Daily Archives: January 1, 2019

WGVS: World’s Greatest Videos announces $1,000,000 USD* grand prize for 2019

Global community members upload, vote on, follow and share videos; compete for 6,500+ annual prizes

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – New Year’s Eve celebrations are always memorable; however, this year’s celebration will prove momentous for WGVS: World’s Greatest Videos ™. After all, many are predicting WGVS will be the next internet company to experience worldwide, explosive growth.

WGVS marks the first time a company has combined video-sharing, social media engagement and a big prize game show contest in one technology platform. And as if that were not enough to get everyone’s attention, the addition of a $1,000,000 USD* yearly grand prize certainly will.

This global, viral video site has an app-driven countdown and continually running weekly, monthly and yearly contests. By providing major and minor prizes for user-driven, user-ranked short-form videos, the company is capitalizing on a growing trend: the steady migration of Gen Z and Millennials from traditional television viewing to app engagement on any screen.

Although the prize money is certainly a perk, company founders believe it is the site’s sense of community that will keep members coming back time and again. In addition to uploading, voting and sharing videos, members may also follow some of their favorite, amateur video producers.

From all accounts, this is just the beginning. WGVS plans to keep adding site features and improving the overall user experience.

“Our beta launch in November of 2018 was a tremendous success,” says Makayla Allen, the company’s 26-year-old president and co-founder. “Plus, we plan to launch our phone app this week, and will be adding pre-populated reactions and gamification features like badges over the next couple of months.”

WGVS users like Anne Gaw of Los Angeles, California are certainly big fans of the site. Gaw recently won a $50,000 USD* prize for her video titled “1 bird vs. 4 cows,” featuring her bird, Windy, playing miniature basketball.

“The WGVS site was fun and easy to use,” says Gaw. “There’s nothing else like it. I can’t wait to enter a new video in their contest next month!”

Gaw is certainly not alone in her passion for posting videos. With YouTube boasting some five billion video viewings daily, the anticipated interest in a company that pays for outstanding submissions should prove keen. And although the subject matter of videos submitted to WGVS is often lighthearted, the prize money is not.

The WGVS community is broken into six regions. In each one of those regions, the company will distribute 21 weekly cash prizes. Winners from weekly contests will further compete in a global, monthly contest. And, monthly contest winners from January through November will compete in a global, yearly competition throughout the month of December (with the December winner being announced at midnight GMT on Jan. 1, 2020).

“It’s an extremely exciting time,” says James Allen, CEO and co-founder of WGVS. “After spending years on research and development, focus groups, brand creation and technology testing, we’re proud to showcase the world’s best videos, and start paying people for a pastime they enjoy anyway!”

Although fun is a big part of the equation for WGVS, founders also believe they have an important role to play in making internet content, experiences and feedback more positive. When ranking videos, members will choose from among several positive reactions. However, they will not have the opportunity to demean or “bully” anyone. If they do not like a certain video, they simply do not vote for it.

“At WGVS, we know that people have an equal desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. Unfortunately, they don’t always have an equal opportunity to do so,” says Rita Mort, Executive Vice President of Marketing. “We’re fostering a global community with a no-cost point of entry. This allows each and every member the opportunity to show us the world through his or her personal lens…and make the world a bit smaller and more enriching by doing so.”

With active, registered members in all six regions already, WGVS is proud to be the first site of its kind to “go global” on it first official day of post-beta operation. Those who wish to register for the WGVS community should visit https://wgvs.com

WGVS: World’s Greatest Videos is a global technology company, entertainment platform and brand. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the continuous, WGVS short video competition rewards talent across all cultures with recognition and major cash prizes. WGVS is the only social video platform where people across the global share and compete together – a destination and community where empowering discovery, visual communication, creativity, learning and laughter are shared by viewers and members who prove, through their lens, that “Talent Has No Borders.”

For additional information, please contact Rita Mort, Executive Vice President of Marketing, at 214-604-9058, or Rita.Mort@WGVS.com.

*$1,000,000.00 Grand Prize will be paid as an annuity of $25,000 per year over 40 years (or the winner may elect to take a one-time lump sum payment of $500,000.00 United States Dollars USD); the provider and terms of the annuity shall be selected by WGVS, and if the annuity is converted to a currency other than US Dollars (which conversion to be at WGVS sole discretion), the then-prevailing exchange rate shall be used, as quoted by WGVS’ bankers, based on the USD prize amount; any current exchange or wire fees shall be paid by the winner/recipient.

CONTACT:
Rita Mort
Executive Vice President, Marketing
World’s Greatest Videos (WGVS)
Rita.Mort@WGVS.com; (214) 604-9058

Sudan’s President Orders Investigation Amid Protests

CAIRO Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered an investigation into “recent events” after two weeks of violent protests against his 29-year autocratic rule, as he seeks to placate popular anger over worsening economic conditions.

The state news agency reported late Monday that al-Bashir has tasked Justice Minister Mohammed Ahmed Salem with leading the investigation, without providing further details on the subject of the probe.

Twenty-two political parties and groups meanwhile said they will call on Bashir to step down and transfer power to a “sovereign council” and a transitional government that would set a “suitable” date for democratic elections.

The parties include some Islamist factions that were once allied with al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 military coup, as well as breakaway groups from large traditional parties, like the Democratic Unionist and Umma parties, which did not join in the call.

“It is well known that the [current] regime does not have the common economic tools to halt the deterioration,” they said in a memorandum they plan to present to al-Bashir on Wednesday. “The regime, in its present composition and given its political, economic, regional and international isolation, cannot pull through this crisis,” it said.

It warned that failure to transition to a new political system would have “dire consequences” for Sudan.

The parties said the proposed administration would introduce freedoms, democracy and halt the ongoing strife in the western regions of Kordofan and Darfur, and the Blue Nile region south of the capital, Khartoum.

There was no immediate reaction from the government to the memorandum, which was read to reporters in a Tuesday news conference in the Sudanese capital.

Western nations, including the United States and Britain, and rights groups have called on authorities in Sudan to investigate the use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators. Some activists have speculated that al-Bashir’s political rivals may have engineered an acute shortage of fuel and other basic commodities to whip up anger against the government.

Authorities have said that 19 people died in the protests, while Amnesty International said it has “credible reports” that 37 died in the first five days of protests. Human Rights Watch said Monday that independent groups have put the death toll at 40 since the protests erupted on Dec. 19.

Al-Bashir on Monday sought to defuse the anger sweeping the country, promising better days ahead and pledging more “transparency, effectiveness and justice in all our national institutions” in an address to the nation marking the anniversary of Sudan’s independence 63 years ago.

“Our country is going through pressing economic conditions that have hurt a large segment of society,” he said. “We appreciate this suffering, feel its impact and we thank our people for their beautiful patience.”

Al-Bashir said the 2019 budget would maintain state subsidies on many commodities, raise wages, refrain from introducing new taxes and do more for the poorest. He did not elaborate.

Sudan’s economy has stagnated for most of al-Bashir’s rule. He has also failed to unite or keep the peace in the religiously and ethnically diverse nation, losing three quarters of Sudan’s oil wealth when the mainly animist and Christian south seceded in 2011 following a referendum.

Critics say rampant corruption is eating up a significant part of government funds and engineering shortages of basic items to manipulate prices. The protesters have been chanting against the “government of thieves.”

Source: Voice of America

Sudan’s President Orders Investigation Amid Protests

CAIRO Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered an investigation into “recent events” after two weeks of violent protests against his 29-year autocratic rule, as he seeks to placate popular anger over worsening economic conditions.

The state news agency reported late Monday that al-Bashir has tasked Justice Minister Mohammed Ahmed Salem with leading the investigation, without providing further details on the subject of the probe.

Twenty-two political parties and groups meanwhile said they will call on Bashir to step down and transfer power to a “sovereign council” and a transitional government that would set a “suitable” date for democratic elections.

The parties include some Islamist factions that were once allied with al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 military coup, as well as breakaway groups from large traditional parties, like the Democratic Unionist and Umma parties, which did not join in the call.

“It is well known that the [current] regime does not have the common economic tools to halt the deterioration,” they said in a memorandum they plan to present to al-Bashir on Wednesday. “The regime, in its present composition and given its political, economic, regional and international isolation, cannot pull through this crisis,” it said.

It warned that failure to transition to a new political system would have “dire consequences” for Sudan.

The parties said the proposed administration would introduce freedoms, democracy and halt the ongoing strife in the western regions of Kordofan and Darfur, and the Blue Nile region south of the capital, Khartoum.

There was no immediate reaction from the government to the memorandum, which was read to reporters in a Tuesday news conference in the Sudanese capital.

Western nations, including the United States and Britain, and rights groups have called on authorities in Sudan to investigate the use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators. Some activists have speculated that al-Bashir’s political rivals may have engineered an acute shortage of fuel and other basic commodities to whip up anger against the government.

Authorities have said that 19 people died in the protests, while Amnesty International said it has “credible reports” that 37 died in the first five days of protests. Human Rights Watch said Monday that independent groups have put the death toll at 40 since the protests erupted on Dec. 19.

Al-Bashir on Monday sought to defuse the anger sweeping the country, promising better days ahead and pledging more “transparency, effectiveness and justice in all our national institutions” in an address to the nation marking the anniversary of Sudan’s independence 63 years ago.

“Our country is going through pressing economic conditions that have hurt a large segment of society,” he said. “We appreciate this suffering, feel its impact and we thank our people for their beautiful patience.”

Al-Bashir said the 2019 budget would maintain state subsidies on many commodities, raise wages, refrain from introducing new taxes and do more for the poorest. He did not elaborate.

Sudan’s economy has stagnated for most of al-Bashir’s rule. He has also failed to unite or keep the peace in the religiously and ethnically diverse nation, losing three quarters of Sudan’s oil wealth when the mainly animist and Christian south seceded in 2011 following a referendum.

Critics say rampant corruption is eating up a significant part of government funds and engineering shortages of basic items to manipulate prices. The protesters have been chanting against the “government of thieves.”

Source: Voice of America

New Year’s message: President calls on Seychellois to make an impact in 2019

The President of Seychelles called for the island nation to leave a positive mark in 2019 as he delivered his New Year’s address on national television Tuesday night.

A new year marks the start of a new chapter that brings hope. It also means a new engagement, a new engagement to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those around us. It is a moment to develop new opportunities as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a nation � but it is essential we remain consistently engaged, said President Danny Faure.

Faure noted that 2018 was a challenging year. However, faced with these challenges, we saw a resilient people. This is our strength � our resilience as a population, said Faure.

The President added that the Seychelles � 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean � is a small country. But we live in a global village. Despite the uncertainties and tribulations in the world, we succeeded in continuing to make progress together.

Faure said that in 2019, the country needs to focus on making more progress as this is the only way to consolidate and maintain the country’s development.

The key lies within each one of us � we become more active, engaged citizens. As students, we become more engaged in our studies. As workers, we become more engaged in our workplaces. As parents, we become more engaged in raising our children. As citizens, more engaged in the development of our country. When we are engaged, we move our country forward � and we ensure that we sustain our progress, the head of state added.

Faure continued his message by saying our Seychelles that is bigger than all of us, is calling us to remain engaged to bring it forward. Together, we can do it.

The President ended his message by calling for national unity and continued stability.

It is my sincere desire that our country and people continue on this path of national unity, peace and stability. Where we live as one family, where we practice respect and tolerance, where we show compassion and where we are always united, said Faure, adding that as a nation, we will continue to promote peace, freedom and the fundamental right of all people to live in dignity.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

New Year’s message: President calls on Seychellois to make an impact in 2019

The President of Seychelles called for the island nation to leave a positive mark in 2019 as he delivered his New Year’s address on national television Tuesday night.

A new year marks the start of a new chapter that brings hope. It also means a new engagement, a new engagement to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those around us. It is a moment to develop new opportunities as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a nation � but it is essential we remain consistently engaged, said President Danny Faure.

Faure noted that 2018 was a challenging year. However, faced with these challenges, we saw a resilient people. This is our strength � our resilience as a population, said Faure.

The President added that the Seychelles � 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean � is a small country. But we live in a global village. Despite the uncertainties and tribulations in the world, we succeeded in continuing to make progress together.

Faure said that in 2019, the country needs to focus on making more progress as this is the only way to consolidate and maintain the country’s development.

The key lies within each one of us � we become more active, engaged citizens. As students, we become more engaged in our studies. As workers, we become more engaged in our workplaces. As parents, we become more engaged in raising our children. As citizens, more engaged in the development of our country. When we are engaged, we move our country forward � and we ensure that we sustain our progress, the head of state added.

Faure continued his message by saying our Seychelles that is bigger than all of us, is calling us to remain engaged to bring it forward. Together, we can do it.

The President ended his message by calling for national unity and continued stability.

It is my sincere desire that our country and people continue on this path of national unity, peace and stability. Where we live as one family, where we practice respect and tolerance, where we show compassion and where we are always united, said Faure, adding that as a nation, we will continue to promote peace, freedom and the fundamental right of all people to live in dignity.

Source: Seychelles News Agency