Former Minister of Commence Miatta Beyslow along with other former government officials, including former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Nelson Williams implicated in the misapplication of US$5.8m from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant could likely be sent to jail, if a US$2m bond secured in their favor is disallowed by Criminal Court ‘C.’The bond was filed by the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACIC), but government lawyers are pushing for the court to deny it and allow the defendants to be jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison.The court has not set any date to hear the merit and demerit of the bond.In his exception to the bond, the prosecution alleged that the insurance company that is serving as a surety for the defendants’ bail bond has not shown to the satisfaction of the court any legal authority and or evidence that the company has the ability and capacity to do so.“The Insurance company’s tax clearance, business registration certificate, restated articles of incorporation and independent auditors report and financial statement for the year 2014 attached to the criminal appearance bond are not sufficient to show that ACIC has the capacity and ability to perform the obligation it has undertaken in its criminal bond,” the prosecution claimed.The prosecution further claimed that there is no statement of account(s) of ACIC from any financial institution within the country and outside of Liberia attached to the bond to show evidence that it has the financial capacity to serve as surety as required under law. “The company has filed several bail bonds to secure the release and appearance of many defendants within the country and those cases for which it secured the bail are still pending before various courts in Liberia,” the prosecution noted.The prosecution also alleged that the insurance company has failed to meet the legal requirement of section (d) of the Judicial Order Number One, contending that the law, practice and procedure in the country requires that “any bail bond posted in the case of economic sabotage must be commensurate with the amount charged in the indictment.”“The total amount posted by the defendants as bail is US$2m which is far below the indictment amount of US$5,764,110, therefore the entire bond should be vacated, disallowed and set aside,” the prosecution argued.In their counter argument, defense lawyers said, the Liberian Constitution prohibits the imposition of excessive bail, clarifying that “the posting of the US$2m bond is adequate to ensure that the defendants will be available as and when their presence is required by the court.”According to them, ACIC has met all of the legal requirements to do bond business in the country.“We deny the allegation and confirm that the supporting documents attached to the criminal appearance bond and the affidavit of surety clearly shows that the defendants’ surety, ACIC, has met all the legal requirements and is qualified to be defendants’ surety in the matter,” the defense team insisted.They however pleaded with the court to overrule prosecution’s request and declare the defendants’ bond valid.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stoppage-time winner for Juventus from the penalty spot © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Oct 31 – Cristiano Ronaldo converted a 96th-minute penalty as Juventus defeated Thiago Motta’s Genoa 2-1 to reclaim top spot in Serie A on Wednesday, while Napoli were left seething after conceding a disputed late equaliser against Atalanta.Ronaldo sat out the 1-1 draw at Lecce over the weekend but Juve looked set to drop more points on his return in Turin as Christian Kouame’s fluke equaliser cancelled out a header from Leonardo Bonucci. The Portuguese forward saw a stoppage-time strike ruled out by VAR for offside before he won a last-gasp penalty after he was fouled by Toni Sanabria.Ronaldo drilled the spot-kick low beyond Ionut Radu for his fifth league goal of the season to send Maurizio Sarri’s Juve back above Inter Milan at the summit.“It was a difficult game against a well organised team but Juve must keep going until the end,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport.“We suffered a lot tonight but we created a lot and deserved this win.”Genoa, in their second game under Motta, played most of the second half with 10 men after Francesco Cassata was sent off, while Juve substitute Adrien Rabiot was dismissed late on for two bookable offences.Atalanta twice fought back from a goal behind to hold Napoli to a 2-2 draw at the San Paolo, where a fiery ending resulted in red cards for Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant.Josip Ilicic struck a contentious 86th-minute equaliser that was upheld following a lengthy VAR review, as Napoli appealed for a penalty.Napoli forward Fernando Llorente tumbled to the ground after jostling with Simon Kjaer in the Atalanta area before the visitors countered and scored through Ilicic.A five-minute interruption followed before the referee awarded the goal without reviewing the incident on the touchline monitor.“I consider what happened an attack on my professionalism, my players and my club,” Ancelotti said.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was livid with the officiating.“If there is VAR it’s pointless creating eight minutes of additional time because all that happens is pushing and shouting,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“And what is this buffoonery from the referee who kicks out a gentleman like Ancelotti?“We’re fed up. Without us the referees would be peeling potatoes. We’re tired of paying for this standard of refereeing.”– Roma, Lazio move above Napoli –Nikola Maksimovic had headed Napoli into the lead on 16 minutes, but Remo Freuler levelled just before half-time when his shot squirmed through goalkeeper Alex Meret.Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik hit the post and crossbar before putting Napoli back on top on 71 minutes when he raced onto a Fabian Ruiz pass and rounded Pierluigi Gollini.However, Ilicic levelled and nearly grabbed a winner in stoppage time for Atalanta, who stayed third but now trail leaders Juve by five points.“From the pitch, I thought it was a penalty. Then, seeing the images, I saw a big elbow to Kjaer’s face,” Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini said of the passage of play that led to his team’s controversial equaliser.“The images are very clear. Whoever was in the VAR booth confirmed what the referee saw, but I’m rightly biased.”Roma climbed above Napoli into fourth after a 4-0 rout of Udinese despite losing Federico Fazio to a red card on 31 minutes.Nicolo Zaniolo opened the scoring before the dismissal of Fazio for a foul as the last defender.Chris Smalling doubled Roma’s lead early in the second half with a Justin Kluivert goal and Aleksandar Kolarov penalty wrapping up victory.Ciro Immobile struck twice to take his league-leading tally to 12 goals as Lazio swept Torino aside 4-0.Cagliari extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-2 win over Bologna while Fiorentina came from behind to defeat Sassuolo 2-1.Sampdoria remain rooted to the foot of the table despite Gaston Ramirez salvaging a 1-1 draw with an injury-time equaliser at home to Lecce.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)
QPR have extended youngster Channing Campbell-Young’s trial.Campbell-Young, who turns 20 this Saturday, featured for Rangers’ development side in a recent match against Crystal Palace and was also selected for a game this evening against his former club Bolton.He was on Tottenham’s books before being signed by Wanderers, who released him this summer.He can play in a number of positions but is primarily a defensive midfielder.QPR’s line-up for the Under-23 game at the Macron Stadium also included Swiss goalkeeper Seny Dieng, who was recently signed by the club.See also:QPR sign keeper after youngster is sidelined for six monthsQPR look at two trialistsQPR quiz – can you get five out of five?QPR striker Polter a doubt for Newcastle gameTrialist features again in QPR U23 gamePolter and Luongo doubtful, but QPR trio availableFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Politically correct persuasion is at your doorstep, masquerading as a scientific survey.Last year, Science Magazine was shamed into retracting a paper written by a LGBT activist (6/06/15). The activist, Michael Lacour, a doctoral candidate at UCLA, leveraged the name recognition of Donald Green, a Columbia University political scientist, as co-author. When he heard about “irregularities” in Lacour’s survey data, Green later admitted he had not adequately supervised Lacour’s work (Nature). The retraction not only put egg on the face of the AAAS (publisher of Science), but also on all the politically-correct reporters who had celebrated Lacour’s “findings.”Lacour had hired some of his gay friends to canvass houses in a conservative area, seeing if they could persuade them to change their views about gay marriage (12/17/14). As we pointed out at the time, it wasn’t a bad paper simply because of bad record-keeping, but because the whole design of the survey was overtly biased. Lacour was on a campaign to change public attitudes about gay marriage. A neutral scientific paper should have studied the effect of surveys on both views—i.e., seeing if supporters of gay marriage could be persuaded to change their views in favor of traditional marriage. Additionally, survey takers were all hired from Lacour’s gay activist group. A scientific survey should have sought to employ helpers from both positions, or better yet, used survey takers without a strong position. Everything else about the “experiment” was flawed, too, including the lack of adequate control, the lack of objectivity. It was an exercise in advocacy, pure and simple. Science was caught with its pants down, and repented—temporarily. Nature said that the incident created “a stigma that has haunted political science”; it was a “painful episode” one would think would shame researchers from doing it again.Now, however, the Lacour defenders are back with a vengeance, touting new “survey” methods that allegedly prove that people can be “persuaded” to moderate their positions on LGBT “rights.” Once again, the survey takers are tainted with advocacy; success is being measured by the ability to change people’s attitudes toward leftist positions, not equally toward either position on this highly controversial subject facing society. You see it right in Nature‘s coverage: “Door-to-door canvassing reduces transphobia.” No conservative or supporter of traditional gender roles would use that word. Supporters of traditional sex roles are not “phobic” toward LGBT people; in many cases, they love them as individuals and support their rights just as they would for any citizen. They have strongly-held convictions, however, about sex and gender, particularly when it comes to whether men should be allowed to use women’s bathrooms if they declare themselves to feel feminine (whether sincerely or not); must the privacy of girls be sacrificed to the whims of political correctness? (see the latest flap over North Carolina’s law protecting bathroom privacy, and the deceitful coverage in the media about it, discussed by Family Research Council ; Frank Turek shares the conservative position at Townhall.com.)In a democratic society, issues should be decided in the marketplace of ideas by reason and evidence. These days, however, there is a “politically correct” agenda that cannot endure opposition to the LGBT community’s goals, small as the community is (about 3% of the public). People are not allowed to differ from the PC view. The new “survey” technique is being used by confirmed advocates of the LGBT community not to reason with people, but to change them. It’s all the more dangerous when it comes with the imprimatur of science. The Nature article celebrates success in these efforts as “reduced prejudice against transgender people”—but prejudice is uninformed conviction, not reasoned conviction. The article happily quotes a social psychologist who says, “And the bonus is that it has really encouraging results for tolerance and for the rights of transgender people.”The bias in these phrases is disturbing. Transgender people have rights, but little girls have rights of privacy, too. Their rights are being threatened by laws forcing institutions, schools and businesses to ignore very real consequences of letting anyone use the bathroom of their current gender feelings instead of their birth sex. If a burly, bearded man exposes himself in a girl’s bathroom or locker room, causing panic and distress to the girls inside, what about their rights? Should businesses and schools not be allowed to complain about it? Yet when North Carolina passed a common-sense law stating that the state could not force institutions to accommodate the LGBT person (still giving institutions the power to choose their own policies), some corporations and the federal government went ballistic, threatening North Carolina with financial punishment for daring to oppose the LGBT agenda.Regardless of one’s feelings on this issue, it should not be the role of science to advance one view on a highly polarized cultural issue. The Nature article is filled with buzzwords that betray their bias. Try to imagine conservative scientists measuring success in these terms:The canvassers talked to 255 voters about transgender equality, and to another 246 voters about recycling, as a control group.About one in ten voters that were canvassed about transgender discrimination became less prejudiced….Broockman says the magnitude of the change approximates the degree of improvement from 1998 to 2012 in the average opinion of an American towards gay and lesbian people.Broockman plans to extend his work to other issues, such as attitudes about climate change.….Broockman’s designs could be used to test whether attitudes towards undocumented immigrants could be changed.Meanwhile, the transphobia study offers hope that doing so could be worth the effort.Nature‘s reporter Heidi Ledford is not even pretending to be objective with this kind of terminology. Most likely, she is not even aware of it. But the very choice of terms is highly biased, and each position advocated is the leftist position. The phrase “undocumented immigrants,” for instance, shields the reader from whether or not a person has broken the law. The innocuous phrase “climate change” hides the advocacy of punitive measures on economies to correct for what the current consensus thinks humans have done to the planet. The word “equality” conceals the issue of whether a gender-confused person must be allowed to trump the privacy rights of those not so confused, if other methods of accommodation are possible.New Scientist followed suit with its headline, “Re-run of controversial study shows how to cut trans prejudice.” Lacour’s revenge is on. Advocacy groups on the left have grabbed the hammer of science to force their views on the majority. They are refining their methods of scientific brainwashing.For Fleischer, that need not bode ill for canvassing on other topics. It took him seven years to work out the right approach to talk to people about LGBT issues, he says, and he has less experience addressing attitudes toward abortion. It may take time to fine-tune the approach for other sensitive subjects.“Talking to people” is not about engaging in the open marketplace of ideas. The agenda is set in advance. The canvassers are the change agents. The public is the lab rat. The survey questions are fine-tuned for influence in one direction. Success is measured by progress toward the agenda. Ledford quotes Brian Calfano, political scientist at Missouri State, prediction “You’re going to see a lot more of these studies going forward.”We live in dark times. The specter of Soviet “psychopolitics” looms large. Leftists and their “scientific” change agents are driven by their inner conviction that they are smart, and the public is stupid. They are for progress, and everyone else is backward, hindering progress. They have the right views and the right methods to change the world. This kind of utopian mentality has caused untold grief and suffering just within the last century; when will we ever learn?Here’s what you can do. When the canvasser comes to your doorstep, do an experiment on them. See if you can get them to change their views on the propriety of science acting as a change agent for a particular viewpoint. Hey, if it’s fair for them to make you their lab rat, it’s fair to reverse the roles. Every question they ask, notice how it is framed to alter your view, and turn it around to alter theirs. Tell them you are experimenting on them, and you want to publish your results. It will either drive them crazy or (hopefully) make them reconsider what they are doing.If enough conservatives did this, and communicated with each other, we could gather a lot of interesting data about best techniques for deprogramming canvassers, cultists, and other doorbell ringers. Our published results could measure success in terms of ability to open the eyes of the blind, get them off their agenda, and teach them to reason with one another as rational, moral, considerate human beings.Exercise: How would you frame your questions for such an experiment?Warning: If we are too successful at this, the bigots may turn to harsher methods, such as electric shock or torture.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
If you have ever wondered what it is like in the cockpit of a commercial jet then check out this video shot by Captain Rodrigo David who flies with Avianca Brazil, based in Rio De Janeiro.The videos are shot using a Go Pro Hero and the aircraft are either Airbus A318 or A320s.You will see landing and take-offs from the cockpit and a number of South American cities including Rio.
Premiere Pro video editors should take advantage of the great titling and lower-thirds tools in After Effects. Discover how the text presets in AE can help you get professional results.The text tools in Premiere Pro are sufficient for basic titling, but if you want a more robust toolset, After Effects is the way to go. This tutorial lays out the basics of creating animated text in After Effects using presets. Once you’ve got the basics down, experiment and create your own unique text effects. Let’s jump in!Premiere and AE Text WorkflowOpen a Premiere Pro Project, and then select File > Dynamic Link > Create New After Effects Composition. Save the Project, and a new After Effects composition is created for you. From the Layer Menu in Adobe After Effects, select New >Text, which creates text centered in the composition.Start typing to create your title. Click on the text layer in the After Effects composition to select it and now you can adjust your text in the Character Palette.From the Animation Menu select Browse Animation Presets. This launches Adobe Bridge, which lets you see the various presets that ship with After Effects. Note: The Text category only works with After Effects text.Double click on the Text folder…Then Double-click on the Animate In Folder.For this example, we’ll use the preset called Fade Up Characters. Click once on this preset to see a preview of the animation.Now, double-click on Fade Up Characters and this will apply the preset to your selected layer in After Effects.Important: Make sure the layer is selected before you go to Adobe Bridge or it will create a new text layer with the placeholder text “Adobe After Effects.”Use the shortcut Command + Tab (Mac) or Alt + Tab (PC) to quickly get back to After Effects.In the After Effects Preview Panel, click the RAM Preview button and watch the text animate on.With the layer selected in the Composition, Press U (uber key) to reveal the keyframes created by the preset. To change the length of the animation, click on the second keyframe and move it closer (faster) or further apart (slower). Select both keyframes by clicking on Start, right-click and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease.Once you save the file in After Effects, it will save back to your Premiere Pro project via Dynamic Link. This is a quick and easy way to harness all the text presets in After Effects in order to spice up your Premiere Pro video edits.If you’re looking for more AE insight, be sure to visit PremiumBeat’s After Effects archive! Your motion design game will thank you.
Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men’s final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURIRoger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.ADVERTISEMENT In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai. Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was laboring through his service games.He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Cannavaro writes off Napoli as title contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Cannavaro has wrote off Napoli as a title contender.Cannavaro says Juventus are simply too strong.“It really did seem as if Napoli or Inter could halt the Juventus domination, but the Bianconeri seem intent on marching on regardless,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino.“Juve deserve credit for understanding what to do in certain moments. They signed Cristiano Ronaldo when needing to give confidence and renewed enthusiasm to the squad, stepping up a level in Europe and maintaining the invincible aura in Italy.“The only way Napoli will take the Scudetto off Juventus is by signing Lionel Messi. Either that, or Juve gift it to them.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his jobby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City boss Nathan Jones has accepted he will likely lose his job this week.Jones was speaking after the Potters lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.He admitted: “If I’m not getting the results I expect the inevitable to happen. I’m not concerned. I was concerned after four days of taking the job, but I’m not concerned now.”The league table doesn’t lie after 10 games, we just haven’t been good enough. It’s a wonderful club and the fans and owners have given me lots of patience, but we’ve lost our way and something has to change.”I’ve had nine months to turn things around and, for one reason or another, I’ve not done it. It’s been tough on me and my family, but I just feel sad. It’s a great club but it just hasn’t worked out.”I couldn’t have given it any more, I’ve given it everything I can.”
Miley Cyrus has taken to twitter to support a new indy film that challenges censorship laws in the US.Miley Cyrus Free The NippleOn Wednesday (Dec. 11), the 21-year-old singer tweeted to support the Free the Nipple campaign by posting a photo of herself holding a large, fake nipple over her left eye. Miley, who is known for her edgy style is now speaking out on behalf of the film, FREE THE NIPPLE. The singer recently wore a provocative campaign t-shirt at an after party for Jingle Ball and has since tweeted several times to fans and with Cosmopolitan.Miley Cyrus Supports Free The Nipple CampaignOther celebrities like Kellan Lutz, Russell Simmons and Rumer Willis have shown support by tweeting as well.The film FREE THE NIPPLE poses the question “What is more obscene… A murder or a nipple?” The indy film comes from debut director, Lina Esco who wanted to challenge the backwards censorship laws in America. The controversial film, which stars Lola Kirke, Monique Coleman, Casey LaBow and Janeane Garofalo is based on the true events of two women who ignite a revolution to fight the backward censorship laws in America. The story explores why there is so much controversy over a woman’s nipple while an American child will see over 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on Network TV before they turn 18.In an ironic twist, the movie is facing NC-17 censorship from the MPAA, thus Miley and other celebrities have gotten on board to raise awareness and funds for the cause via www.fundanything.com/freethenipple.