Celebration, Protest at Capitol over Speaker Nuquay’s Selection

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Women in favor of Nuquay’s selection The grounds of the Capitol Building – the Legislature, the official seat of Liberian Representatives and Senators, was yesterday the scene of emotional drama as two groups of women displayed opposing emotions over the selection of Speaker Nuquay as Unity Party vice standard bearer for the upcoming elections.One group, calling themselves ‘Women from the Capitol Building,’ was made up of 40 women, some of who danced when they heard the news of Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay’s selection as vice standard bearer of the Unity Party, displaying placards that read: “Congratulations Incoming Vice President.”Women from the Capitol celebrating Speaker Nuquay’s selection as Unity Party vice standard bearerOne of the organizers, Mrs. Ida F. Kamanor, said: “We are dancing to the selection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives; we are happy that he was chosen to run as vice standard bearer on the Unity Party ticket. And we are happy that the Speaker is the right choice.”The dancing women were joined by some members and sympathizers of the Unity Party, including Deputy Minister for Youth Development, Rufus Neufville. “What’s the matter with Speaker Nuquay and what’s the matter with the Vice President?” Mr. Neufville shouted. “Alright,” the women responded.The waiting-and-dancing women ended their jubilation with a word from the Speaker’s aide that the Speaker would dance with them on Thursday, July 13, because he had a tight schedule after his selection and the activities thereafter. The Speaker’s selection to contest as Vice President indicates that only 65 of the 73 incumbents will be vying to return to the House of Representatives.Meanwhile, amid the celebration on one side of the Capitol Building, a smaller crowd with Nimba County Representative R. Matenokay Tingban and other anti-UP personalities were not so happy with the Vice President’s choice of running mate.“He (Veep Boakai) let down Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa counties by not selecting the right vice standard bearer, and would deeply split legislative politics,” was a statement heard at the gathering.It may be recalled that on Monday, at the UP headquarters, Vice President Boakai named Speaker Nuquay as his running mate, because “this is someone that we trust.” He stated that Speaker Nuquay has demonstrated dedication and leadership ability in advancing the national interest. “The person we have chosen to be the running mate shares my vision to continually think Liberia, love Liberia and build Liberia,” Veep Boakai said.In his acceptance speech, Speaker Nuquay lauded the VP for choosing him, described his selection as a blessing from God. “Today is indeed a great day that has been destined by God and least anticipated,” Nuquay said. “This is the will of God and I am humbled and happy to work along with the VP for the betterment of our country Liberia.”Meanwhile, there were 10 Representatives at yesterday’s session, which was the 47th day sitting. As a result of the program where Nuquay was selected to run with the Vice President, there were not enough members in the House of Representatives for a quorum, for which session was cancelled. The House’s press director Isaac Redd confirmed to newsmen yesterday that the “cancellation of Tuesday’s session is because of no quorum.” According to the House’s rules and regulations, at least 36 members – bodily or officially absent – make up a quorum.last_img read more

INSTAGRAM UNVEILS NEW VIDEO SERVICE IN CHALLENGE TO YOUTUBE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones.The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising.Competition for young users Advertisement It’s the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival’s playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google’s YouTube. Before, Facebook and Instagram have copied Snapchat — another magnet for teens and young adults.Instagram, now nearly eight years old, is moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives headlong into longer-form video.The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users’ personal information.Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The Associated Press that he hopes IGTV will emerge as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.That is what’s already happening on YouTube, which has become the world’s most popular video outlet since Google bought it for $1.76 billion US nearly 12 years ago. YouTube now boasts 1.8 billion users.Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has one billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago.More importantly, 72 per cent of U.S. kids ranging from 13 to 17 years old use Instagram, second to YouTube at 85 per cent, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 51 per cent of people in that group now use Facebook, down from 71 per cent from a similar Pew survey in 2014-15.That trend appears to be one of the reasons that Facebook is “hedging its bets” by opening Instagram to the longer-form videos typically found on YouTube, said analyst Paul Verna of the research firm eMarketer.Besides giving Instagram another potential drawing card, longer clips are more conducive for video ads lasting from 30 seconds to one minute. Instagram doesn’t currently allow video ads, but Systrom said it eventually will. When the ads come, Instagram intends to share revenue with the videos’ creators — just as YouTube already does.“We want to make sure they make a living because that is the only way it works in the long run,” Systrom said.Revenue growthThe ads also will help Facebook sustain its revenue growth. Total spending on online video ads in the U.S. is expected to rise from nearly $18 billion US this year to $27 billion in 2021, according to eMarketer.Lele Pons, a YouTube sensation who also has amassed 25 million followers on Instagram, plans to launch a new cooking show on IGTV in hopes of increasing her audience and eventually generating more revenue. “It’s like Coca-Cola and Pepsi,” she said. “You will never know what you like better unless you try both.”IGTV’s programming format will consist exclusively of vertical video designed to fill the entire screen of smartphones — the devices that are emerging as the main way younger people watch video. By contrast, most YouTube videos fill only a portion of the screen unless the phone is tilted horizontally.Snapchat began featuring vertical video before Instagram, another example of its penchant for copying rivals.But Systrom sees it differently. “This is acknowledging vertical video is the future and we want the future to come more quickly, so we built IGTV.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more