P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 26 May 2015 06:15:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/23/german-woman-65-and-mother-of-13-has-quadruplets/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/23/german-woman-65-and-mother-of-13-has-quadruplets/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 11:41:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240229 Annegret Raunigk: mother of 17 and grandmother of seven

Annegret Raunigk: mother of 17 and grandmother of seven

Berlin (AFP) – A 65-year-old German woman, who is already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.

The three boys and one girl were born premature at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving,” the report said.

The mother, Berlin resident Annegret Raunigk, is an English and Russian teacher close to retirement and in addition to her 13 children is grandmother to seven.

RTL said the new arrivals make her the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

She became pregnant after undergoing several artificial insemination procedures in Ukraine, said RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the story of the births.

Raunigk made headlines in April when the German press first reported that her latest artificial insemination attempt had resulted in a quadruple pregnancy.

At the time, she said she decided to try to have another child because her youngest daughter, who is nine, wanted a little brother or sister, according to RTL.

The Bild am Sonntag tabloid quoted Raunigk, whose oldest daughter is reportedly 44, recalling that it was “a shock” when the doctors first broke the news to her of a quadruplet pregnancy.

“After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with.”

But she did not consider reducing the number of embryos and said she had no reservations about the challenge facing her.

“I’m not actually afraid. I simply assume I’ll remain healthy and fit. In matters of organisation I have enough experience, that’s not new for me,” she was quoted as saying in Bild.

Asked about moral doubts, RTL quoted her as asking: “How does one have to be at 65? One must apparently always fit some cliches which I find rather tiring.

“I think, one must decide that for oneself.”

Raunigk made headlines 10 years ago too, when she gave birth to her 13th child, Lelia, at the age of 55.

“At first, I only wanted one child,” Bild quoted her as saying at the time. “Not all were planned. But then things happen. I’m not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young.”

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Malawi sex workers to get damages over forced HIV tests http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/21/malawi-sex-workers-to-get-damages-over-forced-hiv-tests/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/21/malawi-sex-workers-to-get-damages-over-forced-hiv-tests/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:53:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240106 A lab technician works in the viral load room at the Thyolo District hospital in Malawi in November, 2014 ©Marco Longari (AFP)

A lab technician works in the viral load room at the Thyolo District hospital in Malawi in November, 2014 ©Marco Longari (AFP)

A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said Thursday citing a judgement.

The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent and the results were disclosed in an open court.

High court judge Dorothy Kamanga ordered that the prostitutes “should be compensated and file for compensation within 14 days,” according to the ruling handed down on Wednesday and read out to AFP by a court clerk.

The judge said actions by both police and health workers in subjecting the women to forced HIV tests, and disclosing their status without their consent, were “irrational, unjust, unfair and unreasonable.”

“The authorities took advantage of the women being in police custody to force them to undergo the tests,” she said.

The sex workers, who all tested positive for HIV and were set free after paying a fine equivalent to $7, sued the government for unfair action and violation of their privacy.

Chrispine Sibande, a lawyer who represented the plaintiffs, hailed the ruling as “a victory for sex workers who are usually abused every day.”

The group will have to launch a separate court action to claim the damages.

Health experts estimate that there are around 20,000 sex workers in Malawi.

Up to 10 percent of Malawi’s 15 million people are HIV-positive and 500,000 of them are receiving free life-saving anti-retroviral drugs.

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Netanyahu suspends plan to separate Palestinians, Israelis on same buses http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/20/netanyahu-suspends-plan-to-separate-palestinians-israelis-on-same-buses/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/20/netanyahu-suspends-plan-to-separate-palestinians-israelis-on-same-buses/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:23:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=239952 Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday ordered the suspension of a plan to separate Palestinian and Israeli passengers on buses travelling through the West Bank, few hours after the plan was put into effect.

Netanyahu ordered that the plan should be shelved after Palestinians and human rights groups said the move was ‘racist’ and amounted to apartheid.

He ordered the Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, to freeze the suspension.

However, the Israeli lawmakers had also slammed the move.

Yaalon said the three-month pilot plan, under which Palestinian travellers would not be allowed on buses being used by the Jewish settlers, was due to security reasons.

He said the decision was taken as a result of the demand made by the Yesha Council of Jewish settlements in the West Bank that they fear for their lives whenever Palestinians board their buses.

The opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, of the centre-left Labour Party said the plan was a stain on the face of the state and it was a miserable decision.

Under the plan, Palestinians working in Israel and who had entered into Israel would have been required to return to the West Bank through the military checkpoint and the new rules would have made their travel times significantly longer.

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Groom’s father kills bride, 5 others at wedding party http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/17/grooms-father-kills-bride-5-others-at-wedding-party/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/17/grooms-father-kills-bride-5-others-at-wedding-party/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 20:31:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=239675 Police line

Six persons were killed on Sunday when the groom’s father at a wedding in the northern Serbian town of Kanjiza, ran amok, killing the bride, her parents and several others.

After the shooting, which police said was triggered by a family feud, the shooter, 55, committed suicide with his hunting rifle. He was said to be opposed to the wedding: he did not like the bride.

Bride (R) shot by the groom's (L) father

Bride (R) shot by the groom’s (L) father

Serbia’s interior ministry in an e-mailed statement blamed “bad family relationships,” for the killer’s action.

The victims aged between 20 and 70 were family members of the bride and the groom, Belgrade-based newspaper Vecernje Novosti reported.

While police did not confirm how the shooter died, the newspaper said the drunk man killed himself.

*Photos from www.novosti.rs

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7 doctors get kidnap notice in Ekiti State http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/12/7-doctors-get-kidnap-notice-in-ekiti-state/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/12/7-doctors-get-kidnap-notice-in-ekiti-state/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 20:39:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=239201 Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday said seven doctors have received threats of kidnap from unknown gunmen.

This is coming barely one week after the former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun and a nurse with Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, were kidnapped.

Adegun was kidnapped alongside his wife, Kikelomo, a few metres to the gate of their house located on Goshen Avenue, Federal Housing in Ado Ekiti metropolis.

The Chairman of NMA in Ekiti state, Dr John Akinbote, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that the seven doctors received text messages from kidnappers, saying they could be picked up anytime.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Akure Zone, had also called for overhauling of the security chiefs in the State.

They hinged the call on ‘poor professional handling of the kidnap of a member of the association, Dr Femi Omisore of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ekiti state last week..

Omisore was kidnapped on May 6, while his driver Saheed was shot in the head and his vehicle set ablaze “for stressing the captors while being chased.”
NMA and ASUU said on Tuesday that the Police and the State Security Service had not been handling the matter in most professional way.

Zonal Cordinator of ASUU, Akure, Dr Alex Odiyia, appealed to Gov. Ayodele Fayose to get rid of hoodlums in the state.

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Italy better than Libya but Nigeria is worst – Nigerian mother http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/12/italy-better-than-libya-but-nigeria-is-worst-nigerian-mother/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/12/italy-better-than-libya-but-nigeria-is-worst-nigerian-mother/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 15:24:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=239181 This photo provided by the Italian Navy's Press Office Monday, May 4, 2015 shows a baby born on a navy vessel Sunday, May 3, 2015. The navy said a woman, in labor when rescued Sunday, gave birth to a girl aboard of its patrol ship 'Bettica'. Mother and daughter are fine, and the patrol boat, carrying 654 migrants who were saved in four different rescue operations, headed to port. (Italian Navy via AP)

This photo provided by the Italian Navy’s Press Office Monday, May 4, 2015 shows a baby born on a navy vessel Sunday, May 3, 2015. The navy said a woman, in labor when rescued Sunday, gave birth to a girl aboard of its patrol ship ‘Bettica’. Mother and daughter are fine, and the patrol boat, carrying 654 migrants who were saved in four different rescue operations, headed to port. (Italian Navy via AP)

RAGUSA, Italy (Reuters) A Nigerian who gave birth on a warship after the Italian navy rescued her from a migrant boat has said that “Italy is better than Libya and Nigeria is the worst.”

She told Reuters on Monday her new daughter would have a better life in Europe, explaining why she risked the dangerous voyage.

Francesca Marina, named after St. Francis and the Italian navy, was 3.37 kilos (7 pounds, 7 ounces) when she was delivered aboard the Bettica naval vessel in the Mediterranean a week ago. Once ashore, she suffered from seizures and was put in intensive care.

A week on, both Stephanie Samuel, the 24-year-old Nigerian mother, and Francesca Marina have recovered. Doctors at the Sicilian hospital said they would probably be transferred to an immigration centre for families with small children in a few days time.

The story of the migrant baby born aboard a navy ship captured international media attention at the end of one of the busiest weekends for sea crossings from Libya to Europe this year, in which about 6,800 were rescued and dozens are said to have drowned.

Samuel worked for two years in Tripoli as a housemaid to save money to pay smugglers for the trip, but then the boat she set off in with about 90 others stalled after only three hours at sea.

By the time they were picked up by the Bettica off the Libyan coast seven hours later, she was unconscious after suffering epileptic seizures and had gone into labour.

“I didn’t expect the baby, you know, but she just like, she just came,” Samuel said. “I just wanted to leave Libya. Italy is better than Libya and Nigeria is the worst.”

About her daughter, she said: “God decides, not me … but I believe she will have a more good future in Europe.”

So far this year more than 30,000 people have reached Italy by sea from North Africa, mostly Libya. More than 170,000 came last year. The Interior Ministry has said 200,000 might make it to Italy’s shores in 2015.

While many are political refugees like Syrians, fleeing civil war, or Eritreans, escaping forced military conscription, others like Samuel are economic migrants in search of a better life.

She said her husband, who is still working in Libya, was ready to risk the sea crossing to be with his daughter and wife as soon as he could afford to pay smugglers who demand up to $1,500 for passage on an overcrowded, rickety boat.

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Ten-year-old’s pregnancy sparks Paraguay abortion debate http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ten-year-olds-pregnancy-sparks-paraguay-abortion-debate/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ten-year-olds-pregnancy-sparks-paraguay-abortion-debate/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 08:08:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238909 paraguay

Asuncion (AFP) – A 10-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather and is now five months pregnant has become the focal point of a wrenching debate over abortion and child abuse in this conservative Catholic country.

Both houses of Paraguay’s Congress discussed her case this week, with opposition leftist parties calling for the decriminalization of abortion, which is banned except when the mother’s life is in danger.

Humanitarian organizations insist the girl’s life is in danger, citing her four-foot-six-inch (1.39 meter) frame and weight of only 75 pounds (34 kilos).

The government, the courts, the Catholic Church and other civic groups have been adamant, however, that her pregnancy not be terminated, in part because of its advanced state.

“The pregnancy will not be interrupted,” said Health Minister Antonio Barrios, the former personal physician of Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes. “We’ve already completely ruled out abortion.”

The girl, whose name has been withheld, is under medical care in a special ward for pregnant adolescents at Asuncion’s Red Cross Hospital, where she is the youngest of six girls who are either expecting or have already given birth.

Her doctors say she is doing well, and her pregnancy is progressing normally.

“She has no pain or complications,” said Dolores Castellanos, the doctor who heads the special section and who has been tasked by the health ministry with supervising the girl’s care.

– ‘Tiny’ and talkative –

Castellanos described the girl as “tiny,” talkative and friendly, and said she has gained weight as her pregnancy proceeds on a diet of proteins, iron and liquids.

But she acknowledged that her high blood pressure and low body weight pose risks, “as with all the others who conceive precociously.”

“We’ve had experience with this before. Last year a 10-year-old girl who conceived as a nine-year-old gave birth. Her step-grandfather raped her. She did well,” said Castellanos.

Indeed the case has cast a harsh light on the prevalence of adolescent pregnancies in this largely rural South American country.

UNICEF recently reported that two girls a day between the ages of 10 and 14 give birth in Paraguay.

Official statistics say that 20,000 adolescents 16 or older gave birth in 2014, most of them single mothers who will later be unable to continue their education.

– Mother under arrest –

In this case, the girl’s condition was not discovered until April 21 when her mother brought her to a public health clinic, believing she had a tumor.

The girl said she had been sexually abused by her stepfather, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez Zarate.

He is now at large and her mother, who worked in a school cafeteria, was arrested after authorities concluded that she had enabled her daughter’s abuse.

“This girl was always in the hands of that man because the woman would leave to go to work,” said prosecutor Monalisa Munoz. “She was at his mercy.”

The girl herself has been shielded from the swirling national debate.

“She’s not allowed to watch television,” said a source at the hospital.

Adolescent pregnancies are not only a problem in Paraguay.

UNICEF says that Latin America and the Caribbean have the second highest rate of adolescent pregnancies in the world.

In Uruguay, a similar debate has been sparked by the case of an 11-year-old who is four months pregnant and does not want an abortion. Uruguay limits abortion to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, or the first 14 weeks in cases of rape.

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Niger Evacuates 4,000 Nigerian Refugees From Lake Chad http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/06/niger-evacuates-4000-nigerian-refugees-from-lake-chad/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/06/niger-evacuates-4000-nigerian-refugees-from-lake-chad/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 14:44:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238600 Niger has evacuated thousands of Nigerian refugees sheltering from Boko Haram fighters on Lake Chad’s Karamga island, a military official told Reuters on Tuesday, as the armies of four west African nations battle to quash the Islamist militants.

A regional governor in southern Niger said last week that the refugees should leave after Boko Haram fighters killed scores of the country’s soldiers and civilians during a dawn ambush on the island on April 25.

The executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency in Yobe state, Idi Jidawa, said that 4,000 displaced Nigerians were in the process of being sent home.

Lake Chad’s islands, which lie in dense swampland, have been used by Boko Haram to mount surprise attacks on the bordering countries: Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

The group, which is fighting to create a caliphate in West Africa, has killed thousands and uprooted 1.5 million people from north eastern Nigeria, many of whom have found relative security in neighbouring countries including Chad and Cameroon.

The Nigerian refugees were already on their way back home and would arrive at the frontier town of Geidam in Yobe state on Wednesday, said Jidawa.

A Nigerian security official, who declined to be named, confirmed the news.

“Though NEMA (National Emergency Managament Agency) is in charge, we are assisting them in the exercise of profiling and documentation,” Jidawa said.

With the help of regional armies, Nigerian troops have cornered Boko Haram fighters into Sambisa Forest, where it has rescued nearly 700 women and children that the group had held captive.

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Pandemonium in Edo following discovery of grave inside classroom http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/05/pandemonium-in-edo-following-discovery-of-grave-inside-classroom/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/05/pandemonium-in-edo-following-discovery-of-grave-inside-classroom/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 19:29:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238500 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Grave in classroom

There was pandemonium at Iguodala Primary School, in Uhunduhun community of Oredo local government area of Edo State, on Monday, following the discovery of what looked like a grave inside one of the classrooms in the school.

The blood-stained grave allegedly discovered by one of the teachers and some pupils of the school shortly after the morning assembly, caused great stir and anxiety.

The pupils were said to have drawn the attention of the acting Head Mistress, Mrs. Georginia Ilongwo to the grave. She subsequently ordered the evacuation of the pupils from the affected classroom, and thereafter alerted officers from the Esigie Police Division.

She described the discovery as shocking, adding that, many parents had prevented their children and ward from going to school on Tuesday due to the fear of contracting infection.

“When I visited the scene, all the teachers were raising alarm and neighbours were trooping into the school compound. We called the attention of inspectors from the ministry, NUT chairman, PTA Chairman and the Odionwere of the community who told us to call the police.

“When the policemen came they said that they would assess the scene today (Tuesday). We were all surprised because since I started teaching here, I have not experienced such thing,” Mrs. Ilongwo said.

When journalists visited the school, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt were seen on the floor of the classroom.

Policemen from the Esigie Police Division were also at the scene, some of whom were said to have kept watch‎ from Monday night until an evacuation was carried out by some cemetery staff from local government council at about 11:40 am on Tuesday.

The cemetery staff were instructed by health officials from the council to stop exhumation, after digging three feet into the ground, saying that there was no sign that a corpse had been buried at the site.

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Woman throws mango at Venezuelan President, gets a home http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/03/woman-throws-mango-at-venezuelan-president-gets-a-home/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/03/woman-throws-mango-at-venezuelan-president-gets-a-home/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 01:46:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238215 President Nicolas Maduro

President Nicolas Maduro

A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela.

The 52-year old president was driving a bus through a crowd last weekend in the central state of Aragua when someone in the crowd tossed the fruit at him.

“It says: ‘If you can, call me’,” the former bus driver said later during the week, as he displayed the fruit with a name and phone number scrawled on it on television.

“Marleny Olivo had a problem with her house. (Officials) called her. She was scared. She couldn’t believe it was true. … I’ve approved an apartment for you, Marleny, as part of the ‘Grand Venezuelan Housing Mission’,” he added, vowing to eat the mango.

Venezuela’s ever ebullient cybersphere did not miss a beat, with the president’s populist gesture drawing admiration and derision, plus plenty of jokes.

“If for a mango they give you apartments, then you know what to do: throw him a pineapple!” quipped Dolar Today, a website that quotes the black market for dollars and is hated by Maduro.

Like his predecessor Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, Maduro collects heaps of petitions during trips, although most are scribbled on paper rather than hurled at him on fruit.

In a habit that delights many poor supporters but irritates critics, Maduro – like Chavez – often personally gives away homes, appliances or pensions to low-income Venezuelans.

However, lacking Chavez’s charm and good fortune with high oil prices, Maduro’s popularity has plummeted since he took office.

Roughly 28.2 per cent of Venezuelans approved of his management of the country in April, according to pollster Datanalisis. That was up from March’s 24.7 percent, likely due to his campaign against U.S. sanctions on seven government officials, but still nearly half the level when he became president.

The survey also said 45.8 percent plan to vote for opposition candidates in this year’s parliamentary election, while only 25 percent support the ruling Socialists.

Shortages of food and medicine caused by strict currency controls have taken a heavy toll, particularly the poor, who traditionally have supported “Chavismo.”

“A mango shortage is coming, let’s line up to throw them at Maduro and get a new house!” one Twitter user joked.

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Australian trafficker marries before Indonesia execution http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/27/australian-trafficker-marries-before-indonesia-execution/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/27/australian-trafficker-marries-before-indonesia-execution/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:02:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237636 Andrew Chan and Febyanti Herewila

Andrew Chan and Febyanti Herewila

An Australian drug trafficker married his girlfriend Monday on the Indonesian prison island where he is set to be executed soon, his brother said, urging the country’s president to show compassion to the newlyweds.

Andrew Chan, 31, married his Indonesian girlfriend Febyanti Herewila in a ceremony on Nusakambangan Island, home to several high-security prisons, his brother Michael said.

He could be put to death by firing squad as soon as Tuesday, along with seven other foreign drug convicts, after authorities at the weekend gave then formal notice of their executions.

“We’ve had a special day today,” Michael Chan said as he announced the marriage after returning from a visit to Nusakambangan. “We’ve celebrated with some family and close friends.

“Hopefully the president will show some compassion, some mercy, so these two young people can carry on with their lives.

“It’s in the president’s hands.”

Chan met his future wife several years ago when Herewila, a pastor, began helping inmates in the jail where the Australian was imprisoned.

Chan and fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran, both among the group facing imminent execution, are ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” heroin-smuggling gang and were sentenced to death in 2006.

Australia has mounted a diplomatic campaign to save the pair but President Joko Widodo has vowed there will be no clemency for drug traffickers on death row in Indonesia.

He says the country faces an emergency due to rising narcotics use.

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Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/25/bruce-jenner-comes-out-as-transgender/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/25/bruce-jenner-comes-out-as-transgender/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:53:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237400 Bruce Jenner: After transgender operation

Bruce Jenner: After transgender operation

US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as transgender on Friday, saying: “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”

In a highly anticipated, two-hour TV interview — hailed by transgender rights’ campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family — the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid.

“I’ve always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big,” he told ABC’s celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer.

“Here I am, stuck — and I hate the word — (a) girl stuck in a guy’s body … As of now I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff,” he said.

But asked point blank if he was a woman, Jenner said: “Yes. For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”

Bruce Jenner Photo: radaronline.com

Bruce Jenner
Photo: radaronline.com

Speculation that the actor, race-car enthusiast and 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist was undergoing a sex change has been rich fodder for supermarket tabloids for months.

Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt.

Jenner said he identifies himself as “her,” but not by a specific name. The ABC interviewer used “he” and “him” throughout, which the former Olympian was comfortable with.

He stressed the difference between gender identity and sexuality. “I am not gay,” Jenner said, adding: “I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. I’ve always been with a woman, raising kids.”

Just before making the long-expected announcement, Jenner symbolically let his hair down, physically.

Bruce Jenner: has he always looked like a woman?

Bruce Jenner: has he always looked like a woman?

“Let’s take the damn ponytail out,” he told Sawyer, smiling.

Born outside New York in October 1949, thrice-married Jenner became an American sports hero when he set a world record with his Montreal decathlon victory.

Leveraging his fame, he appeared on boxes of Wheaties, a popular American cereal known as “the breakfast of champions,” then tried his hand as a movie actor, with less than stellar results.

But it was through his marriage to the former Kris Kardashian that he once again became a household name in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in which he appeared as the sometimes bemused stepfather of her flamboyant daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.

He and Kris Kardashian have two daughters of their own, but they obtained a divorce in December, 14 months after separating — although he has been seen still wearing a wedding ring.

After the interview aired, Kim Kardashian tweeted: “Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter”

Jenner’s 89-year-old mother hailed her son’s announcement, comparing her pride to that when he won at the Olympics.

“I never thought I could be more proud of you. But I’m learning I can be.”

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group GLAAD welcomed Jenner’s announcement.

“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” GLAAD head Sarah Kate Ellis said.

“By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny.

“Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world,” she added.

Jenner’s son Brandon tweeted simply: “Proud son,” along with an Instagram picture of himself as a young boy perched on his smiling father’s shoulders.

Step-daughter Khloe Kardashian trumpeted: “Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I’m soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.”

Jenner, clearly relieved to have finally come clean, said: “I’m saying goodbye to people’s perceptions of me and who I am.

“I’m not saying goodbye to me because this has always been me.”

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Islamic college bans girls from athletics for fear of losing virginity http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/23/islamic-college-bans-girls-from-athletics-for-fear-of-losing-virginity/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/23/islamic-college-bans-girls-from-athletics-for-fear-of-losing-virginity/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:16:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237146 Victoria state Education Minister James Merlino

Victoria state Education Minister James Merlino

An Islamic college in Australia is under investigation after claims that its principal has banned girls from taking part in running competitions because they might “lose their virginity”.

Victoria state Education Minister James Merlino said Thursday that if true, the claims made by a former teacher at Melbourne’s Al-Taqwa College “would be very concerning”.

“I have asked the schools regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, to investigate,” he said in a statement.

The former teacher wrote to government ministers this week alleging “the principal (Omar Hallak) holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may ‘lose their virginity'”, The Age newspaper said.

“The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile.”

Hallak denied the allegations late Thursday in a statement and said girls were “encouraged to participate in all activities”, subject to parental consent.

“We do not believe that running excessively may cause female students to lose their virginity or that sporting injuries could render them infertile,” the statement added, according to the newspaper.

The statement did not directly address claims that girls from the college’s primary school had been blocked from taking part in some district events.

The Age published a letter that appeared to be written by the college’s cross-country team to Hallak challenging his decision to reportedly stop the primary school’s team from competing in events in 2013 and 2014.

“Just because we are girls doesn’t mean we can’t participate in running events,” the letter said, adding that the decision was “really offensive to all the girls that were going to participate”.

“It also doesn’t say that girls can’t run in the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed). As long as us girls are wearing appropriate clothes we can run.”

Al-Taqwa College is believed to be Victoria state’s largest Islamic school and had 1,701 students enrolled last year, according to government data.

The co-educational independent school takes in students up to 18 years old, and received more than Aus$15 million (US$11.6 million) in government funding in 2013.

It is not the first time Hallak has made headlines.

The principal told The Age last month that he had instructed students not to join Islamic State as the jihadist group was a plot by Israel and the United States to gain control of Middle Eastern oil.

“They are trained and equipped by them: (the) evidence is all the shiny new equipment,” Hallak was quoted as saying. “We don’t believe Muslims are creating IS.”

He added that killing innocent people was not “the Islamic way”.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne reportedly wrote to the school seeking an explanation for Hallak’s IS comments.

Australia has become increasingly concerned about “home-grown” IS-inspired extremists.

The country raised its threat level to “high” last September and has since carried out a series of counter-terrorism raids.

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Mexican girl returns home after mistakenly sent to US http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/23/mexican-girl-returns-home-after-mistakenly-sent-to-us/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/23/mexican-girl-returns-home-after-mistakenly-sent-to-us/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:47:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237119 Alondra Luna Nunez (M) reunited with her parents in Mexico

Alondra Luna Nunez (M) reunited with her parents in Mexico

A 14-year-old Mexican girl grabbed by police at school and sent to the United States in a case of mistaken identity was reunited with her parents Wednesday, a happy ending to a saga that captivated the country.

A video of the April 16 operation shows Alondra Luna Nunez screaming as officers shove her inside a police vehicle in the central state of Guanajuato before flying her to a woman in Texas who thought she was her daughter.

The images spread on social media and gripped Mexico.

But the teenager was finally back with her real parents after a DNA test proved on Monday that she was not the daughter of the woman in Texas.

“Ask me all the questions you want tomorrow. Right now, I want to be with my parents,” Luna said at the Guanajuato airport, where a crowd of journalists awaited her arrival.

Her parents did not rule out taking legal action against the officials and judge who ordered police to take Luna and fly her to Texas.

“I want to enjoy being with my daughter. Thank you all for supporting us,” her father Gustavo Luna told reporters.

“Right now, what I want is to speak with my daughter,” he said. “I think that all the authorities involved in this were wrong.”

Luna seemed to hold no grudge, saying she hoped the Texas woman, Dorotea Garcia, ended up finding her daughter. They spoke by phone.

“She told me to forgive her for everything she had done to us,” Luna told reporters.

– ‘Happy ending’ –

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the case dates back to 2007, when Mexican authorities received a request for the return of a minor whose father brought her to the country from the United States.

In March this year, US authorities told Mexican counterparts that the mother of the child had traveled to Guanajuato and had identified the girl as her daughter after an eight-year search.

A Mexican judge subsequently asked the international police organization, Interpol, for assistance to get the girl, even though her real family insisted it was a case of mistaken identity, the ministry said.

The DNA test showed that the woman who asked for the girl’s return was not her mother.

The woman, who has not seen her daughter for eight years, had thought that Luna had the same scar as her daughter between her eyebrows.

The foreign ministry stressed that it was “just acting as a facilitator” at the start of court proceedings and coordinated collaboration between US and Mexican authorities in the return of minors.

The governmental National Human Rights Commission has taken up the case.

Guanajuato’s Governor Miguel Marquez, who was at the airport, praised the girl’s courage during her ordeal.

“This has a happy ending. Fortunately, thank God, the family is reunited,” he said. “They didn’t lose their heads. They stayed calm.”

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HSBC sorry for website porn link http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/21/hsbc-sorry-for-website-porn-link/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/21/hsbc-sorry-for-website-porn-link/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:06:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236926 HSBC porn link Photo: scmp.com

HSBC porn link
Photo: scmp.com

Banking giant HSBC apologised for a website blunder on its Hong Kong page which directed unwitting visitors to a pornographic site, reports said Tuesday.

In a statement published on Monday, the bank said the link to the external website had been removed from its community projects page and made an apology.

“HSBC would like to apologise to the public for any inconvenience caused,” it said in the statement.

Video seen on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed the www.hsbc.com.hk website linking to a page that showed suggestive pictures of scantily clad women.

“It’s a new HSBC business,” Hong Konger Terry To commented jokingly on Apple Daily’s Facebook page.

The third party website for an obsolete community award, which was originally connected with the HSBC site, had expired and was taken over by a porn site, South China Morning Post reported.

The British bank added that it was not associated with the racy webpage “in any way”, adding that its website remains secure.

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Ado-Ekiti woman delivers twins after waiting for 14 years http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/20/ado-ekiti-woman-delivers-twins-after-waiting-for-14-years/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/20/ado-ekiti-woman-delivers-twins-after-waiting-for-14-years/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:01:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236841 Mrs. Roseline Akinsola> Photo credit: Facebook Page

Mrs. Roseline Akinsola> Photo credit: Facebook Page

Mrs Roseline Akinsola, 50, on Monday delivered a set of twins after 14 years of childlessness.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinsola, who works at the Ekiti State Christian Pilgrims Board, was full of praises to God for answering her prayers.

The mother of two girls, who weighed 4.2kg and 2.3kg, advised other couples in need of children not to lose hope.

Akinsola, who on her Facebook page, says she hails from Ilawe-Ekiti, in an interview with NAN, expressed gratitude to God for giving her the children after several years.

” I thank God for the new name he has given to me; before, I was being called “Iya Iyanu’’ without a child, but today, my name has changed to “Mummy Twins.’’

“Many of my colleagues, friends and neighbours mocked and sidelined me, but because I stood firm on the words of God, He answered my prayers.

Illustration: a set of twins

Illustration: a set of twins

“I thank my husband, who inspite of the troubles and problems from family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours still believe in me and God.

“He stood by me like a father in all ways and also believed in God all through the crisis. I also thank my siblings who stood by me in prayers for years.

“Let me thank God for all those who stood by me in prayers and encouraged me not to desist from serving God.

“These children are indeed signs that God never forgets his own people who diligently seek him and believe in his words, ” she said.

The father of the twins,Babatunde,49, also expressed gratitude to God for the children.

“We fast, pray and cry unto God for the fruits of the womb for years, but I am happy that today, God has finally fulfilled his promise to my family.

“I thank members of our church under the callings of Pastor and Mrs David Ajileye for their prayers and care for my family,’’ the happy father, who is also a civil servant, said.

Ajileye, who is the General Overseer of the Way of Life Bible Church, Ado-Ekiti, thanked God for his blessings in the lives of the couple.

“We have known the couple for over 15 years and they have been steadfast and faithful in serving God inspite of the challenges they were facing.

“For years, I and my wife have been praying to God to give the couple the fruit of the womb; I am so happy that the lord has answered their prayers.

“The church witnessed a similar miracle in 2013 when a couple, members of our church delivered a set of twins, a boy and a girl after 31 years of childlessness,’’ he said.

He advised the couple to teach and train the children in the ways of the lord.

NAN reports that the mother and the twins were in good health as at press time. (NAN)
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Man burns wife to death in ‘honour killing’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/19/man-burns-wife-to-death-in-honour-killing/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/19/man-burns-wife-to-death-in-honour-killing/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:05:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236734
A lady protests honour killing in Pakistan

A lady protests honour killing in Pakistan

A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country’s latest so-called “honour killing” after they set the son’s wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday.

Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said.

Siddique and his father then beat Bibi before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire in Central Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district on Friday, Azam said.

Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered repeated domestic abuse for the couple’s inability to have children, Azam said.

Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.

“We have arrested the husband and father-in-law of the deceased woman and charged them for murder and terrorism,” district police chief Rai Zameer-ul-Haq told AFP. The charge of “terrorism” is regularly applied in such cases so as to expedite the legal process.

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year through domestic violence or on the grounds of defending family “honour”.

The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve the lives of women in Pakistan’s conservative and patriarchal society, says more than 3,000 women have been killed in such attacks since 2008.

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FIFA World cup winner sold medal to buy cocaine http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/fifa-world-cup-winner-sold-medal-to-buy-cocaine/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/fifa-world-cup-winner-sold-medal-to-buy-cocaine/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:58:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236706
Paulo Cesar: in his playing days

Paulo Cesar: in his playing days

Former Brazil international Paulo Cesar has admitted he sold his World Cup winners medal from 1970 to buy cocaine.

“I wasn’t in control emotionally. I should never have negotiated and sold such a precious medal,” he told Globonews television station.

“It’s a huge loss. I’ve never told anyone but now I’m ready to admit it.”

The 65-year-old former midfielder added: “The most important thing for me was cocaine. The medal was less important.”

Paulo Cesar made his name at Rio de Janeiro outfit Botafogo in the 1960s before going on to play for other leading Brazilian lights Flamengo, Fluminense, Gremio, Vasco da Gama and Corinthians.

He said he was addicted to drugs and alcohol for 17 years and had lost three appartements in Rio because of it.

His addiction began in France when playing for Marseille in 1974-75.

He ended his career at Aix-en-Provence in 1982-83, where a doctor told him he would soon die if he didn’t change his ways.

He was an unused substitute in Brazil’s 4-1 victory over Italy in the final in Mexico City.

He had started in two of Brazil’s three group games and also made two other substitute appearances, although he did not feature in either the semi-final or final.

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WHO scientists investigate ‘mysterious deaths’ in Nigerian town http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/who-scientists-investigate-mysterious-deaths-in-nigerian-town/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/who-scientists-investigate-mysterious-deaths-in-nigerian-town/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:37:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236680 Oba Olanrewaju Lebi

Oba Olanrewaju Lebi

A “mysterious” disease that kills patients within 24 hours, said to have been inflicted by an angry ‘god’, has claimed at least 18 lives in a south western Nigerian town, the government said Saturday.

“Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded,” the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, told AFP.

The government spokesman for the state, Kayode Akinmade, earlier gave a toll of 17 dead.

“Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town,” Akinmade told AFP by telephone.

The disease, whose symptoms include headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, killed the victims within a day of falling ill, he said.

Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Akinmade said.

The World Health Organization meanwhile said it had information on 14 cases with at least 12 dead.

“Common symptoms were sudden blurred vision, headache, loss of consciousness followed by death, occurring within 24 hours,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP by email, adding that an investigation was ongoing.

Another WHO spokesman, Gregory Hartl, told AFP that according to a preliminary report, all those affected began showing symptoms between April 13 and 15.

Akinmade said health officials and experts from the government and aid agencies, as well as WHO epidemiologists, had arrived in Ode-Irele to search for answers.

The state’s health commissioner, Adeyanju, told AFP that he and his officials had gone on a “field visit with the WHO, UNICEF, NCDC (Nigerian Centre for Disease Control)”.

“This was basically a case search to unravel the cause (of the disease),” he said in a text message.

The WHO’s Jasarevic said blood and urine samples had been taken from two victims and cerebrospinal fluid from another.

One of the victims of the god's anger. Photo Eagleonline

One of the victims of the god’s anger. Photo Eagleonline

“All samples have been sent to Lagos University Teaching Hospital this morning, and results are still pending. Investigations are still ongoing,” he said.

As the WHO experts try to offer scientific explanation for the deaths, the town’s High Chief Moses Enimade, has linked the deaths to a sacrilege done to Molokun, god of the land.

Enimade, next in command to Oba Cornelius Olanrewaju-Lebi, debunked the rumour that the deaths were caused by strange disease or Ebola virus.

No fewer than 20 youths reportedly died of severe headaches and blindness in the town recently.

Enimade contended that some stubborn youths broke into the inner room of Molokun Shrine on April 15.

“Molokun is a deity of the land, only the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron are qualified to enter the shrine.’’

The chief said the youths entered the shrine and made away with traditional items in a bid to acquire extra-ordinary powers and engage in money ritual.

“They were not qualified to enter the room (shrine). They had to face death penalty’’; he emphasised.

“Because these youths want to be rich at all costs, they entered the sacred place and made away with traditional items and 20 of them have died as a result of their desperate acts,

“We have to appease the gods or else many will still die and we have to bury them according to tradition. Their corpses belong to the gods and will be exhumed if buried by their families.’’

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Strange deaths in Ondo town linked with anger of god http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/strange-deaths-in-ondo-town-linked-with-anger-of-god/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/strange-deaths-in-ondo-town-linked-with-anger-of-god/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:01:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236663 Oba Olanrewaju Lebi

Oba Olanrewaju Lebi

High Chief Moses Enimade, the Oyewoga of Ode Irele in Ondo State, has linked the recent death of 20 youths in the town to a sacrilege done to Molokun, god of the land.

Enimade, next in command to Oba Cornelius Olanrewaju-Lebi, debunked the rumour that the deaths were caused by strange disease or Ebola virus.

No fewer than 20 youths reportedly died of severe headaches and blindness in the town recently.

Enimade contended that some stubborn youths broke into the inner room of Molokun Shrine on April 15.

“Molokun is a deity of the land, only the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron are qualified to enter the shrine.’’

The chief said the youths entered the shrine and made away with traditional items in a bid to acquire extra-ordinary powers and engage in money ritual.

“They were not qualified to enter the room (shrine). They had to face death penalty’’; he emphasised.

The Oyewoga said it he could not remember the last time Malokun or any other gods had to strike like this in the area.

One of the victims of the god's anger. Photo Eagleonline

One of the victims of the god’s anger. Photo Eagleonline

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According to him, there is no community or town without its own culture and tradition; what happened in Irele is the judgement of the gods on stubborn youths.

“Even the Kabiesi himself is not permitted to enter the Molokun Shrine’s inner room except the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron. Sacrifice must be performed before they can enter.

“Because these youths want to be rich at all costs, they entered the sacred place and made away with traditional items and 20 of them have died as a result of their desperate acts,

“We have to appease the gods or else many will still die and we have to bury them according to tradition. Their corpses belong to the gods and will be exhumed if buried by their families.’’

He restated that the deaths were not caused by diseases or ebola as widely speculated.

“The death caused by Molokun is characterised by severe headache and blindness.

“Proverbs 29:1 in the Bible say: `he that had been reproved and hardened his neck shall suddenly be destroyed without remedy; so youths of nowadays must be careful’’’, Enimade said.

Some residents who spoke with NAN appealed to the chief priest to make necessary atonement to avert calamity in the town.

They said news of the deaths had given the town and state a bad name.

Mr Saheed Osuolale said he was afraid when the news broke.

Mrs Esther Bantefa said the news had given the town and the state a bad name adding that the chief priest should as a matter of urgency perform necessary rituals.

“Our people in Lagos and other towns called us to get information if it was Ebola outbreak’’, she said.

Mrs Tayo Akinyelure said parents should warn their children against going near shrines.

“Many youths do not believe in all these traditions and customs. It is high time parents warned their children against committing sacrilege’’, she said.

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