No Indictment in Dismissed GT Bank Manager Assault Case

first_imgGT Bank Liberia managing director, Ayodeji Bejide, allegedly injured employee Edward Freeman by throwing a calculator at him, causing a serious injury to his lips.-As Defendant Ayodeji Bejide gets court permission to leave the country The Liberian government has declined to indict dismissed Guaranty Trust Bank Manager, Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national, after he threw his calculator at the face of one of his staff members in a fit of rage, during a meeting. The staff member, identified as Edward Freeman, sustained  serious injury on the lip.The Monrovia City Court, where defendant Bejide is expected to face charges of aggravated assault, has lifted its travel ban on the defendant, permitting him to leave for a two-week medical trip outside the country.Initially, the government had requested the court not to allow Bejide to leave the country while the matter was still pending.It was not clear whether it was the government’s prosecutors that agreed to the court’s decision, though defendant Bejide had been under a US$50,000 bail posted by the Insurance Company of Africa (ICA).The assault on Freeman took place on Tuesday, August 28, after which Bejide was arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP), charged with aggravated assault, and arraigned on August 30 before the Monrovia City Court.Since defendant Bejide’s first arraignment, there is no record to show that the government has notified the court about their preparedness to pursue the matter.And because  government prosecutors did not press for the resumption of the case, the court resolved to revoke its sanctions imposed on defendant Bejide barring him from leaving the country.Their revocation letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, is dated September 28, 2018 and signed by Francis Weah, clerk of the court. It reads: “Acting upon order and directive of Magistrate Kennedy Peabody the Writ of Ne-Exeat Republica of August 31 issued by the court for the purpose of preventing defendant Ayodeji Bejide leaving the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia is ordered by the court revoked since, in fact, the purpose for which the writ was issued no longer exist.”In conclusion, it said, “He (defendant Bejide) is thereby at liberty and has the freedom to leave the Republic of Liberia to foreign parts as he wishes.”It may be recalled that because of the urgency attached to the matter, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), at the time of the incident, instituted several punitive measures against Ayodeji Bejide, including his immediate suspension for assaulting Edward Freeman.The Bank, in a release, said, “The Chairman of the Board of Governors and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Nathaniel R. Patray, III sanctioned the decision as Mr.  Ayodeji Bejide will not receive pay pending the thorough investigation of the allegations against him by the CBL’s Board.”Another measure taken by the CBL, was the naming of GTBank Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Amazu Nwachukwu, as Acting MD until the conclusion of the aforesaid investigation and “the submission to the CBL within 48 hours the GT Bank Board’s intended course of action to address this grave matter.”“The CBL Management says following its (GT Bank Board’s) report, it would review the Board’s recommendations and ensure the strictest implementation of the Bank’s ‘mitigative’ actions,” the release noted.In response to Bejide’s action, GT Bank Board expressed deep regret for this alleged incident and further informed the CBL that a senior executive from its parent company, GT Bank Nigeria, was due to arrive in Liberia on August 29, 2018, to assist in the investigation.Police investigation also established that suspect Bejide and the victim were not in confusion at the time of the incident and that the suspect had admitted to the commission of the crime.At that time, Inspector General of Police Patrick Sudue warned that his administration would not tolerate such a barbaric attitude and perpetrators will surely be prosecuted according to the laws of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Latest: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea had to withstand a brief period of pressure in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Frank Lampard almost put them ahead in the first half, volleying against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box.The England midfielder earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the first half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.There have been no clear-cut chances since the restart, with Chelsea standing firm during a 10-minute spell in which the Gunners had plenty of possession.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Amazing Bird Tricks

first_img“Angry Birds” are perhaps the best known species among electronic bird-watchers these days, but we should never forget that real birds are amazing creatures.  Incredibly diverse (think ostrich to hummingbird to penguin), they continue to fascinate scientists and laymen.  Here are some recent science stories about our feathered friends. 1. Regular PM, Hedd A, Montevecchi WA, 2011 Fishing in the Dark: A Pursuit-Diving Seabird Modifies Foraging Behaviour in Response to Nocturnal Light Levels. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26763. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026763. The CEH Law applies: the more detail in the observations, the less talk about evolution.  We should never take any living thing for granted.  There is more wonder in a bacterium than we can imagine; how much more in multicellular creatures that can fly, swim, see in near darkness, swarm in tens of thousands while flying in unison, use tools, and teach us how to make helmets.  Take a closer look at the birds in your vicinity today.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tool use:  A brief news item in Nature (27 Oct 2011, p. 431) claimed that “The ability to use tools is not always a sign, or a driver, of intelligence – certainly not in some Galapagos finches.”  A researcher gave a kind of IQ test to finches that use twigs to pry out food (mimicking tool use) and other finches that do not.  Neither group scored higher.  “The findings show that physical and cognitive abilities do not always evolve hand-in-hand,” Nature claimed, begging questions whether either ability evolved in the first place.  Still, any animal handy with a twig is a pretty clever bird. Birds of a feather flock:  We’ve all seen the nature shows with scenes of birds taking off in huge swarms, so thick one wonders how they avoid collisions.  Flocks of starlings can contain 10 million individuals (be amazed at this BBC video). Perhaps one of your local bird species puts on similar shows, darting this way and that in unison, executing aerial acrobatics no fighter pilot squad could hope to imitate.  “Watching thousands of birds fly in a highly coordinated, yet leaderless, flock can be utterly baffling to humans,” PhysOrg reported.  “Now, new research is peeling back the layers of mystery to show how exactly they do it – and why it might be advantageous to fly right.”  Charlotte Hemelrijk of the University of Groningen (Netherlands) has shown in computer models that an individual bird only needs to keep track of about seven neighbors to stay in formation.  Still, it is not clear why the birds do it.  Fun?  Exercise?  Social birds learn quickly from each other, and humans could learn from flocking birds, finding ways to improve formation flying in aircraft. Woodpecker helmets:  Speaking of learning from birds, designers of helmets should pay attention to woodpeckers.  Their heads have to endure decelerations of 6 or 7 meters per second without sustaining brain injury.  According to PhysOrg, a team in China filmed woodpeckers, analyzed the forces involved, and then tried to figure out what factors in the birds’ skulls prevent injury.  “The researchers conclude that the shock absorption system is not based on a single factor, but is a result of the combined effect of a number of different morphological features,” the team concluded.  The sponginess of the bone, the structure of the beak, and the shape of the cranium were some factors that work in concert to protect the little bird brain.  “This combination may be useful in guiding design for new protective gear.” Back on the perch:  After the discovery of another Archaeopteryx specimen recently (10/19/2011), some will be comforted to hear that the world’s most famous fossil has been returned to the bird category.  Dr Michael Lee [South Australian Museum] responded to claims earlier this year that put Archaeopteryx into phylogenetic confusion, raising fear among evolutionists that creationists would spin the announcement to their advantage (7/28/2011).  Lee’s team claims the earlier announcement had weak support; their more detailed analysis shows that Archaeopteryx was, in fact, a bird.  Team member Trevor Worthy said, “In our work, Mike Lee has shown quite clearly that methodology is highly significant and that before a paradigm is overturned data needs to be rigorously examined.”  They used a combination of methods to establish the bird’s identity.  How this helps the story of the origin and evolution of birds, though, was not explained. Hunting in the dark:  Most seabirds hunt during the day, but the common murre often hunts at night, finding its prey underwater in near total darkness.  How do they do it?  Writing in PLoS One,1 a trio of Canadian scientists watched murres exercise their unique night-hunting ability. They found murres hunting as deep as 580 feet at light levels covering 13 orders of magnitude (103 to 10-10 watts per square meter).  Hunting in the near-complete darkness of starlight was less frequent, but the birds were observed diving in both ambient moonlight and starlight.  The scientists are not sure if the birds catch prey by random search in the deepest darkness or use some kind of non-visual cues.  “This research … raises questions about the strategies and mechanisms birds use to find prey under very low light conditions,” they said.  The researchers said very little about evolution, referring backhandedly to “the evolution of” this or that a couple of times in the first paragraph, then stating, “To maximize foraging opportunity, many deep diving marine predators have evolved large, sensitive, dark adapted eyes.”  But dark-adapted eyes often work less well in bright light, so they seemed puzzled how the common murre’s eyes could have evolved to be good at both.  “Murres dived through a broad range of light levels – from sunlit to starlit – as they foraged throughout the day and night,” they noted.  “This is perplexing since it seems unlikely that their eyes could be adapted for visually guided foraging across all conditions.”  Last sentence: “Though the physiological mechanisms behind the murres’ ability to hunt through wide-ranging light conditions have yet to be understood, their ability to function through such conditions is a testament to their adaptability.”last_img read more

How to Write an Effective Logline for Your Next Film or Video

first_imgIdentify Your Characters and Their Goals Let’s take a look at some loglines from popular shows and movies.Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.To craft your logline, begin by identifying your main character. Let’s take the Netflix show Ozark for example.A Chicago-based financial advisor secretly relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks when his dealings with a drug cartel go awry.We can see here that we begin with a description of our main character. Are there many other characteristics or traits about Marty that we find out later in the series? Yes. However, a logline is a condensed version of only the most essential information.Next, we identify Marty’s main objective: to relocate his family. Again, although he has many goals, this is the foundation of them all: to keep his family out of harm’s way.Lastly, we introduce the main conflict of the story: the drug cartels. By introducing the main conflict into your logline, you tell the audience what stands in the protagonist’s way. If our main character simply moved his family to Missouri and everything was fine, the logline wouldn’t be very tempting.Questions and ConversationLoglines aren’t meant to answer all of the audience’s questions. If it’s an effective logline, it should leave the audience with questions about intrigue. It should open up a line of dialogue that inspires more questions about the plot of your story. If your logline piques the interest of the audience, you know it’s effective. A good logline can relay the message and plot of your film or video during its early stages and on into its release. Cover image via Shutterstock.Brevity We’ve all made that long-winded three-minute spiel about the plot of our next film. And most of the time, we still feel like we’ve left out important aspects of the story. This is where a logline comes in.A logline is essentially a one-to-two sentence summary of the plot of your film. It’s a sentence, or two, that identifies your main character, their motive, and the conflict they face. Yes, that is a lot to squeeze into one or two sentences. However, a logline should be dense and packed with information. No fluff.Loglines will become your elevator pitch. You will recite this time and time again. So crafting a good one is essential.last_img read more

PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES But the errors piled up for the Philippines, allowing Vietnam to take control, 23-19, en route to the victory.The Vietnamese hope to win the gold medal this time after settling for second place in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore following a three-set loss to Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments The Philippine men’s national volleyball team yielded to powerhouse Vietnam, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos may have faltered in straight sets but they had their moments especially in the third set, where they managed to take a 16-13 edge.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more