To Build an Inclusive Economy Mills Jones Stresses Strong Leadership

first_imgLiberia’s Central Bank Governor has underscored the need for strong selfless leadership and bold vision to transform the country’s economy. Dr. Joseph Mills Jones said it is now time for the country to take appropriate measures to rebuild itself and grow an inclusive economy driven by Liberians—-one, he said, that creates opportunity for all Liberians. Dr. Jones made the statement on Monday, December 5 at a farewell dinner hosted in Monrovia in honor of two retiring members of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).Governors Mildred B. Reeves, a former General Manager and Deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and David K. Vinton, a former National Bank Governor and former president and CEO of LBDI, ended their terms on the CBL Board of Governors last week after completing one and two terms, respectively.The two experienced outgoing CBL Board of Governors were praised by many including CBL staffers and other Board of Governors for the leadership role they played while on the Board. Dr. Jones, who chairs the Board of Governors of the CBL, also added his commendation to the two officials for playing key roles in the transformation of the CBL.“Governors Mildred B. Reeves and David K. Vinton are leaders and they proved their leadership capabilities on the Board of the CBL,” said Governor Jones. “Their leadership roles led to the transformation of the CBL to build an inclusive economy.”The CBL Executive Governor, who emphasized sound leadership across the country, noted there can be no successful transformation without bold vision and bold action “and this is what is needed for the growth of a strong inclusive Liberian economy… Governors Mildred Reeves and David Vinton played transformative leadership role on the CBL Board because they have characters and so they led by example,” said Governor Jones.According to the CBL boss, Mildred and David were already accomplished people before they came on the CBL Board. “And so it wasn’t difficult working with them because they knew exactly what to do to take the CBL and the economy to another level. This is because they came on the Board already prepared and accomplished,” Jones added.He insisted that institutions are built by individuals who are already prepared to lead and have the bold vision to succeed. Governor John G. Bestman, for his part, said he will miss Governors Mildred Reeves and David Vinton. The former Liberian Finance Minister, however, expressed the hope that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will appoint ‘experienced and accomplished’ individuals with strong character and to the task to replace the two retirees.“It was very wonderful working with Governors Reeves and Vinton,” said Mr. Bestman. “I know that they are not tired even though they have been retired,” Governor Bestman noted. Mr. Robert Sammy, secretary general of the Motorcyclists Union of Liberia in special remarks, commended the two retired Board of Governors and expressed the hope that President Sirleaf will nominate people who have the ‘common’ people’s interest at heart on the Board of the CBL.“The outgoing Board of Governors worked in the interest of the common people. They made decisions on the Board that benefitted both the minority and majority groups in the country including the haves and have-nots,” said Mr. Sammy as he bade farewell to Governors Reeves and Vinton.In brief remarks, LBDI CEO and president of the Liberia Bankers’ Association (LBA) Mr. John B. S. Davies, III lauded the CBL for exhibiting positive results and ensuring the attainment of macroeconomic stability.“It has been a gratifying experience working with Governor Jones and the retirees,” said Mr. Davies. “The journey isn’t over yet and there are challenges. But with the enhanced and robust risk management practices by the CBL, we shall surmount,” said the LBA president.Deputy CBL Governor for Economic Policy Mr. Boima S. Kamara and his colleague Deputy Governor for Operations Mr. Charles E. Sirleaf expressed their thanks and appreciation to the retirees for working to support the growth and development of the economy. “We have come to give your flowers while you are still alive,” said Mr. Kamara. “You’ve worked well for your country and people,” added Mr. Sirleaf in separate remarks.In response, the two retirees thanked President Ellen John Sirleaf for giving them the opportunity to serve on the Board of the CBL.“Serving on the Board of the CBL was a great honor for me because it gave me the opportunity to work with a very strong team and to make decisions that positively impacted the lives of ordinary Liberians,” said Governor Mildred Reeves, who served a single term on the Board.  “We must be flexible to apply our changes in the interest of our people,” she said amidst rounds of applause.The former LBDI Deputy CEO also lavished praises at the CBL staffers. “They are undeniably the best I have had the opportunity to work with,” she stated.Governor Vinton, for his part, said he was very pleased to have been a part of the reform process of the CBL.  A former National Bank of Liberia Governor, Vinton, who completed two terms on the Board, explained how the current CBL is building the economy with Liberians at the center stage of the process. “I thank President Sirleaf for giving me this opportunity to serve on the CBL Board. I also want to use this platform to thank the staffers of the CBL to continue to stay safe and stay professional,” Mr. Vinton concluded.Several dignitaries, public and private, attended the dinner. They include former Interim President and head of the Governance Commission (GC) Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer; former Chief Justice Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper and his wife Dr. Mrs. Nadu Cooper; Ecobank Liberia Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke; Liberty Party (LP) political Cllr. Charles Brumskine and Mrs. Brumskine; and Montserrado Senatorial aspirant Mr. Christopher Neyor, amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deputy’s killer seeks forgiveness

first_imgForgiveness is something Teri March said she would work on. “I’m going to pray about that,” she said. “I’m going to work toward forgiveness. A year ago I hated him so much and that was my drive, to see him punished. He’s being punished now. I don’t hate him anymore. “It’s all so tragic. He threw his life away. He’s only 30.” Garcia shot March on April 29, 2002, in Irwindale when the deputy pulled over his black Nissan Maxima near Live Oak Avenue and Peck Road. Garcia – once one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s 10 most-wanted fugitives – fled to his native Mexico. He was handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service at the San Ysidro border crossing about 5:20 a.m. Jan. 9.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Nearly five years after gunning down a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop, the man who frustrated a nation by fleeing to his native Mexico to avoid prosecution pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder. Jorge Arroyo Garcia, 30, who killed Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy David March of Saugus, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under an agreement reached after he was finally extradited earlier this year. Through an interpreter, Garcia begged March’s family in court for forgiveness. “I know someday you will forgive me,” he said. “If you see my face and I see your face again, I only want to ask for forgiveness for what I’ve done, and I know that you will forgive me at an appropriate time. “I know you don’t want to listen to me and you don’t want to see my face. I know that these words will not take the hatred that you feel for me.” As he spoke, tears ran down the face of March’s widow, Teri, who had driven from Santa Clarita to the hearing with an entourage of her slain husband’s colleagues. “I’m relieved beyond words,” she said after it was over. “I just never really believe it till it happens – and it happened.” Garcia’s demeanor surprised her. “I was somewhat surprisingly pleased by it,” she said. “It showed there was some heart there. I expected him to be callous and horrible and evil and wicked and he wasn’t. It might mean that he gets to live with some guilt the rest of his life in prison. I felt satisfied with that.” last_img read more

Flying telescope coming to Dryden

first_imgAfter four or five years, SOFIA will be fully operational and flying as many as 960 hours of science observations a year. None of Dryden’s hangars can handle an aircraft the size of a Boeing 747, so officials are planning to temporarily house the airplane in an Air Force hangar on base. NASA officials are in discussions about possibly housing the aircraft at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A flying telescope that will become one of the major programs at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is expected to be flown from Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in the next few weeks. A heavily modified Boeing 747 is carrying the 45,000-pound telescope called the stratospheric observatory for infrared astronomy or SOFIA. It is dubbed the world’s largest portable telescope. The airplane, now housed at a contractor facility in Waco, Texas, made its first flight on Thursday and another is scheduled for May 8. “These are functional test flights to make sure everything is working and that they are not damaging the telescope,” said Dryden spokesman Alan Brown. Dryden is managing the flying-telescope program – a partnership with NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California and the German Aerospace Center. More than 100 people will be involved in the program at Dryden. The airplane will be flown to Dryden in either late May or in June. The airplane carrying SOFIA, named the Clipper Lindbergh, will stay in Texas for a special event on May 21, the 80th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo flight from New York to Paris. The airplane was originally a jetliner for Pan-Am airlines and had been christened by Lindbergh by Charles Lindbergh’s widow, Anne Murrow Lindbergh, in a ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the New York to Paris flight. The airplane underwent major modifications at L-3 Communications Integrated Systems in Waco, including the cutting of a 16-foot tall opening in its aft fuselage to allow the telescope to look out. A sliding door was installed. For three to four years, Dryden will be expanding the aircraft’s flight envelope and conducting some initial science experiments. last_img read more

Armed robber put in frame after bouncing off window during escape bid

first_imgAn armed robber who tried to escape from a hold-up by jumping through a cafe window bounced onto the floor before sheepishly walking out the front door.Chad Mitchell appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court facing three different robberies at three different premises. The court heard how Mitchell, who is originally from Letterkenny, carried out the raids in the summer of 2015 when he was in a “dark place” due to drugs.Mitchell appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to all three charges.The first robbery happened at the Happy Days store in Letterkenny on June 4th.Detective Garda Derek Connaughton told how Mitchell had his face covered and socks on his hands when he pushed his way past staff and took €300 from the cash register.Mitchell, who had been spotted close to the shop by Gardai just 20 minutes before the raid, then fled to Derry after calling a taxi.Three days later on June 7th, Mitchell entered a cafe in Carndonagh, picked up a butter knife and threatened staff.He took €200 from the till and threw a chair at the window of the premises in a bid to jump out to make his escape.However, the internal glass in the window only shattered and when Mitchell tried to jump through the glass, he bounced back onto the floor and walked out through the door.During the third raid on a letting agent’s premises at Academy Court in Letterkenny, on June 17th, he threatened a receptionist at 9.30am.He threatened to stab the terrified woman unless she handed over the cash box and also took her mobile phone.Mitchell again escaped by taxi but soon realised there was no cash in the box.Detective Connaughton told the court how he called to Mitchell’s grandmother’s home on July 15th and found him hiding in the hot press.He made admissions to all crimes.Barrister for Mitchell, Sean MacAodh, said his client had a serious issue with drugs but was now getting clean and had been living in Tulsk in Co Roscommon to stay away from bad influences in his life.He added that his client had gone to meet his biological father in Derry but that had not worked out and that his life spiralled out of control.Just one of the three people whom Mitchell robbed gave a victim impact to Gardai.French national Pascal Thomas, who owned the cafe in Carndonagh, said he was shaken and terrified after the robbery.He said he still thinks what could have happened when Mitchell grabbed the knife from him and that he feels he could have been easily hurt.He said he will not open the cafe when he is not working as he is frightened that his staff would be hurt if there was another such robbery.Judge John Aylmer said he placed the crimes at the lower end of the mid-range of seriousness.He sentenced Mitchell to a total of 20 months in prison for the Carndonagh attack and backdated the time to March 6th when he entered custody.Armed robber put in frame after bouncing off window during escape bid was last modified: April 24th, 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) Tags:Chad MitchellcourtGardailetterkennyrobberiesWINDOWlast_img read more

Villa legend does not want Thierry Henry to replace Steve Bruce

first_img 2 2 Aston Villa legend Lee Hendrie believes the club should stick with Steve Bruce rather than gamble on Thierry Henry as their new manager.Villa have been heavily-linked with Arsenal’s record goalscorer since it was announced billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have acquired 55% of the club and will invest significantly. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? ALTERED NEW ERA gameday “I’d love to see Steve continue at the club because I think he deserves that shot. He’s only just missed out in the play-off final.“He’s come and steadied the ship. The club was in a mess. It would be a crying shame if Steve leaves.“It would be great to see Thierry come in and do a fantastic job, we all know what a fantastic world-class player he was. But is it a gamble? That’s my big question mark over Henry coming in.”Villa were condemned to a third season outside the Premier League after losing to 1-0 to Fulham in the Championship play-off final in May. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? predicted who plays? Henry, who was Belgium’s assistant manager at the World Cup, recently quit his job as a pundit with Sky Sports to focus on his ambition of becoming a manager, but Hendrie believes he is too inexperienced to start at a club the size of Villa.The former midfielder told talkSPORT2: “My only worry there is that he hasn’t managed anywhere.“He has played under some unbelievable managers where he would’ve gained a hell of a lot of experience. But to actually take hold of a team with the stature of Aston Villa, it’s certainly a big step to do that.“They’ve got Steve [Bruce] in there, who’s obviously got bags of experience, promotion experience. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener center_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Bruce came agonisingly close to promotion with Villa last season Henery was part of the management team that guided Belgium toi third-place at the World Cup smart causal LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS highlights Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

UPDATED: TEARS AS SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING DAVID

first_imgDIVERS continued today to look for the body of missing Lifford man David Colhoun, hoping to bring an end to the heartache and despair of his loving family.The search for the tragic 22 year old has continued for ten days and but hopes the body had been located were dashed earlier.Divers had hoped they were near to where David’s remains may lie after sniffer dogs had pointed to an area just 30 yards from where he was believed to have been last seen. But it proved to be a false alarm.Dozens of family members and friends are keeping a vigil on the river bank in the hope he will be found.His distraught family including dad Joseph, three brothers and one sister have been waiting at the banks of the Rivers Finn, Foyle and Mourne. Hundreds of local people have joined the search for the young man from Beechwood Grove who was last seen after escaping police custody after being arrested for a minor offence.Late last night a family friend told donegaldaily: “The family already know that David is gone, that he’s dead.“They just want his remains so that they can grieve for him and then give him a Christian burial.“They’ve been told that the recovery will get underway on Wednesday (today) if the body is where they believe it to be.”All along the river bank last night large crowds of local people gathered yet again to watch the search.They spoke is hushed whispers about David Colhoun and the devastation this tragedy has brought to his family. One young man said: “He was a good lad. We just can’t take it all in.”His friend, sobbing, added: “We just hope we get a chance to say goodbye.”UPDATED: TEARS AS SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING DAVID was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)Tags:David ColhounLiffordstrabanelast_img read more

Can Giannis to the Warriors actually happen? Yes and no

first_imgThe Warriors are interested in signing NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when he becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 season — just like everybody else in the NBA.After all, he’s a really, really, really good player, and as the Warriors well know, you can never have too many of those on your team.And seeing as how the Warriors have a history of following through on long-held plans to sign highly coveted free agents — see: Durant, Kevin — Ramona Shelbourne’s report that Golden State is the “one …last_img read more

Fair and 4-H season has arrived

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith summer here it is time for Ohio’s youth to shine through the many opportunities afforded to them through 4-H. The meetings, projects, camps, leadership roles, and other activities through 4-H can help set the stage for a bright future for young people.As I get older and see more young people grow up involved with 4-H (and not in 4-H), it becomes easier to see the difference that the program can make in their lives. That difference shows up in maturity, work ethic, respect for others, leadership, and many other positive qualities that can be hard to quantify, but extremely valuable. As the home state of 4-H, the program has certainly instilled those qualities in generations of Ohioans.Fair season kicked off this month and it is always exciting to see 4-H exhibitors rise to the occasion when competing at the county and state levels in a wide array of projects. At OCJ/Ohio Ag Net, we truly love highlighting these opportunities, and providing them.Earlier this week I enjoyed a fun way to kick off the 2018 fair season when I had the opportunity to visit the Pickaway County Fair with the Wild About Animals 4-H Club from Fairfield County. We had a chance to talk with Dale Minyo (who was doing a remote at the fair that day) and then we talked about composition of photos. We looked through some photos from past OCJs and discussed what was good — and not so good — about them.After that, groups of the 4-Hers and their parents went to different parts of the fair to try to get some good photos of what was happening that day. Each group then emailed me their favorite photos. The 4-Hers and their parents got to see a neighboring fair in a unique way as photographers. They had to find good photo subjects, compose an appealing format, and talk to the subjects to get caption information.I was impressed with their work and I got to take a break while they did my job for me! Dale and I even went and got some ice cream while the group of young, roving photographers spread out across the fairgrounds.Here is the winner:Fair season has arrived! Here is the winning photo from my little 4-H contest: Chicken exhibitors listen attentively as the judge announces a class winner at the Pickaway County Fair, one of Ohio’s June fairs. Photo by Henry Hoisington, Wild About Animals 4-H Club.Here are some of my other favorites from their work at the Pickaway County Fair. Claire Alphin from the Wild Wild West 4-H Club had the Grand Champion Market Duck. Photo by Brin Leigh Hoisington. Sawyer Dumm (left) and Mavric Radcliff (right) enjoyed a ride on the giant slide. Photo by Charlie Sponseller. Alyssa Steel from Amanda showed some love to her Quarter Hoarse Bleu. Photo by Sophia Schumm. Alex Warthman climbs on the Crazy Ladder. Photo by Beth Warthman. Everyone crowds in to look at example photos on my laptop. Photo by Amber Hoisington. Little brother checking out the tractors. Photo by Alison Sponseller. Carl Rader serves of some delicious (as Dale and I can attest) Rader’s Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream. Photo by Alex Warthman. Judge Trevor Kirkpatrick eyes the 2018 Pickaway County Junior Fair hog showmanship exhibitors. Photo by Cameron Malone.last_img read more

So Far, Push Notifications on the iPhone are a Letdown

first_imgWhen Apple launched the iPhone 3.0 update, we were pretty excited about a number of the new features in the OS, but push notifications, which Apple billed as an alternative to battery-draining background processes, were on the top of our list. After a few weeks with the iPhone 3.0 OS, however, only a very small number of push apps have made it into the store, and even some of the best ones, like BeeJive IM (iTunes link) and the AP Mobile app (iTunes link) suffer from major drawbacks.IM Works, but What About Those Timeouts?BeeJive, for example, is a great IM app – and so are eBuddy (iTunes link) and IM+ with Push (iTunes link), two other push-enabled IM apps that were released in the last few days. These apps are intuitive, connect to most popular IM networks, and work just as advertised. But when it comes to push notifications, there are just too many little things that are holding these apps back.By default, BeeJive, for example, will log you out of your account after just 20 minutes. So once you have finished a chat session, you will just be offline again and no new messages will be pushed to your phone. You can push this timeout limit up to 24 hours, but this setting is buried at the bottom of BeeJive’s long list of options. The eBuddy IM app doesn’t even have this option and just automatically logs you out after 30 minutes.There are probably good technical reasons for this, but this behavior just isn’t what we expected when we first heard about push notifications.News Updates are Nice, but What About Customization?While the AP Mobile app (iTunes link) does push out news updates regularly, it is also a bit of a letdown. There is, for example, no way to customize when you want to get alerts and which alerts you want to get. You can’t just subscribe to tech news, for example, or updates about the latest celebrity deaths. Still no Twitter Apps with PushWe are also still waiting for the first Twitter apps that support push (at least for replies and direct messages), better calendar apps (Remember Milk is the only one in the App Store so far, and it requires a pro account), apps that can push out alerts when an RSS feed updates or when new email arrives, or apps that are simply innovative and beyond our current exepctations.Maybe Push Just Isn’t the Solution?While getting the current updates is nice, compared to having to open the app and see what is new, there is so much more that could be done with this technology. But for the time being, either Apple is holding back the most interesting apps, or developers just aren’t able to use it in really innovative ideas. We have talked to a number of companies that are producing geo-aware apps, for example. But because these developers aren’t able to remotely wake up an app and pull in data about your current location, there really isn’t much that they can do with push notifications at this point.If only the phone could also run cron jobs, for example. Then that could start an application at regular intervals, in addition to push notifications, and developers could do so much more with this technology.Of course, we are still in the early days of push on the iPhone, but so far, we have been quite disappointed with the current crop of apps. Hopefully, this will only be a stopgap solution anyway, and by the time the next generation of iPhones comes around, Apple will just allow apps to run in the background. Tags:#Apple#Features#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Can Music Save MySpace?

first_imgYesterday, amid all the news of Twitter’s arrival into both Microsoft’s Bing and the Google search engine, another major announcement was being made. MySpace is giving up on trying to be a major social network. According to MySpace CEO, Owen Van Natta, Facebook is no longer their competition. “We’re focused on a different space,” he says. That “different space,” as it turns out, is music…and it really isn’t all that different, especially considering MySpace’s roots. If anything, this major overhaul of the social network is an attempt to return the site to becoming the popular entertainment hub it once was. MySpace: Remember When it Was “A Place for Music?” When MySpace hit the scene back in 2003, local bands – especially indie rock bands – were among the first to create profiles on the social network. Their presence immediately began to attract a young, hip crowd of users who were interested in following pop culture, and, in particular, the up-and-coming artists they discovered while browsing through the network. Only eight months after its launch, MySpace began to experience exponential growth, as its users created profiles and friended others who would then, in turn, invite more users to join the social network. Thanks to the “network effect,” MySpace soon became the place to be online. Everyone was there. But at the same time that MySpace was having its heyday, another social networking site was being created. Although still in its infancy in 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg began writing the code for what would eventually become Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. Over recent months, we’ve seen the mass exodus from MySpace to the more popular – and more populated – Facebook. Studies have shown that those left actively engaging on MySpace now tend to be younger, lower-income users. Researcher Danah Boyd pointed out, somewhat controversially, that the differences between the two networks, MySpace and Facebook, went further than age and income – they involved your “social class,” too. Tired of being compared to Facebook in this way and certainly tired of hemorrhaging its users, MySpace CEO Van Natta has plans to turn the sinking ship around. After taking over the company six months ago, he’s been busy arranging new partnerships for the one-time king of social networks. These partnerships aim to bring the focus back to music, and less on socializing. New Music Initiatives: iLike, Videos, Artist DashboardsOne of the most notable new initiatives involves MySpace’s iLike integration. After being acquired by MySpace in August, many wondered why iLike wasn’t becoming a part of the MySpace network. Actually it was, but Van Natta didn’t want to disclose that information at the time.But now, the iLike acquisition is beginning to make sense. Through iLike music video widgets, now popular installations on other social networks like Facebook and Orkut, the videos – and, most importantly, their ads – can be streamed on other sites while the revenue generated returns to MySpace. Even though many of the users watching these videos now may be lost forever to MySpace, they’re helping the company regain its footing through their streams.MySpace’s entire music video vault, one of the most popular features on the social network, has also been integrated with iLike. In August, comScore reported 45 million people watched 340 million videos during the course of the month. It only makes sense for MySpace to capitalize on that activity, which is why the company has now launched MySpace Music Videos, an online video archive where users can not only watch videos from their favorite artists, but with a click, purchase the song or ringtone from Amazon or iTunes. Meanwhile, pre-roll, post-roll, and overlay ads help to monetize the content. In addition, to cater to the musicians, bands, and labels who make MySpace their home, the network has also launched “Artist Dashboards.” These online analytical tools track the fans’ demographics by age and location, the total number of plays per song, profile views and more. Every artist with a MySpace profile is given free access to these tools. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it Enough?The question that remains, of course, is whether or not MySpace’s re-branding efforts will be enough to keep the site from going under. Although MySpace still had a healthy 64 million users in August of this year, that number is 12 million fewer than it did at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Facebook climbed to 300 million worldwide that same month. Can MySpace entice people to come back to the network through its new music-based initiatives? It’s too soon to tell at the moment whether the strategy will work or not, but it’s definitely the network’s best shot. By capitalizing on what remains the most popular activity on MySpace to date (music and video), the company hopes to become more of a niche site for socializing around music instead of a site for just socializing. The newly launched features are just a part of the company’s overall efforts in this direction, too. Still to come are concert ticket and merchandise sales, although no details or launch dates have been given for those features as of yet. While these efforts may not ever allow MySpace to reclaim its status as the number one social network – that ship seems to have sailed – they could definitely help the network maintain profitability. And at the end of the day, that’s all that’s really needed. It’s not about how many users you have, it’s about how much money you can make off of those that you do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#music#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more