit http://www.path.org/.


Source: PATH

CONTACT: Gena Morgan of PATH, +1-206-285-3500, gmorgan@path.org


Web site: http://www.path.org/



Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Zogby Poll Results Bad News for McCain, Obama


New book by Joseph Farah calls on Americans to vote 'None of the Above' in 2008. (PRNewsFoto/WND Books) WASHINGTON, DC UNITED STATES 08/13/2008

20 Aug 2008 17:17 Africa/Lagos


New Zogby Poll Results Bad News for McCain, Obama

Nearly 2 in 3 voters want someone else: 62.4% of Americans say they would like to see better choices of candidates, parties in future

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Zogby poll commissioned by Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily founder and author of the new book: "None of the Above: Why 2008 is the Year to Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote" indicates a large percentage are ready to throw in the towel rather than vote for either of the two candidates in Nov. 2008.


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Unlike any other scientific poll conducted in 2008, this survey asked randomly selected respondents about their level of enthusiasm for presidential candidates and offered the actual alternatives to the major party candidates that will appear on most ballots across the country - as well as the option of simply not voting.


"I think what we see here confirms my observation that there is widespread disenchantment with the two major-party nominees, something that has simply not been adequately measured before this poll," Farah says. "There is a leaderless, grass-roots movement out there to boycott both McCain and Obama in 2008 - to make a statement, to demand better candidates in the future from better parties. This could be a historic election for non-participation in a year with no high-profile third-party alternatives."


Barack Obama came in first with just 38.1 percent of the vote to John McCain's 33.6 percent.


A whopping 21.3 percent said they were still undecided - a remarkably high figure for this late in the campaign that ends Nov. 4. But another 7.3 percent indicated they would not be voting at all.


Only 21.7 percent of respondents described themselves as very excited about the choice of candidates for president this year. A similar number, 21.5 percent, said they were "not at all" excited about the options.


Younger voters say they want more competition in the political marketplace. Some 83 percent of voters 18-24 express that opinion, while 73 percent of those between 25-34 do. In addition, 76.4 percent of those who describe themselves as "very conservative" say they want more viable candidate and party choices in the future.


It also appears the enthusiasm gap hits McCain harder than Obama, with 22.3 percent of Republicans expressing no excitement at all over the election vs. 11.9 percent of Democrats. On the other hand, 35.3 percent of Democrats say they are "very much" excited about the choice vs. 14.4 percent of Republicans.


Joseph Farah is founder and CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, the world's leading independent Internet news source. Farah writes a daily column for WND and a weekly newspaper column for Creators Syndicate. He is also founder and co-publisher of WND Books, a publishing venture that has produced several New York Times bestsellers in the last five years.


Contact: Maria Sliwa, M. Sliwa Public Relations, 973-272-2861 / 212-202-4453, media@msliwa.com


Websites: http://wnd.com and http://wndbooks.com

WND/Zogby Poll: http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=72455


Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link:


Joseph Farah


https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=80102


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Source: Joseph Farah for WorldNetDaily

CONTACT: Maria Sliwa, +1-973-272-2861, +1-212-202-4453,
media@msliwa.com, for Joseph Farah for WorldNetDaily


Web Site: http://wnd.com/
http://wndbooks.wnd.com/



Is McCain or Obama the Strongest Leader for U.S. President?

20 Aug 2008 15:42 Africa/Lagos


Is McCain or Obama the Strongest Leader for U.S. President?

Top Leadership Development Firm Asks Public to Rate Leadership Traits of the Candidates at NextNationalCEO.com

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With the presidential election just a few months away, Personnel Decisions International (PDI), a global leadership consulting firm with decades of experience working with CEOs, developed NextNationalCEO.com, a website where visitors can rate the leadership traits of the candidates. When the vice presidential candidates are announced, the site will also allow users to rate the leadership traits of the running mates.


The site lets users rate the presidential candidates on ten characteristics that PDI consultants use to assess CEOs at today's top companies. Currently, in order of importance, the ten traits are vision, insightful judgment, trustworthiness, gets things done, inspires others, good judge of people, influences others, courage, confidence and energy. Obama is currently leading in all of the ten traits.


"This presidential race is being closely followed by U.S. voters and observers around the world. NextNationalCEO.com allows all interested in the race an opportunity to rate leadership traits of the candidates," said Bob Muschewske, senior vice president and executive consultant at PDI.


PDI has been working with top executives and CEOs at major companies for over 40 years. PDI serves 80 percent of Fortune 100 firms and uses in-depth data and research to determine which characteristics are critical for success in the top spots.


"When we rate potential CEOs we are helping provide the information that boards of directors need to make the best decisions on who is the best fit for the top role. This website is designed to let visitors experiment with leadership evaluation by rating the presidential candidates using some of the same traits we use to evaluate top business leaders," Muschewske continued.


Users rate each candidate on this list of characteristics, then rate the importance of each characteristic. Visitors to the website can instantly view real-time results to compare candidates.


When the running mates are announced, visitors should revisit the site to rate the new candidates in the presidential race.


ABOUT PERSONNEL DECISIONS INTERNATIONAL


Personnel Decisions International (PDI) is a global leadership consulting firm with distinctive expertise in building leadership talent that provides real competitive advantage. With 30 offices around the globe, PDI enables the world's leading organizations to make consistently effective talent decisions about leaders. http://www.personneldecisions.com/


Source: Personnel Decisions International

CONTACT: Jen Jorgensen, +1-404-266-7538, jjorgensen@webershandwick.com,
for Personnel Decisions International


Web site: http://www.personneldecisions.com/



Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mikhail Gorbachev to Receive 2008 Liberty Medal



Mikhail Gorbachev to Receive 2008 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center

WHO: Mikhail Gorbachev


WHAT: Will receive the 2008 Liberty Medal in an outdoor ceremony at the


National Constitution Center in Historic Philadelphia.

WHEN: Thursday, September 18
Media Check-In: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Press Q&A with President Gorbachev: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Constitution Center
Front Lawn
525 Arch Street
Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106


DETAILS: The National Constitution Center's 2008 Liberty Medal will be awarded to former Soviet leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev for his courageous role in ending the dangerous, decades-long Cold War and in giving hope and freedom to millions who lived behind the Iron Curtain. The public ceremony will set the stage for international commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009.


A special press Q&A opportunity with President Gorbachev will take place in the Center's Kirby Auditorium from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. prior to the ceremony. All credentialed media will have access to the Q&A session.


Fittingly, the Liberty Medal will be presented to Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush, Chairman of the National Constitution Center. While serving as President of the U.S., Bush's friendship and political alliance with Gorbachev enabled the world's two superpowers to peacefully end their decades-long rivalry. Governor Edward G. Rendell and Mayor Michael A. Nutter will also participate in the ceremony.


The Liberty Medal ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS 3 on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. The CW Philly 57 will rebroadcast the ceremony that same evening at 10:00 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE: Credentials are required for press entry to this event. The following credential application must be completed and returned to Ashley Berke by Friday, September 5.


REQUEST FOR PRESS CREDENTIALS FOR
2008 LIBERTY MEDAL
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall

Return form no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2008.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE SEND ONE FORM PER PERSON.

THERE WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF ONE REPORTER AND ONE PHOTOGRAPHER PER OUTLET ADMITTED TO THE CEREMONY ON DAY OF EVENT.


(Additional media may attend press Q&A session)

CREDENTIAL PICK-UPS:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
3:30p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PICK UP AT CHECK-IN POINT UPON ARRIVAL
6th and Arch Streets

FULL NAME________________________________________________________
MEDIA AFFILIATION_________________________________________________
RSVP FOR PRESS Q&A _____________________________________________

(If you RSVP yes, please specify if you will attend both the Q&A and the ceremony, or if you will only attend the Q&A)


ADDRESS_________________________________________________________
CITY, STATE, ZIP___________________________________________________
TELEPHONE_________________________FAX __________________________

E-MAIL____________________(Needed for confirmation of your application's approval)


SOCIAL SECURITY #____________________BIRTHDATE__________________
IF FREELANCE, NAME OF ASSIGNING MEDIA*___________________________
*All media must be filing a story to receive a credential.

YOU MAY MAKE COPIES OF THIS CREDENTIAL REQUEST FORM
AND FAX TO ASHLEY BERKE AT 215-409-6650
OR E-MAIL TO ABERKE@CONSTITUTIONCENTER.ORG
no later than Friday, September 5, 2008.

CREDENTIALS ARE REQUIRED FOR PRESS ENTRY TO THIS EVENT

You will receive confirmation of your approval via email by 9/10.

Please do not inquire about the status of your application prior to that date.


Thank you.


/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Aug. 15/


Source: National Constitution Center

CONTACT: Ashley Berke of the National Constitution Center,
+1-215-409-6650, aberke@constitutioncenter.org


Web Site: http://www.constitutioncenter.org/

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

President Bush to Russia: Honor Georgia Cease-fire



16 Aug 2008 15:06 Africa/Lagos

Radio Address of President Bush to the Nation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a transcript of the weekly radio address by President Bush:


THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. For more than a week, the people of the nation of Georgia have withstood assault from the Russian military. The world has watched with alarm as Russia invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatened a democratic government elected by its people. This act is completely unacceptable to the free nations of the world.


The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government. We insist that Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity be respected. And Moscow must honor its pledge to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory.


Earlier this week I directed a series of steps to demonstrate America's solidarity with the Georgian people and to help bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict. On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in France, where she conferred with President Sarkozy about the diplomatic effort that the French government is leading on behalf of the European Union.


Yesterday, she was in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where she conveyed America's support for Georgia's democratic government. And next week, Secretary Rice will travel to Brussels, where she will meet with the foreign ministers of our NATO allies and EU officials to continue our efforts to rally the free world in defense of a free Georgia.


Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is overseeing a mission by the United States military to provide humanitarian aid for the people of Georgia. In recent days, U.S. cargo planes carrying humanitarian supplies have arrived in Georgia. In the days ahead, we will continue using U.S. aircraft and other assets as needed to deliver more humanitarian and medical supplies. Russia has agreed to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance, and Russia must keep open all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads, and airspace for civilian transit and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.


Some Americans listening today may wonder why events taking place in a small country halfway around the world matter to the United States. In the years since it gained independence after the Soviet Union's collapse, Georgia has become a courageous democracy whose people are making the tough choices that are required of free societies.


Since the Rose Revolution in 2003, the Georgian people have held free elections, opened up their economy, and built the foundations of a successful democracy. Georgia has sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to help others achieve the liberty that they struggled so hard to attain. To further strengthen their democracy, Georgia has sought to join the free institutions of the West. The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside.


Georgia's emergence as a young democracy has been part of an inspiring and hopeful new chapter in Europe's history. Europe has moved beyond the world wars that killed millions of people and the Cold War that divided its citizens between two superpowers. For the first time in memory, Europe is becoming a continent that is whole, free, and at peace. And it is essential that America and other free nations ensure that an embattled democracy seeking to stand with us remains sovereign, secure, and undivided.


Russia's actions in Georgia raise serious questions about its role and its intentions in the Europe of the 21st century. In recent years, Russia has sought to integrate into the diplomatic, political, economic, and security structures of the West. The United States has supported those efforts. Now Russia has put its aspirations at risk by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with the principles of those institutions.


To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe, and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must act to end this crisis.


Thank you for listening.


Source: White House Press Office

CONTACT: White House Press Office, +1-202-456-2580


Web Site: White House



Sunday, August 10, 2008

NEWSWEEK Cover: What Bush Got Right


In the August 18-25 double issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, August 11): "What Bush Got Right." Fareed Zakaria assesses what President Bush has done right in American foreign policy that his successors might choose to emulate or continue. Plus: the jingoism of Chinese who return to the homeland after living overseas; Fannie, Freddie and the subprime mess that might have been avoided; an interview with T. Boone Pickens; and videogame players no longer on the margins of the industry. (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 08/10/2008

10 Aug 2008 16:05 Africa/Lagos

NEWSWEEK Cover: What Bush Got Right

Fareed Zakaria Looks At President Bush's Successes In American Foreign Policy; 'Blanket Criticism Of Bush Misses An Important Reality'

The Foreign Policies In Place Now 'Are More Sensible, Moderate And Mainstream. In Many Cases The Next President Should Follow Rather Than Reverse Them'

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A broad shift in America's approach to the world is justified and overdue, writes Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria in the current issue. President Bush's basic conception of a "global War on Terror," to take but the most obvious example, "has been poorly thought-through, badly implemented, and has produced many unintended costs that will linger for years if not decades. But blanket criticism of Bush misses an important reality."


(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080810/NYSU004 )


He writes that for "whatever reasons and through whichever path, the foreign policies in place now are more sensible, moderate and mainstream. In many cases the next president should follow rather then reverse them."


Zakaria examines the administration's successes in American foreign policy, while also noting its failures, in the August 18-25 cover "What Bush Did Right" (on newsstands Monday, August 11). "The administration that became the target of so much passion and anger -- from Democrats, Republicans, independents, foreigners, Martians, everyone -- is not quite the one in place today. The foreign policies that aroused the greatest anger and opposition were mostly pursued in Bush's first term: the invasion of Iraq, the rejection of treaties, diplomacy and multilateralism. In the last few years, many of these policies have been modified, abandoned or reversed. This has happened without acknowledgment -- which is partly what drives critics crazy -- and it's often been done surreptitiously. It doesn't reflect a change of heart so much as an admission of failure; the old way simply wasn't working."


He writes: "Consider as a symbol of this shift Bush's appointment of the World Bank's president. His first choice for the job was Paul Wolfowitz, an arch neoconservative with little background in economics. But by the time Wolfowitz was forced to resign and the post opened up again, Bush realized that he needed a less ideological choice, and he picked the highly qualified and respected Robert Zoellick. Where Dick Cheney was once the poster child for the administration, today policy is being run by Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, Stephen Hadley and Hank Paulson -- all pragmatists. Change has not extended to all areas, and in many places it's been too little, too late. But that there has been a shift to the center in many crucial areas of foreign policy is simply undeniable."


All this is not meant as a defense of George W. Bush, Zakaria writes. He offers this corrective "because we cannot go back to 2001. The next president will inherit the world as it is in 2009. He will have to examine the Bush administration's policies as they stand in January 2009 -- not as they were in 2001 or 2002 or 2003 -- and decide how to accept, modify and alter them. There was a U.S. president who came into office convinced that everything his predecessor had done was feckless, stupid, ill-informed and venal. He rejected and tried to reverse everything that he could, almost as an article of faith. Before he had even examined the policies carefully, he knew that they had to be changed. The base of his party was delighted by his clarity and fighting spirit.


"That president, of course, was George W. Bush. His decision to blindly repudiate anything associated with Bill Clinton is what got us into this mess in the first place. Let's hope that the next president, no matter how much he despises Bush, will take a careful look at his administration's policies, America's interests, and the world beyond and do the right thing for the country and its future."


http://www.newsweek.com/id/151731


(Read the cover story at www.Newsweek.com )


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Source: Newsweek

CONTACT: Jan Angilella of Newsweek, +1-212-445-5638


Web site: Newsweek


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Friday, August 08, 2008

Beijing Olympics: The Whited Sepulchres


Artists underneath movable boxes perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


27. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

~ Matthew 23:27 (King James Version)

Yes, it was definitely the most spectacular opening ceremony so far in the history of the Olympic games and China surpassed the expectations of the rest of the world with the grandiose panorama of Chinese Arts and Culture in an awesome opera in the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China. I saw the colourful faces of the people in the stadium beaming in ecstasy, but thousands of prisoners of conscience were languishing in Chinese jails while the rest of the world were dazed and fazed by the dazzling three-hour razzmatazz of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. But the Reporters without Borders were not fazed by the Dancing Beijing and the Olympic rings, because they held a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington to remind the ignorant of the truth, lest they would be fooled by the Chinese scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites and their apologists, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and their capitalist trading partners who are major stakeholders in the largest market on earth. The Chinese government can fool the whole world, but they cannot fool God and those who can still hear the voice of their conscience. Of course, neither President Hu Jintao nor Premier Wen Jiabao listen to their conscience, but does the IOC president, Jacques Rogge have a conscience? Did he not say, he has "absolutely no regrets"?



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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Reporters Without Borders: BEFORE THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES 2008

Reporters Without Borders

BEIJING GAMES 2008

Come and demonstrate outside Chinese embassies and online on 8 August
Reporters Without Borders is calling for demonstrations outside China's embassies in London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Washington and Stockholm on 8 August, when the Olympic Games opening ceremony will be taking place in Beijing. Two demonstrations will be organised on 7 August in Rome and Ottawa. A rally is also planned outside the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

In Paris, those wanting to take part should meet at 1 p.m. at the corner of Avenue George V and Rue de la Trémoille in Paris' 8th district. Reporters Without Borders will distribute "Beijing 2008" T-shirts to participants, as well other material for a peaceful demonstration.

Here are the times and venues of the demonstrations in the other cities:
- Berlin: in front of the Chinese embassy (Jannowitzbrücke) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August.
- Washington: near the Chinese embassy (2300 Connecticut Ave) from 8 a.m. onwards on 8 August.
- Stockholm: outside the Chinese embassy (Lidovägen 8) at 1 p.m. on 8 August.
- Lausanne: outside the Olympic Museum (Quai d'Ouchy 1) from 5 p.m. onwards on 8 August.
- Rome: outside the 4th district town hall at noon on 7 August.
- Ottawa: outside the Chinese embassy (515 St. Patrick Street) from noon onwards on 7 August.
- London: outside the Chinese embassy (49-51 Portland Place) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August.
- Madrid: outside the Chinese embassy (Calle Arturo Soria, 113) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August.

The aim of these demonstrations is to call for the release of Chinese journalists and human rights activists who have been imprisoned, and for an end to the harassment of those who been placed under surveillance or forced to leave Beijing. The Chinese government has not kept the promises to improve respect for human rights that it made in 2001, when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Olympics.


Reporters Without Borders is also organising a cyber-demonstration on 8 August at this web address: http://www.rsfbeijing2008.org. Internet users all over the world will be able to come and protest outside a virtual version of Beijing's Olympic Stadium, waving a placard with the slogan of their choice.
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Friday, August 01, 2008

Addax Petroleum Announces Federal Government Approval of Nigeria Gas Utilisation Initiative

1 Aug 2008 14:21 Africa/Lagos


Addax Petroleum Announces Federal Government Approval of Nigeria Gas Utilisation Initiative

CALGARY, Canada, August 1/PRNewswire/ --


- International Consortium Formed for Investment in Gas Development - Including the Potential Monetization of OML137 Gas


Addax Petroleum Corporation (TSX: AXC and LSE: AXC) ("Addax Petroleum" or the "Corporation"), together with its partners Chrome Oil Services Limited ("Chrome") and Korea Gas Corporation ("KOGAS"), announces today that it has received the approval from the Federal Government of Nigeria, for its proposed implementation of an integrated gas utilization project in Nigeria. Addax Petroleum has also entered into a heads of agreement with Chrome, a leading Nigerian oil and gas company, and KOGAS, South Korea's national gas company, forming an international consortium (the "Consortium") which, upon finalization of the necessary project development agreements, will take responsibility for the development of this integrated gas utilization project in response to the Nigerian Government's current gas marketing master plan.


Commenting, the Honourable Minister of State for Energy, Gas, Emmanuel Olatunde Odusina, said: "We are very pleased that Addax Petroleum, Chrome and KOGAS have initiated this project in conjunction with our country's Policy Direction for Gas and Gas Master Plan. This is a significant step forward in the development of Nigeria's substantial gas resources and its continuing economic development. The combination of domestic and international interests in the Consortium together with the involvement of the Bayelsa State Government also signifies the confidence of the respective communities in our plan and the bright future of Nigeria."


Commenting, Jean Claude Gandur, President and Chief Executive Officer of Addax Petroleum said: "We are extremely proud to be an early participant in Nigeria's Gas Master Plan and to have received the approval of the Federal Government. This is an important milestone for Addax Petroleum in the development of the considerable gas resources in our licence areas in Nigeria. We believe that the strong relationship between Addax Petroleum, Chrome and KOGAS brings together the vital and complementary international and domestic expertise required for our consortium to play a significant role in realising Nigeria's gas plans. Additionally, we believe this proposed project will provide significant benefits to Nigeria and its people by way of power generation, employment creation and substantial foreign direct investment."


In early 2008, the Federal Government of Nigeria launched a Gas Master Plan through which it is seeking to unlock the country's massive gas potential for the accelerated economic development of Nigeria. The principle underlying the government's Policy Direction for Gas is to competitively position Nigerian gas in terms of cost competitiveness and scalability of capacity. The Policy is focused on an integrated infrastructure strategy to support domestic, regional and export LNG markets while attracting new players into the Nigerian gas value chain and ensuring commerciality for all investments. Today, Nigeria reportedly contains proved gas reserves of approximately 182 Tcf, ranking it seventh in the world. Through the Gas Master Plan, the Nigerian government is encouraging the beginning of dedicated gas exploration, and has stated that Nigeria has the potential to increase gas reserves to as much as 600 Tcf which would establish it as the fourth largest in the world. The Nigeria Gas Master Plan investor roadshow and additional information is available on the Nigeria Gas Master Plan 2008 website, http://www.ngmproadshow.org.


The integrated gas utilization project proposed by the Consortium and approved by the Federal Government is intended to include the exploration and development of gas fields in Nigeria, including the Corporation's OML137, to secure the gas reserves necessary to commercialise a new LNG production facility of up to 10 million tonnes per annum to be sited on Brass Island in Bayelsa State, to provide domestic power generation capacity of up to 1,000 megawatts and to provide feedstock for the development of petrochemical facilities.


As part of the Federal Government approval, the Consortium has been instructed to cooperate with the Nigerian Ministry of State for Energy (Gas), the Department of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to establish fiscal and commercial terms for the upstream and downstream activities that meet the required investment levels for all participants in the project. The Corporation believes that these negotiations will take place rapidly and can be concluded in a timely fashion to achieve final investment decision by the end of 2009.


As at December 31, 2007, Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc. ("NSAI") estimates the Corporation's best estimate contingent gas resources in Nigeria to be 2,414.8 Bcf and associated liquids to be 77.2 MMbbl. Contingent gas resources reported are limited to the Corporation's producing license areas in the shallow water and onshore license areas of Nigeria only. These gas resources are discovered but are categorized as contingent because the commerciality of the gas resources and the terms by which the Corporation can produce the gas resources are yet to be established.


About Addax Petroleum


Addax Petroleum is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with a strategic focus on West Africa and the Middle East. Addax Petroleum is one of the largest independent oil producers in West Africa and has increased its crude oil production from an average of 8,800 bbl/d for 1998 to an average of approximately 139,100 bbl/d for the first quarter of 2008. Further information about Addax Petroleum is available at http://www.sedar.com, http://www.londonstockexchange.com or the Corporation's website, http://www.addaxpetroleum.com.


About Chrome


Chrome is a subsidiary of the Chrome Group, which is a leading conglomerate in Nigeria with vast interests in oil and gas, power, insurance, destination inspection, bio-fuels, petroleum products trading, petrochemicals, real estate, and logistics businesses. Chrome's operations include exploration and production of oil and gas within the Gulf of Guinea and provision of engineering and support services to other companies in the sector.


About KOGAS


KOGAS is South Korea's national gas company. Listed on the Korea Stock Exchange, KOGAS is the world's single largest LNG buyer, importing approximately 25 million tonnes of LNG in 2007. KOGAS has LNG purchase contracts with 16 projects in 8 countries. KOGAS operates three LNG receiving terminals including 40 LNG storage tanks and 2,712 kilometres of national pipelines which together ensure a stable supply of natural gas for South Korea. KOGAS is a partner in three existing LNG Projects in the Middle East, i.e. Qatar, Yemen and Oman and is keen to expand both its LNG diversification and to invest in the development of gas resources in Nigeria.


Information about Reserves and Resources Estimates


The contingent gas resources information in this news release is set out in greater detail in Addax Petroleum's Annual Information Form dated March 13, 2008, which is available on the SEDAR website, http://www.sedar.com, the London Stock Exchange Market News website, http://www.londonstockexchange.com or the Corporation's website, http://www.addaxpetroleum.com.


Contingent resources are those quantities estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Addax Petroleum's contingent gas resources for OML123 are comprised of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") and pentanes plus ("C5+") components, and are located in fields in which wells have been drilled through the gas portion of the reservoirs to help define the gas pay thickness, reservoir quality and areal extent. There are no gas sales from the properties since no gas market connection is available, and Addax Petroleum has yet to conclude negotiations with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ("NNPC") regarding the terms governing the exploitation of gas under its production sharing contracts. It is currently investigating commercialization of produced gas through several markets. No economic evaluation has been performed on these resources as at December 31, 2007. All produced gas is presently flared, consumed for lease use or re-injected into the oil reservoirs to maintain reservoir pressure. There is no certainty that these contingent resources will be commercially viable.


Legal Notice - Forward-Looking Statements


Certain statements in this news release constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities legislation. Such statements are generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "budget", "outlook", "may", "will", "should", "could" , "would" or other similar wording. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, proposed development of an integrated gas utilization project, including statements with respect to the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian Government's gas marketing plan, the non-binding heads of agreement between Addax Petroleum, KOGAS and Chrome, negotiations with the Nigerian Ministry of Energy, Department of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the anticipated benefit of the integrated gas utilization project on the Corporation's business strategy and goals, the Corporation's future investment decision, financing and capital activities, contingent liabilities and government approvals. By its very nature, such forward-looking information requires Addax Petroleum to make assumptions that may not materialize or that may not be accurate. This forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, levels of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the outcome of negotiations, volatility of prices of natural gas; general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability to produce and transport natural gas to markets; actions by governmental authorities, including changes in existing policy, increases in taxes; decisions or approvals of administrative tribunals; changes in environmental and other regulations; risks attendant with oil and gas operations, both domestic and international; international political events; expected rates of return; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Addax Petroleum. These factors are discussed in greater detail in filings made by Addax Petroleum with the Canadian provincial securities commissions.


Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors affecting forward-looking information is not exhaustive. Furthermore, the forward-looking information contained in this news release is made as of the date of this news release and, except as required by applicable law, Addax Petroleum does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.


For further information: Mr. Patrick Spollen, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-47, patrick.spollen@addaxpetroleum.com; Mr. Craig Kelly, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-68, craig.kelly@addaxpetroleum.com; Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly, Press Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-44, marie-gabrielle.cajoly@addaxpetroleum.com; Mr. Nick Cowling, Press Relations, Tel.: +1-416-934-8011, nick.cowling@cossette.com; Mr. James Henderson, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-7743-6673, james.henderson@pelhampr.com; Mr. Alisdair Haythornthwaite, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-7743-6676, alisdair.haythornthwaite@pelhampr.com


Source: Addax Petroleum Corporation

For further information: Mr. Patrick Spollen, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-47, patrick.spollen@addaxpetroleum.com; Mr. Craig Kelly, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-68, craig.kelly@addaxpetroleum.com; Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly, Press Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-44, marie-gabrielle.cajoly@addaxpetroleum.com; Mr. Nick Cowling, Press Relations, Tel.: +1-416-934-8011, nick.cowling@cossette.com; Mr. James Henderson, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-7743-6673, james.henderson@pelhampr.com; Mr. Alisdair Haythornthwaite, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-7743-6676, alisdair.haythornthwaite@pelhampr.com