They posed grinning beside a bust of George Washington and stood solemnly in front of a portrait of John F. Kennedy. A few even caught President Obama as he walked across the South Lawn to Marine One.
For visitors to the White House, Wednesday proved cause for rejoicing — and a post or two on Instagram — as Michelle Obama announced the end of a 40-year-old ban on photography during public tours. The first lady revealed the news in a video posted early Wednesday in which she literally tore up a sign bearing the rule.
The move, which drew near universal praise, is likely to generate a stream of positive images for the White House and the first family, especially among young people using social media.
Robert Dallek, a presidential historian, said the change would bring greater transparency and openness to the White House, particularly at a time when Republican presidential candidates looking to position themselves as Washington outsiders have criticized the administration for being out of touch.
“They don’t do these things without political considerations,” Mr. Dallek said. “I guess they want to show that they are not hidebound. They’re not strapped down by traditions that limit what goes on.”
The photography ban was originally put in place to address a range of concerns, including the damaging effect of flash photography on artwork and delays in tours as visitors stopped to snap shots and strayed from the tour route.
Advances in camera technology, though, now allow high-quality photos to be taken without a flash.
The White House’s decision was also an acknowledgment of the near impossibility of stopping all visitors from using cellphones to record and widely share personal experiences.
Institutions that still ban photographic equipment, like federal courts, often demand that visitors surrender their cellphones, an increasingly burdensome requirement.
Many tourists who arrived at the White House on Wednesday had not heard about the change in the rules. They found new signs reading “Photography is encouraged” and “Use the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour to share your experience.”
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BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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