As the term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elapses, the group of journalists covering the President, under the banner “Executive Mansion Press Team” on February 20, 2017 cried on the Minister of Finance Boima Kamara to talk on their behalf to get some benefit from the president, before she leaves office.In what appeared like a press conference with the Minister, later turned into private discussion with Minister Boima at the Jackie’s Guest House in Ganta, the journalists complained that they have covered the president a lot, but yet to get the require benefits to boast of tomorrow.Samukai Dukuly of Power TV said for too long we have been covering the president, but we are yet to benefit anything tangible as reporters assigned to the president.“As young men like us, well respected personalities in the government, we want you to intervene and talk to the President so she can think about us,” he said.Varney Kamara of New Democrat Newspaper said, “We have been covering the president for the past 12 years, but we have nothing to boast of as reporters covering Executive Mansion.”They talked about not being allowed or being given the opportunity to travel with the president on some of her trips abroad. The rest of the reporters at the conference, buttressed their colleagues’ statements, calling for Minister Kamara to intervene to get just benefit from their respective duties as reporters assigned to cover the president.In response, Minister Kamara told them to forward their requests to the Minister of State, Hon. Sylvester Grisgbe, who is the proper authority that could address their concerns.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two men on Thursday appeared in a Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of robbery committed on a traffic rank.Twenty-four-year-old Yullacie Price and 19-year-old Shaheed Hollingsworth, both of Sophia, pleaded not guilty to the joint charge, which stated that on March 31 they robbed Orlando Persaud of a cellular phone valued $50,000 and $3,000 in cash.Price, a vendor, and Hollingsworth, who is unemployed, were accused of robbing the victim, a traffic rank, along Longden Street, Georgetown.The duo reportedly choked Persaud until he lost consciousness, before relieving him of the items and making good their escape. The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station and the men were arrested.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds that the victim positively identified the perpetrators. The prosecutor’s submission was upheld, and both Price and Hollingsworth were remanded to prison until April 12.
Daniel WinnerThe content market is polarising with niches “now economically viable,” according to former Amazon executive Daniel Winner. Speaking at the Future of Media Distribution conference in London yesterday, Winner, who was until recently head of UK business development for Amazon’s Appstore, said that he believes there are potential innovation opportunities around niche content.“We’ve been in a world where customers have been served by pay and multi-channel TV. The economics of pay and multi-channel TV being such that it’s only been worthwhile serving audiences that have a certain sort of size. But now we’re in a different world and niches are now economically viable,” said Winner.As an example, he named Qello Concerts, a pay service that gives users access to music concerts across connected devices like Apple TV, Playstation, Xbox, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV, which he claimed “does very well.”In the app space, he also cited the Headspace guided meditation app, which is available on monthly subscription basis. “They make very good money serving niches that have a very strong need for certain types of content,” said Winner.“In terms of that market polarisation, I think you’re going to see the people at the top of the tree – they’ve got that great, must-have content – doing really well. [Then] you’re going to see people who can serve niches build new businesses around them. But if you’re not in those two groups, I think you’re going to be squeezed – you’re going to be in the squeezed middle and you’re going to have to really potentially re-think your business.”Before taking his Amazon Appstore role at the beginning of 2013, Winner led business development at Lovefilm in the period immediately after Amazon’s acquisition of the business. Prior to this, he worked for companies including Vodafone, Sky and the BBC.