Women Voices Publisher, Fiancé Arrested for US$33,000 Theft

first_imgThe proprietress and publisher of the Women Voices Newspaper, Madam Helen Gbeh Nah and her fiancé, Joshua Osadagbonyi, an IT Personnel at the United Bank of Africa (UBA) – Broad Street branch, have been arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) for alleged theft of US$33,199 from the Bank and are expected to appear in Court today.The Director of Press and Public Affairs of the LNP, Sam Collins, said Mr. Osadagbonyi and his fiancée, Madam Nah collectively used the money to purchase an A-1 printing machine for her company — Truly Yours, Inc. — the publishers of the Women Voices Newspaper. Mr. Collins told journalists in a press conference yesterday at the LNP headquarters that first defendant Osadagbonyi has been charged with the commission of “theft of property, money laundering and forgery.”He stated that second defendant Helen Gbeh Nah was duly charged with the commission of “theft of property, aiding and consummation of crime and criminal facilitation”, in violation of Chapters 15, 10 and 12 sections 15.51; 15.81; 15.70 12.5 and 10.2 respectively of the revised Penal Law of Liberia.“The two were arrested and informed of their Miranda Rights thorough investigations conducted as a result of complaints filed by Madam Majek Polorunsho, Executive Director and Archie Sheriff, Country Chief Inspector respectively of UBA-Liberia,” Mr. Collins said. “During the investigation, the two defendants were represented by Atty. Festus K. Nowon of Dugbor Law Firm. This marked their second arrest after the gathering of evidence and preparation of the Police Charge Sheet,” he said.He added: “Defendant Osadagbonyi confessed that he hacked into the Western Union platform and executed the fraudulent transaction and engaged some agents to withdraw the funds, totaling US$33,199.00 and deposited it in Helen’s account and said money including hers, totaled to 35,187.19 was sent to the USA for payment for printing equipment.”According to the Police Charge Sheet number 4906, defendant Osadagbonyi admitted his involvement to Police investigators. He claimed that he disabled the Western Union Server/Application and immediately activated an account with an unknown user he had created to transfer US$33,199 to various banks in Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria respectively.He told police investigators that he later used some individuals in the three countries to withdraw the money, which he later deposited, into Helen G. Nah’s account at the UBA.“In furtherance of his statement, defendant Osadagbonyi stated that during the fraudulent transaction, he was the sender as well as the receiver of the cash. “Defendant Osadagbonyi further revealed that when he received the US$33,199, he deposited same into Helen G. Nah’s account (004127956981) at UBA for the purpose of purchasing a printing machine from the United States,” according to the Police Charge Sheet.As for defendant Nah, according to the charge sheet, she chose to remain silent when she was asked with reference to her involvement or knowledge of the money that was credited to her account.The Police Charge Sheet further said investigations also uncovered huge deposits at another account owned and managed by defendant Nah, bearing account number 53030160005670.The Press Union of Liberia, represented at the press conference by its Vice President, Jallah Grayfield, has not yet commented on the arrest, charges and detention of the Women Voices publisher. Nah declares innocenceMeanwhile, from her jail cell, Ms. Nah disclaimed the report by the Liberia National Police linking her to crimes of theft of property and criminal facilitation.She described her arrest as a witch-hunt, principally intended to destroy her hard earned character she suffered to build over the years.According to her, the Truly Yours General Merchandise Business, which publishes the Women Voices Newspaper has an account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) and currently has in the account the amount of US$35,000. “We have all relevant receipts to proof our deposits made over the years,” she said. Having confirmed that Joshua is her friend, Nah said that she at no time conspired with him to steal from the bank.According to her, Joshua took advantage of the confidence she reposed in him to transact on her behalf at the bank since he was in the employ of UBA.She however says she has documents to prove that Joshua has begun paying back monies stolen from the bank, through the Monrovia City Court at the temple of Justice.‘Witch-hunt from higher-up’Ms. Nah also detailed that when she inquired why she was being arrested, she was informed by the officers who arrested her that the order to have her arrested came from the higher-up.She accused the LNP’s administration of going after her and was doing everything possible to implicate her in this saga due to a news story published by the Women Voices in which junior officers accused police authorities of misusing their Ebola allowances.After that publication, Helen indicated that she was invited to the Headquarters of the LNP for questioning, a situation that led to her being harassed and intimidated, and was later released after the intervention of the Press Union of Liberia and her legal counselor, Cllr. Syrenius Cephus.Since then, she said there has been a sour relationship between the LNP and the Women Voices management.She told reporters that she is prepared to face her accusers in court so as to exonerate herself of all charges levied against her by the UBA and the LNP. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Editors Can Learn From Cinematographers

first_imgPick up some great wisdom for your video editing career from these 88 professional cinematographers.Image credit: The Black and BlueThe Black and Blue is a fantastic website for aspiring cinematographers and working camera assistants. It’s chock full of fantastic filmmaking advice and the best free pocket camera guides on the web. In a recent article camera assistant Evan Luzi compiled this epic list of the best professional advice these 88 professional cinematographers ever received. The entire article is well worth a read, but I thought it would be useful to pull out a few choice nuggets of wisdom that are really applicable to everyone working in film….even video editors.Be a DiplomatPhoto credit: FlickrAs you read through the extensive list of quotes in the article, what really stands out to me is how important all of your ‘soft-skills’ are to building a successful career. You might be the most technically accomplished creative there is, but if you’re horrible to be around, then you really will struggle to find work.This thought from Bill Bennet ASC is a brilliant example of how to apply those diplomatic skills practically. It is a true as anywhere that diplomacy matters in the edit suite.“Never pass up the opportunity to keep your mouth shut!’ What they don’t tell you in cinematography training is that your job is 50 percent cinematography and 50 percent diplomacy. I’ve learned the hard way that when things go south, as they sometimes do, it’s best to pause and reflect on what’s happening and why before opening your mouth and blurting out what first comes to mind. No one remembers what you didn’t say, but they will certainly remember something you said in haste.” – Bill Bennett, ASCFor a little snippet of Bill Bennett in action check out this short extract from a masterclass he gave on lighting a car, with what he calls ‘liquid light’.Listen to Your GutImage credit: Wikimedia“The film business is like a prizefight: It’s not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it’s how many times you get up and go again.” – Sam NicholsonAs creative professionals there is one thing that makes you utterly unique in a very competitive industry and that is your gut instinct. But if you don’t make the most of these instincts, you’ll never be making the most of your most valuable asset.Obviously finding out which parts of your instincts are worth listening to takes time, experience, failure and the courage to try again. In the edit suite try to cut on instinct rather than on the rules in your head. Go with what feels right rather than if the continuity is perfectly aligned or your cutting appropriately through different shot sizes.“Have a clear vision, design and objective for every scene. Then, by lighting with your instincts along with your intention and setting your own level of excellence, you will find satisfaction.” – Rene Ohashi, ASC, CSCSmall Things Make a Big DifferencePhoto credit: williambrawley on FlickrLastly it is interesting to note how many small (but practical) things are the ‘best piece of professional advice’ some of these cinematographers have received – from things like being early, to getting enough sleep or eating a decent breakfast and wearing the right shoes.In the edit suite I think some of the smallest things that can make the biggest difference are things like turning around to talk to your director, being willing to try an idea (even if you already did and it didn’t work the first time) or things as tiny as always offering to make a cup of tea for a client.From my agent: ‘Be the happiest guy on set.’ He was right. – Frank B ByersFrom George Folsey Sr.: ‘Whenever you go into production, eat a good breakfast and sit down whenever you can.’ Good advice. – Peter Deming, ASCThe advice I got the first day I worked in the film business: Always be five minutes early to work, never five minutes late. But more importantly, live on the edge when it comes to your photography — take risks. Put your ideas on film and fall down a few times; it will make you a great filmmaker. – Salvatore Totinolast_img read more

5 Quick Tips: Mixing Audio for Film and Video Projects

first_imgCheck out these helpful tips on how you can get clean, clear, and professional audio in all of your film and video projects.In this video tutorial by The Film Look, we dive into some quick tips and tricks for working with audio on all types of film and video projects. As we learn in the video, working with audio can be a fun challenge to dive into, but one commonly overlooked aspect is the quality control of your final mixes.Let’s look at five quick tips to ensure the best possible audio mixes for your projects.1. Listen on the Best Speakers PossibleThis is great advice for a couple of reasons. One, the better your speaker setup, the more information you’ll actually hear. You might pick up things like dynamic range, small pops, or other nuances that you won’t get through your laptop speakers.The second reason is that you want to know for sure what your audio is going to sound like on all kinds of setups, so you need to listen from the very lowest to the very highest levels of quality.2. Invest in HeadphonesIf you talk to any audio engineer — film, video, or music — they will tell you that getting a quality set of headphones is an absolute must. As with the speakers, if you’re not using professional-grade equipment to review your audio, you’re losing valuable information. The guys in the video have some great recommendations, but if you’re looking for some more options, check out this list over at Shutterstock.3. Check on Different DevicesFor optimal results, you can’t just trust your export parameters. You need to do the field research yourself. This is the best way to make sure your audio sounds good across all media and a range of devices. Check them all.4. Find a Happy MediumThat being said, once you do check all your media, devices, and variables, you may find that your audio is low-quality on some and high-quality on others. If you can make it perfect, great, but often you’ll have to find a happy medium and make the best of it. 5. Volume ReferencingThis is a crucial trick for modern digital filmmaking. Volume-reference your project’s audio against the ideal medium you’re creating it for. For example, matching your audio output to Netflix or YouTube will give you the best empirical data if you hope to stream primarily through these services.For more audio recording tips and tricks, check out these resources.The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio9 Things You Should Check Before Recording AudioAudio Tip: How to Get Good Sound on Every BudgetHelpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsHow to Set Audio Levels for Videolast_img read more

How to Create Your Own Adversity

first_imgSome people think of adversity as something negative. They believe trying events or circumstances are something to be avoided as if that were even possible. Mistakenly, they believe that adversity is all bad, that it’s not good to have to struggle. Nothing could be further from the truth; adversity is what shapes you.Real adversity would be the lack of adversity. If nothing causes you to dig deep, to discover how powerful you are, and to overcome difficult circumstances, you never realize what kind of stuff you are really made of. If you are never required to exercise your intestinal fortitude, your courage, your willingness to trudge forward against unimaginable resistance, you don’t develop into the best version of yourself, the you that you are capable of becoming.Create AdversityWhen you don’t have enough adversity, you have to create it for yourself, lest you weaken, wither, and wilt away to something less than who you really are. You have to challenge yourself, stretch yourself, and take risks.If what you are doing right now is not allowing you to do the purposeful, meaningful work you were put here to do, then you have to create the adversity that comes with actually changing your life in ways that allow you to do what you put here to do. For most of us, this idea itself, and what it means for us, creates adversity.Are you comfortable where you are now? Are you happy? If this you are, you need new goals,new initiatives, and projects to go with them. If you aren’t petrified by what you write down as your goals, you are not manufacturing real adversity. If you believe you can easily accomplish your goals, you aren’t playing full out.Growth, development, and progress are vital human needs. We need something to push back against. If you aren’t challenged, you have to challenge yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What kind of adversity do you need right now?What is going to stretch you beyond your present capabilities?What is going to force you to grow?last_img read more

DRI raids yield meat, skins in Meerut

first_imgThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence conducted searches at national shooter Prashant Bishnoi’s house in Meerut on Saturday night. Leopard and black buck skins, 140 weapons, 50,000 cartridges and ₹1 crore in cash were among the items seized. Mr. Bishnoi is the son of Devendra Kumar, a former Army Colonel. A senior DRI official the search was in connection with a case of disproportionate assets. Police have detained four people for questioning. Antlers, bones, ivory, stuffed deer, sambhar and blackbuck and about 117 kilograms of meat, believed to be that of neelgai, were also seized from the house at Civil Lines here in the western U.P. town. The meat will be sent to labs in Dehradun for testing. No arms licenceThe DRI officials took more than 17 hours to finish the search operation, conducted jointly with the State wildlife and forest department officials and the police. Initially the officials were told by Prashant’s family that the cartridges were given to him by the government for practice. But they were unable to produce the licence. Sanjeev Kumar, a forest department official who was part of the search team, said Mr. Kumar was suspected of running a wildlife poaching racket with his son. “Foreign rifles and pistols were recovered. Licences of arms were not found. The team asked the retired Colonel about his son’s whereabouts, but he has not revealed much, he told the media. Search on for PrashantAs the searches were being conducted, Devendra Kumar told the media that he knew nothing about the alleged activities of his son as he stayed in Bareilly, where he ran a college. “He should be punished if he is engaged in illegal activities,” he told the media.No arrests have been made as yet. Police have been deployed outside Prashant’s house in Meerut. Several teams have been formed to look for the shooter, who is allegedly absconding.last_img read more

ONE: Suzuki makes quick work of PH’s Pacio

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Suzuki had early control of the match and eventually slapped a rear-naked choke on Pacio as the Filipino tapped out 3:17 into the first round.Pacio was supposed to vie for the title once more, after losing his first championship match against Yoshitaka Naito, in the event of a win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hayato Suzuki vs Joshua Pacio. in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Hayato Suzuki derailed Joshua Pacio’s title aspirations after scoring a quick victory in their strawweight clash in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese is still undefeated and improved to 17-0-2 while Pacio slipped to 9-2 and his second loss in three fights.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more