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

Athletics players set, match career highs in win over Tigers

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s beat the Detroit Tigers, 10-2, on Saturday night.The bullpen was stretched pretty thin following Friday’s quasi-double-header. Chris Bassitt got the most out of his start, holding the Tigers to two runs through six innings. He stuck out a career-high 11 batters on 108 pitches.Matt Olson hit his 29th home run of the year, tying his 2018 high despite missing the first 35 games of the season as he recovered from hamate surgery. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI, it was his first …last_img read more

Afcon 2013 to mobilise against malaria

first_img21 December 2012African football stars and heads of state will promote the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s United Against Malaria campaign throughout the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) tournament, which kicks off in South Africa on 19 January.The campaign will push life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the Afcon tournament, with the help of footballing icons such as Didier Drogba, Smuel Eto’o and former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar.They will be joined by African heads of state who are members of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.The heads of state and the football stars will appear on television, billboards and educational materials that will be distributed across Africa.90% of malaria deaths in AfricaHead of external relations for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Herve Verhoosel, said that they were thrilled to have malaria featured as a social cause of the 2013 Afcon tournament.“The strong partnership between United Against Malaria and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) allows us to leverage the powerful platform of football to reach millions of fans across Africa, where approximately 90 percent of global malaria deaths occur, with life-saving messages to help protect communities from this preventable and treatable disease,” Verhoosel said.South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said the Afcon tournament would build on the strong commitment and momentum of national federations and their players from the 2010 Fifa World Cup and move the continent closer to making malaria a problem of the past.Cameroonian national team player Eto’o said: “Across the continent, football dominates the hearts and minds of children and parents alike, but so does malaria, the cause of 174-million illnesses and nearly 600 000 deaths in Africa alone every year.“We have united to utilise the power of football to fight malaria, and we hope our fans will join us,” Eto’o said.Preventable and treatableAlthough it is preventable and treatable, malaria continues to kill one child in Africa every 60 seconds and costs the continent an estimated minimum of US$12-billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year.Cote d’Ivoire national team skipper Didier Drogba said: “I have been a victim of malaria and have witnessed the devastating effects it can have on individuals and families. Using the popularity of football to increase awareness of prevention and treatment methods will go a long way in the fight to show malaria the red card.”CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani said: “Malaria affects nearly everyone on the African continent, including footballers and government leaders. With all eyes on the tournament and its participants, we are committed to utilising this platform to communicate important messaging to end deaths from this devastating disease.”Liberian President Sirleaf of Liberia said: “As a football fan myself, I understand the game’s power and popularity. We have the tools to win against malaria and I urge others to join us in the fight.”Bafana former player Pienaar said: “I am honoured to be a champion for this cause; it is unacceptable that malaria kills one child in Africa every minute. We can take such simple steps to prevent and treat this disease. United we can beat malaria.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Key Differences Between DaVinci Resolve and Magic Bullet

first_imgMost small to medium post companies doing ad work want me to color in the NLE, while filmmakers working on shorts and features want a Resolve session after picture lock.It’s only going to get more polarized now that Premiere Pro CC 2015 includes in-timeline color grading. Plus, next month Resolve 12 will drop and include more “edit-y” features. The choice of which one to use will get more interesting. As we move toward this future, my only advice is to avoid the temptation to decide on a “best.” Feature films with famous actors have been colored in the Magic Bullet Suite and no-budget webisode videos have been graded in Resolve. That’s just the world we live in now.Why You Should Love ResolveIf you have ever spent time in any of the Resolve wannabes or the more esoteric apps like SpeedGrade, then you will instantly fall in love with the grandmother of all digital grading platforms. Resolve used to cost as much as a small apartment, ran on proprietary hardware, and was reserved for the highest-end projects for high-paying clients.There was a not-so-subtle schadenfreude among starving filmmakers when BlackMagic did the the unthinkable and gave the rabble the keys to the Ferrari. It wasn’t enough that we had a free DaVinci now, it was that the former high-end suites and artists knew we had a free DaVinci. Once again that tension thrived between the “barbarians at the gates” and the “elitists in the towers.” Resolve sets the standard for professional color grading apps, and the free version is more than most people will ever need. What’s not to love?Why You Should Love Magic BulletMagic Bullet is not a Resolve knock-off. The tool set included in the suite is unique and intuitively designed for anyone that’s ever spent an hour working with video on a computer. There’s a balance between quick, easy-to-use presets and infinitely tweakable settings that allow for customization and complex grading effects. MBL can be as simple as a two-second drag and drop effect, or one could spend an hour noodling a shot until it’s “perfect.”There is no easier way to start creating powerful, compelling looks if you know next to nothing about color grading. The development team at RedGiant is made up of filmmakers, DV Rebels, and techies that understand the workflows and hardware most low-budget filmmakers are using. They have created a constellation of applications that sit right on top of After Effects, Premiere, and FCPX. And there is an amazing community of dedicated users that share looks, tips and techniques, not just for color correction but for high-end image creation on a no-dollar budget.When you get on board with Magic Bullet, you are joining a community of creators connected by a company dedicated to being a creative partner. It’s amazing. I have been involved with Magic Bullet, as a beta tester, advisor, and plug-ins packs developer since its creation nearly 15 years ago. There are very few software developers that are so integrated into a community of users than the folks at RedGiant.The Big DifferencesBoth packages can be used for basic primary color correction (lift, gamma, gain), doing shot to shot matching, as well as secondary color correction using mattes and keys to target skin tones and specific regions of the image. Either package can be used to create stylized looks and both allow users to save and create presets. There’s really no limit.Where the packages differ is in two areas, in my opinion: speed and ease-of-use. Here’s an experiment: get a stop watch and set up a tracking mask on a person’s face in Premiere/ Colorista and one in Resolve 11. This is probably the tool that I use the most once I’m done with primary color correction.A secondary correction applied to a tracked mask on a face is used for “relighting” subjects, erasing wrinkles, and drawing attention to part of the frame. As a colorist, you’re going to use this endlessly, all day long.Grab the stop watch and time how long each program takes to track that person’s face. Do it on the exact same hardware, make it apples to apples (so to speak).Premiere Pro, even with a nice GPU on a fast machine, will clunk through a frame at a time, at a rate far below realtime. Frustratingly so. On the exact same machine, with the exact same clip, Resolve will blaze through the shot, tracking accurately and steady in realtime. This is, to me, the crucial difference. The ability to interact with masks that track in realtime enables a far more iterative and creative workflow. When using Premiere Pro’s built-in track, you, the user, are sidelined while the software plays catch up and figures out the track. Is it a deal breaker?No, but it does require a lot of working around… and I am less likely to want to do all the nice relighting touches that can really make a shot pop off the screen. Keep in mind, this is not a problem inherent to Magic Bullet. This is the limitation of the Premiere Pro CC 2015 tracking tool. The end result is a limited kind of secondary workflow. Is one color grading tool that much better than the other? Let’s look at the differences between DaVinci Resolve and Magic Bullet.I’ve spent the last few months bouncing back and forth between DaVinci Resolve 11 and Magic Bullet Suite 12 for color jobs, trying to determine how best to offer color grading services on a wide variety of projects. The journey started out as “What’s better, MBL or the Resolve?” and I’ve landed confusingly on “both.” You can grade in your edit, or you can edit in your grade.These are the two options that we all face now when it comes to the question of DaVinci Resolve versus Magic Bullet. Both methods yield incredible results in a timely fashion, and the difference is philosophical as much as technical. The flipside of this is ease-of-use. Quite simply, Magic Bullet is easy to use and Resolve is complicated. Magic Bullet’s tool sets live inside Premiere Pro’s effect window and you never leave your comfortable NLE. A decision to use Resolve, in all its powerful glory, is a decision to tackle a very, very steep learning curve.If you’re inexperienced as a colorist, and a job falls in your lap that needs a color pass by the end of the day, you’re probably not going to hop into a Resolve session.  However, Resolve is far easier to use and way less arcane that it used to be. As the product evolves, it is becoming way more “rabble friendly”.Want to learn more about color grading? Check out a few of the following resources:5 Reasons to Get a Color Grading Control SurfaceKey Workflow Tips For A Smooth Color Grading Process3 Free Color Grading ToolsWhich do your prefer, Magic Bullet or DaVinci Resolve? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage According to TMZ, the newly crowned NBA champs blew through roughly around 300 bottles of premium champagne at Oracle Arena, as players drenched both fans and personnel after claiming the Larry O’ Brien Trophy. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street parade Steph loves champagne. (So do I). Alchemy sent us this pic of the Warriors at the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/5K1OTg43Qy— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) June 13, 2017Before celebrating with their hometown fans during the team’s victory parade in the Bay Area on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Golden State Warriors held a soirée of their own after blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street paradeADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img What ‘missteps’? View comments LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The team went on to commemorate its victory by bringing the party to the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco, where it reportedly spent $150,000 (over P7 milion) on the sparkling wine.The hefty tab included bottles of the fancy liquor custom 6-liter Moet & Chandon Nectar Rose, which was estimated to go for $15,000 (over P700,000) apiece, “if you could buy them,” the report said.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory paradeADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

TFA ANNOUNCES NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce a new sponsorship deal with Sportscover, the worlds leading sports insurance underwriters.The partnership will see Sportscover become the major sponsor of TFA referees and an Official Supporter of TFA National teams.They will be providing an annual scholarship for referees for the value of $2000.The agreement is a great step forward in providing another financial avenue for the development and growth of all aspects of Touch.Sportscover Chief Executive Officer, Murray Anderson is confident the partnership will be a positive one.“We are delighted to be involved with Touch Football Australia, and over the next three years look forward to supporting not only the referees, but all TFA members around Australia.”last_img read more

HIGH PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR POSITION NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the new position of High Performance Coordinator in the TFA Brisbane Office.  This is an ideal ‘entry’ level position for persons interested in pursuing a career in high performance or general sport management and would suit a recent graduate with a few years experience in the field.The position will coordinate and drive the delivery of the TFA high performance program.  Key functions include the organisation of camps and tours and working with the national coaches and other personnel on the construct and delivery of a comprehensive high performance program for the sport.Applicants should email a brief overview of their qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to TFA Game Development Manager, Colm Maguire, at colm@austouch.com.au  by COB Friday 20 October 2006. Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.For further information please contact Colm Maguire 0402 893 104High Performance Coordinator Descriptionlast_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Drops Surprise Visit On Michigan State During Film Room

first_imgDraymond Green visits Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.drayond green visits michigan stateThursday, Michigan State basketball opens up The Wooden Legacy tournament, played in Anaheim, with a contest against Boston College. Wednesday night, the team had a surprise visit from a former player who now plays for the best team in the state of California. Draymond Green, who stars for the Golden State Warriors but played his college ball at MSU, stopped by during film session to see his former teammates – and, of course, head coach Tom Izzo. Check it out:Green has the Warriors off to a 16-0 start. Perhaps his influence will help the Spartans do the same.last_img read more