P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:27:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 2015: Dimeji Bankole throws money at commuters, Okada riders http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/2015-dimeji-bankole-throws-money-at-commuters-okada-riders/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/2015-dimeji-bankole-throws-money-at-commuters-okada-riders/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:45:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219599 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Dimeji Bankole

Dimeji Bankole

What could be described as a popularity test played itself out Thursday evening at Kuto roundabout, Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state when former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole was sighted throwing money out from his vehicle to Okada riders and some commuters standing at the park.

Our correspondent who arrived the scene of the action few minutes after the former number four citizens had left saw some of the Okada riders and commuters discussing the matter.

An eyewitness account reported that Bankole, whose posters for the position of governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have flooded most towns in the state was coming from Oke Mosan area in a convoy that was driving towards the GTB-Oke Ilewo road. His convoy was however stuck in a light gridlock around Kuto roundabout where he seized the opportunity to feel the pulse of the people.

“We were standing by the park around Kuto roundabout waiting for cab, then we saw a convoy coming from NNPC and heading towards our direction. It was the slight gridlock that occurred around that area that made us know that it was the former Speaker. We heard the blaring of siren but never thought he was the one because since he returned from Abuja, about three and half years ago, he has been going around quietly until lately.

“He was in a black Jeep, wearing a traditional attire of white guinea with white cap to match. When his car got to where Okada riders were, he wound down his glasses and when some of the boys sighted him, they started praising him and urging him to give them money. Some of the Okada riders ran in front of his convoy and instead of giving those boys their own share from the national cake, he decided to cause chaos around the place by throwing the money out. This immediately sparked a survival of the fittest contest, as people began scrambling for it.

Another eyewitness said: “He is throwing money all around because of the elections. Was he not the one that was once winding up all his vehicles? Padlocking all his gates with soldiers and policemen guarding it? Now that he needs the people again, he is deceiving them with N100 notes. Has he forgotten that Ogun is not Ekiti, where they believe in stomach structure,” the eyewitness said.

Most of the Okada riders who spoke with our correspondent revealed that they are collecting what rightly belongs to them but was in his custody, “Can you imagine the embarrassment? Some of our boys at the park who know him just saw him when he was trapped in the go-slow they went to him to salute him, maybe he was going to drop something for them.”

A woman, who was caught in the web of the action expressed disappointment at the former Speaker’s action, noting that, he did that deliberately to gauge how much the people like him.

According to the woman, who preferred to be identified as Mama Tubosun, she said, “I nearly collapsed following what just happened now. We were here waiting for a cab, when suddenly, I saw these Okada boys running and shouting, I thought something is happening. While we were trying to run inside the Metro bus park for safety, somebody just said, he has thrown it out. I nearly collapsed because I thought it was bomb they were referring to until I saw the boys pouncing on themselves scrambling for money.

Dimeji Bankole alongside other nine aspirants are jostling for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun state and political observers are of the opinion that if he is given the ticket, the party may pull a surprise in the governorship election in February 2015.

Other PDP governorship aspirants are: Abayomi Majekodunmi, Jelili Kayode Amusan, Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade, Gboyega
Nasir Isiaka, Engr. Anthony Ojesina, Prince Yanju Lipede, Omooba Segun Adewale, Rafiu Ogunleye and Remilekun Bakare, who defected from APC, Osoba camp to PDP recently.

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Rio unveils first nudist beach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/rio-unveils-first-nudist-beach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/rio-unveils-first-nudist-beach/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:17:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219382 Abrico Beach

Abrico Beach

It is a city where the locals have long enjoyed showing off a bit of bronzed flesh, but the people of Rio can now go all the way.

Abrico beach, an hour’s drive west of Rio’s center, was officially designated the Brazilian city’s first nudist site on Tuesday.

“This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the 2016 Olympic Games,” said nudist activist Paula Nogueira.

Last year, Nogueira and another activist, Ana Rios, organized a topless “protest” via Facebook to celebrate the start of summer — but only six women showed up at Ipanema beach near the city center.

Despite Brazil’s reputation for frivolity and sensuality, topless bathing — never mind nudity — is frowned upon by many.

“I have always found strange this puritan attitude in Brazil where you see naked women everywhere during carnival and on magazine covers — yet going topless on the beach is a crime,” Rios said during last year’s protest.

Claudio Hailuc, representing a group of Abrico naturists, welcomed Tuesday’s move.

“We’d been lacking security and respect for a long, long time,” he told Rio daily O Dia.

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8 Indian women die, dozens critical after mass sterilisation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/8-indian-women-die-dozens-critical-after-mass-sterilisation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/8-indian-women-die-dozens-critical-after-mass-sterilisation/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:51:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219272 File Photo: West Bengal mass sterilisation over 100 women-dumped unconscious field after operation Photo: ibtimes.com

File Photo: West Bengal mass sterilisation over 100 women-dumped unconscious field after operation
Photo: ibtimes.com

Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilisation programme designed to control the country’s billion-plus population went badly wrong.

More than 60 women are in hospital after suffering complications from the surgery over the weekend and 24 of them are seriously ill, authorities in the central state of Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

“Reports of a drop in pulse, vomiting and other ailments started pouring in on Monday from the women who underwent surgery,” said Sonmani Borah, the commissioner for Bilaspur district where the camp was held.

“Since Monday, eight women have died and 64 are in various hospitals,” he told AFP by telephone.

The government would investigate what went wrong, he added, as angry residents took to the streets of Bilaspur on Tuesday to demand immediate action against the doctors.

State governments in India frequently organise mass sterilisation camps under a national programme whereby women are given 1,400 rupees ($23) as an incentive to undergo the procedure.

Under pressure to meet targets, some local governments also offer other incentives such as cars and electrical goods to couples volunteering for sterilisation.

Although the surgery is voluntary, rights groups say the target-driven nature of the programme has led to women being coerced into being sterilised, often in inadequate medical facilities.

Last year, authorities in eastern India came under fire after a news channel unearthed footage showing scores of women dumped unconscious in a field following a mass sterilisation.

The women had all undergone the procedure at a hospital that local officials said was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.

The Indian Express daily said the surgeries in Chhattisgarh were carried out by one doctor and his assistant in around five hours.

“There was no negligence. He is a senior doctor. We will probe (the incident),” the chief medical officer of Bilaspur R.K. Bhange told the newspaper.

The medical superintendent of the main hospital in Bilaspur where many women were admitted said it was difficult to say what could have caused the deaths.

“It would be premature to speculate on the reasons for this tragedy. We are giving priority to treating the woman admitted here as their blood pressure has gone down,” Ramnesh Murthy told reporters late Monday.

“We will know the reasons only once the post-mortem is completed.”

A 2012 report by Human Rights Watch urged the government to set up an independent grievance redress system to allow people to report coercion and poor quality services at sterilisation centres.

It also said the government should prioritise training for male government workers to provide men with information and counselling about contraceptive choices, but despite the recommendations to the national government, problems persist on the ground.

India’s family planning programme has traditionally focused on women, and experts say that male sterilisation is still not accepted socially.

Government figures from 2008 shows that around one third of the 54 percent of the population that reported using any form of family planning opted for female sterilisation.

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Nigeria’s Reality show: The man who eats fire and mashed glass http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/nigerias-reality-show-the-man-who-eats-fire-and-mashed-glass/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/nigerias-reality-show-the-man-who-eats-fire-and-mashed-glass/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 08:22:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219073

The Fire eater of esure

The Fire eater of esure

On 8 November 2014, the people of Esure, Ijebu-Mushin in Ogun state marked the 28th Esure Etumora Day, a celebration of unity and togetherness in the town under the kingship of Oba(Dr) Kamoru Sansi.

The performer that wowed the revellers however was the man that dared the impossible: eating fire and mashed glasses. This is not magic, but a reality show.

We bring you the video by Emma Osodi

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Man disfigures girlfriend’s face in jealous rage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/man-disfigures-girlfriends-face-in-jealous-rage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/man-disfigures-girlfriends-face-in-jealous-rage/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:42:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217892 Police line

Taiwan police arrested a 79-year-old man after he sliced off his girlfriend’s nose, ears and lips and flushed them down the toilet, suspecting that she was cheating on him, officials said Thursday.

The man, identified only by his family name Huang, tied the 47-year-old woman to a bed in his home in central Changhua city and attacked her with a knife. He later flushed the body parts down the toilet before calling for an ambulance.

Police found a note written by Huang that said: “The thing I can’t have I will never allow others to easily obtain. I will end it in the bloodiest way.”

News of the brutal crime was splashed across front pages of several local dailies.

Huang, a wealthy landlord whose wife passed away last month, began dating the woman, a yoga instructor, six months ago but the relationship soured after she revealed having another suitor, police said.

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French man dies after drinking game http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/french-man-dies-after-drinking-game/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/french-man-dies-after-drinking-game/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:21:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217806 Police line

A man in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand has died of alcohol poisoning after knocking back 56 shooters in a drinking contest, local media reported on Wednesday.

The incident took place at the weekend in a bar, which challenged punters to down as many shot glasses of whisky, rum and other types of liquor as they could stomach.

The 57-year old victim’s intake beat the local record but his feat ended in tragedy a few hours later when he fell into a coma.

However, he was rushed to hospital where he died the next day.

According to the public prosecutor, the police are investigating the death, including the role of the bar manager, who could face manslaughter charges for serving such dangerous quantities of alcohol.

Report says extreme drinking games have claimed the lives of several people recently in Europe.

A game started on social media called NekNominate, which challenged people to “neck” or down a drink in one gulp, was linked to a handful of deaths from injury or alcohol poisoning in Britain and Ireland earlier this year.

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Dogs nab Nigerian after jumping White House fence http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dogs-nab-nigerian-after-jumping-white-house-fence/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dogs-nab-nigerian-after-jumping-white-house-fence/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217167 White House

White House

A suspect who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said.

“At approximately 7:16 pm (1116 GMT), an individual climbed the north fence line of the White House,” the spokesman said.

“The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers.”

The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand, near the US capital, the spokesman said.

“Charges are pending. Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.”

Video on local media appeared to show a man being intercepted by officers before he had a chance to reach the White House.

“The subject is being transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” the Secret Service spokesman added.

Dominic Adesanya: Instagram via Mega Don

Dominic Adesanya: Instagram via Mega Don

Adesanya’s father later told ABC 2 that his son had been arrested at the White House before and that he wanted to speak to the president about how people were out to get him. The father said that the family had tried to get him help.

Adesanya’s last post to Instagram on Tuesday showed an I Voted sticker captioned ‘Voted for this B #ImpeachObama.’
Other photos show him in action for Stevenson University in track and field, or showing off his physique in shirtless selfies.

It was reported that Adesanya also seemed to have an obsession with the Rothschild family, in particular Nathaniel Philip Rothschild, the British-born Swiss financier.

On a LinkedIn page with zero connections, in place of a job title, he describes himself as an ‘American Slave’ and rants about the Rothschild banking family.

“Still waiting for Nathaniel Philip Rothschild and his father; Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild-4th Baron Rothschild to let me go,” his profile states.

On September 19, another man, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the White House fence and allegedly sprinted across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.

Gonzalez has been indicted on two counts of “assaulting, resisting, or impeding” US Secret Service agents.

In jail since his arrest, Gonzalez is an Iraq veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is accused of entering the main door of the White House after sprinting across the presidential mansion’s lawn. The president and his family had left the White House only a short time before.

This and other security lapses sparked withering criticism of the Secret Service and led to the resignation of the head of the elite presidential protection agency.

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Australian convicted in child sex sting with virtual girl http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/22/australian-convicted-in-child-sex-sting-with-virtual-girl/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/22/australian-convicted-in-child-sex-sting-with-virtual-girl/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217031 The 10-year old Filipina called Sweetie

The 10-year old Filipina called Sweetie

An Australian man caught in a global sting to trap child sex predators using a virtual 10-year-old Filipina called Sweetie has been jailed, in what is thought to be the first conviction from the operation, reports said Wednesday.

Dutch rights groups Terre des Hommes said in November last year it had used a computer-generated Filipina girl — dubbed “Sweetie” — in Internet chat rooms to ensnare paedophiles.

Over a 10-week period more than 20,000 predators from 71 countries approached the virtual 10-year-old asking for webcam sex performances and that more than 1,000 paedophiles had been identified as a result.

The group has said that several offenders have since been arrested after the information was passed onto police, including in Australia, Poland and the United States.

Australian man Scott Robert Hansen is the first person to be convicted in the online sting which snared 46 Australians, news.com.au reported Wednesday.

Court officials said that 38-year-old Hansen had been sentenced on three charges, including using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person aged under 16, and possessing child exploitation material on Tuesday.

He was also charged with failing to comply with a sex offenders order.

“He was given a two-year sentence, suspended after 260 days he has already served in custody,” a court spokeswoman told AFP.

Terre des Hommes has said they did not approach anyone on the Internet but instead waited for people to approach Sweetie and ask for sex acts.

The rights group also stopped the conversation as soon as someone offered Sweetie money for sex acts.

Australian Federal Police are understood to have searched Hansen’s home following a web chat with “Sweetie” in which he was naked and masturbated, a spokesman for Terre des Hommes told news.com.au.

When the sting was revealed in 2013, Terres de Hommes said its researchers found the experience shocking.

“To put yourself in the shoes of a 10-year-old Filipina girl and seeing what some men want from you has been a shocking experience for them,” said its head of campaigns Hans Guyt.

“Some demands and acts were really obscene.”

The group said it wanted to raise the alarm about a largely unknown but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has tens of thousands of victims in the Philippines alone, known as webcam child sex tourism.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-the-naughty-wind/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-the-naughty-wind/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:20:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217015 The wind catches the coat-tails of Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) as she stands with her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2R) attending the ceremonial welcome ceremony for Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the start of a state visit at Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 21, 2014.

Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam began the first full day of engagements in the first state visit by a Singaporean president to Britain. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind

Catherine and Williams without the wind disturbing her poise

Catherine and Williams without the wind disturbing her poise

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Chaos as India marathon leaders miss turn, take the bus http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/chaos-as-india-marathon-leaders-miss-turn-take-the-bus/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/chaos-as-india-marathon-leaders-miss-turn-take-the-bus/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:42:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216722 A marathon ended in farce in India after the pilot car overshot a turn, forcing the top three runners to take a long detour before abandoning the race — and taking a bus to the finish line.

The leaders, who missed the U-turn at the 16 kilometre-mark (10 mile), ran four extra kilometres before officials finally stopped them and told them they had taken the wrong route, a newspaper reported Monday.

Realising they had no chance of recovering ground, the three abandoned the 42-kilometre race in the southern city of Bangalore on Sunday and borrowed money from spectators to take a bus to the finishing line.

“There were no officials on the road where we were supposed to take the U-turn,” one of the runners, Inderjit Patel, told the Times of India. “We were just following the pilot car.”

In the file: Photo: sodelhi.com

In the file:
Photo: sodelhi.com

“It was too late when we were told what had happened. There was no point continuing the race. I am not bothered about missing the prize money, but disappointed that we had to suffer this humiliation.”

Race organisers admitted the mistake and apologised. But there were other screw-ups in the race, which was flagged off by Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion distance runner Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia.

Runners had to line up at the start behind a row of heavy-set security guards who were slow to get out of the way when the flag went down, causing many competitors to trip over them.

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Indian footballer dies celebrating a goal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/indian-footballer-dies-celebrating-a-goal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/indian-footballer-dies-celebrating-a-goal/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:37:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216716  Peter Biaksangzuala: tragic somersault

Peter Biaksangzuala: tragic somersault

Footballers in the habit of somersaulting on the pitch after netting a goal need to read this: A young footballer has lost his life in India’s north-east after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday.

Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India’s eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said.

As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates jumped on him to celebrate before they realised the extent of the injury and summoned an stretcher to rush him to hospital.

Peter Biaksangzuala: in the hospital before his death

Peter Biaksangzuala: in the hospital before his death

Biaksangzuala died on Sunday after his condition deteriorated in hospital as doctors attempted to repair his damaged spine, the newspaper quoted hospital staff as saying.

Lal Hmar, a football official in Mizoram state, told reporters in capital Aizawl that the young footballer had donated his eyes before his death.

“Peter was a very talented player who dreamt of playing in the national league,” Hmar said. “His death has come as a big shock to all of us. We all thought he will recover.”

Hmar said the local association was planning to hold a charity match in Biaksangzuala’s memory.

Footballers are known to injure themselves while celebrating a goal, but there is no recorded instance of it causing a death.

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British family shocked at text from dead grandmother http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/british-family-shocked-at-text-from-dead-grandmother/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/british-family-shocked-at-text-from-dead-grandmother/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:40:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216340 Sheri Emerson and her uncle Graham received messages from 'beyond the grave'

Sheri Emerson and her uncle Graham received messages from ‘beyond the grave’

A British family were shocked to receive a text message apparently from their dead grandmother, who had been buried with her phone three years earlier.

Lesley Emerson died aged 59 in 2011, and was buried with some of her favourite things including her mobile phone.

Her granddaughter Sheri, 22, found comfort in continuing to sending text messages to her grandmother’s phone.

Sheri was stunned last week to get a reply reading “I’m watching over you.”

“I felt sick when I read it,” Sheri told the Shields Gazette. “I was in shock and didn’t know what to think.”

Her uncle rang the number and it emerged it was being used by a man, who believed the texts from Sheri were joke messages from friends.

The new user, and the phone company O2 which passed the number on to be re-assigned, have apologised.

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Fayose appoints SA for ‘stomach infrastructure’, others http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/fayose-appoints-sa-for-stomach-infrastructure-others/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/fayose-appoints-sa-for-stomach-infrastructure-others/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:29:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216324 Gbenro Adesina/Ado-Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose in handshake with Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji-Daramola

Governor Ayodele Fayose in handshake with Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji-Daramola

The new Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has appointed, the secretary to the state government, some special assistants, including one for ‘Stomach Infrastructure’

According to a press statement issued in Ado Ekiti today by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the appointments take immediate effect.

The appointed officers are: Dr Mrs. Modupe Alade as Secretary to the state Government, Owoseni Ajayi as Special Assistant on Legal Matters, Mr. Kayode Oso as Special Assistant on Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Sola Owoeye as Special Assistan on Protocol.

Others are Mrs. Sola Olowookere as Personal Assistant ( Abuja), Chief Toyin Ojo as Special Assistant on Finance, Mr. Sunday Anifowose as Personal Assistant on Special Duties and Stomach Infrastructure, Mr. Sunday Omosilade as Personal Assistant on Domestic Matters, Mr. Lere Olayinka as Special Assistant on Information and Social Media.

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Haitian risks jail over plane seat trouble http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/haitian-risks-jail-over-plane-seat-trouble/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/haitian-risks-jail-over-plane-seat-trouble/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:47:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215488 court of law

It was dubbed the legroom wars and now a Haitian man risks up to 20 years in a US prison for losing his cool when a passenger reclined a seat on a flight from Miami to Paris.

Edmond Alexandre, 60, was indicted Thursday in a federal court in Boston for interfering with crew members, which forced the diversion of the August 27 flight to the northeastern city.

Approximately two hours into American Airlines flight 62 from Miami to Paris, Alexandre allegedly argued with the passenger in front, who wanted to recline in the cramped confines of economy class.

When a crew member intervened, Alexandre is accused of chasing the attendant down the aisle and grabbing his arm, before being handcuffed by marshals.

The pilot diverted the plane to Boston’s Logan International Airport where Alexandre was arrested.

Although he is expected to receive a lighter sentence if found guilty, the crime is punishable under US law by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and three years supervised release.

His was the second of three cases within a nine-day period in August and September when passengers lost their temper over a reclining seat in economy class, forcing US passenger planes to divert.

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Woman lost in rainforest for 17 days survives http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/woman-lost-in-rainforest-for-17-days-survives/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/woman-lost-in-rainforest-for-17-days-survives/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:41:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215219 Shannon Fraser Photo: mirror.co.uk

Shannon Fraser
Photo: mirror.co.uk

A woman missing for more than two weeks in a rugged Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving a chase by a crocodile and eating small fish, officials and reports said Thursday.

Shannon Fraser, 30, went missing on September 21 near the remote Josephine Falls in Queensland state after becoming disorientated, wearing just leggings, a shirt and flip flops.

She was spotted by a banana farmer on Wednesday, covered in cuts, welts, bruises and insect bites, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.

“She’s lost lots of weight, she’s covered in cuts and scratches, but she’s in good spirits,” her brother Dylan Fraser told the newspaper.

Reports said she lost nearly 17 kilogrammes (37 pounds) during her ordeal.

The Courier-Mail said Fraser told her family that during her feat of survival she came face-to-face with a giant cassowary flightless bird, and got chased by a two-metre (6.5-feet) freshwater crocodile.

Police confirmed the mother-of-three had been found safe and well, and said they were surprised their search failed to find her.

“Can I say the methodologies that are employed in that search operation are tried and proven and extremely sound,” Inspector Rhys Newton told reporters.

“I am convinced that there was an extremely high probability of locating that missing person had she been in that area that we were searching.”

Her brother Dylan told national radio that his sister cried herself to sleep for 16 nights, but the thought of her children made her persevere each day to reach safety.

“She just stayed strong, and made it out,” he said.

Her partner Heath Cassady, who reported her missing and helped in the fruitless search effort, said he was overjoyed that she was back safely.

“Her whole body is scarred and peeling, she’s been through a lot,” he said.

“It is amazing she’s still alive.”

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Potato grows in woman’s vagina http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/08/potato-grows-in-womans-vagina/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/08/potato-grows-in-womans-vagina/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:53:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215087 Nurses in Colombia were shocked when they found potato growing in a woman’s vagina.

A 22-year-old woman had placed a potato in her private part after her mother told her it was a fail proof contraceptive method.

After experiencing pain in her abdominal area, the Columbian woman went to the local hospital to get help.

Potato roots in woman vagina

Potato roots in woman vagina

Embarrassed, she told nurses she put a potato into her vagina weeks earlier, because she was advised it would prevent pregnancy. According to Columbiareports.co, the potato germinated and grew roots.

The nurse who attended to the woman found the roots had visibly emerged from her vagina. The potato was eventually removed, non surgically.

Sex education is a taboo subject in the conservative Columbian community after families boycotted classes aimed at informing the youth on such topics.

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US court lifts gay wedding bans in more states http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/08/us-court-lifts-gay-wedding-bans-in-more-states/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/08/us-court-lifts-gay-wedding-bans-in-more-states/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:24:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215080 File Photo: Joan Rivers Officiates The Gay Wedding Of Joseph Aiello And William "Jed" Ryan In New York City

File Photo: Joan Rivers Officiates The Gay Wedding Of Joseph Aiello And William “Jed” Ryan In New York City

A US federal court swept away bans on same-sex marriage in up to five more US states Tuesday, bringing the number where gay weddings are permissible or likely soon will be to 35.

In the second piece of good news for same-sex marriage supporters in as many days, the appeals court handed down rulings covering Nevada and Idaho, but likely to also cover Alaska, Arizona and Montana which are under its jurisdiction.

Gay rights campaigners welcomed the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.

“At the end of the day, it shouldn’t matter what state you call home,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “All Americans deserve the right to marry the person they love.

In its ruling, a three-judge panel said: “Intentional discrimination on the basis of gender by state actors violates the Equal Protection Clause.

“Idaho and Nevada’s same-sex marriage proscriptions are sex based, and these bans do serve to preserve ‘invidious, archaic, and overbroad stereotypes’ concerning gender roles,” it noted.

“The bans therefore must fail as impermissible gender discrimination,” added the ruling, by a three-judge panel.

– Marriage-rights activists encouraged –

Though Alaska, Arizona and Montana are not directly covered by Tuesday’s ruling, all three have same-sex marriage bans in place and lie within the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Same-sex marriage campaigners said the ruling meant that 64 percent of Americans now live in states where gay couples can marry or will soon be able to.

“We hope that the other federal appellate courts will move swiftly to end the disparity and unfair denial that too many loving and committed couples in the 15 remaining states endure,” said Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry.

The HRC’s Warbelow added: “Today’s ruling .. affirms that the US Constitution doesn’t allow for states to pick and choose which of its citizens are entitled to certain rights, and which are not.”

The latest ruling came a day after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider — for now — a nationwide ruling on the divisive issue.

Gay Marriage

In a surprise move, the top US court snubbed appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin where state-level bans on gay marriage had been deemed unconstitutional.

Marriages in those five states had been on hold pending the court’s decision on whether to hear the cases. Campaigners said the ruling meant that same-sex couples in the five states will soon be able to legally marry.

Nineteen US states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality, after the Supreme Court last year ruled that under federal law, wedded same-sex couples were entitled to the same rights and privileges as heterosexual ones.

Speaking after Tuesday’s ruling, US Senate majority leader and Nevada state senator Harry Reid said: “This is a good day for Nevada as today’s decision puts us on the side of equality and the right side of history.

“As we move forward in Nevada, let us also continue to work to ensure the same rights are extended in the states that still deny gay and lesbian couples this right. We have much work to do to achieve this goal,” he added.

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US court ponders whether Muslim inmate can grow beard http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/us-court-ponders-whether-muslim-inmate-can-grow-beard/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/us-court-ponders-whether-muslim-inmate-can-grow-beard/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:05:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215058 Court

Court

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether Arkansas prison authorities can prevent inmates from growing beards over fears they might smuggle weapons or other items in their facial hair.

The case was brought by Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, who is serving a life sentence at an Arkansas prison after he was convicted of domestic violence.

Holt, who is Muslim, wants to be allowed to grow a 0.5-inch (1-centimeter) beard, which is longer than the 0.25-inch limit allowed.

Forty of the 50 US states, as well as the federal government and the District of Columbia, allow prisoners to sport a beard if their faith requires it, in accordance with the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which protects religious freedoms.

But in Arkansas, prison authorities say they worry a prisoner could disguise himself and hide dangerous or prohibited objects such as “homemade darts and other weapons” in a beard.

The Supreme Court judges appeared skeptical of the Arkansas concerns.

“How can you conceal something in a half-inch beard?” asked Justice Antonin Scalia.

Arkansas Deputy Attorney General David Curran replied that a prisoner could put a SIM card or a razor blade in such a beard.

“Give the prisoner a comb, if there’s anything in here … it would fall,” said Justice Samuel Alito, noting that it would be simpler for a prisoner just to conceal something in his head hair.

– ‘An exaggerated fear’ –

“There’s no example in a single state of hidden things,” Justice Stephen Breyer said. “It’s an exaggerated fear.”

Still, military authorities have ordered Nidal Hasan, a former army psychiatrist and Muslim convert, to shave his beard to comply with military regulations. Hasan was sentenced to death for killing 13 people in 2009 at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.

Scalia acknowledged that a beard would be a good way for Holt to change his appearance, but suggested taking a photo of him clean-shaven.

“If he escapes, he can shave off his beard,” Scalia said. “Let’s take a photograph before he grows his half-inch beard.”

Holt has received support from a number of religious and rights groups, and he also is backed by the federal government, which sees “religious discrimination” in the Arkansas rules.

Holt’s lawyer Douglas Laycock said his client was being reasonable in asking for a half-inch beard.

“The religion teaches a full beard, but it’s better than nothing,” Laycock said.

Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Holt, said that under federal law, “prison officials cannot impose unnecessary restrictions on religious liberty.

“While prisoners do surrender many rights at the jailhouse door, they do not surrender the fundamental right of conscience,” she added.

The nine Supreme Court judges, six of whom are Catholic and three Jewish, have recently voted in favor of religious freedoms.

One such case involves prayers being recited at the start of a city council meeting. Another is the Hobby Lobby case, when judges said the craft chain could refuse to include birth control coverage in its employee health plans on religious grounds.

In the Holt case, too, it appears that religious arguments will trump security concerns. The ruling is expected by June.

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Pastor who made followers eat grass, now gives them petrol http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/pastor-who-made-followers-eat-grass-now-gives-them-petrol/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/pastor-who-made-followers-eat-grass-now-gives-them-petrol/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:48:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214968 Pastor Lesego Daniel, holding his 'pine apple juice petrol'

Pastor Lesego Daniel, holding his ‘pine apple juice petrol’

Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Christ Ministries, in the South African capital of Pretoria is making his followers connect to God in bizarre ways.

First he got them to eat grass. Then he made them to eat flowers used in decorating the church.

Now he has them drinking petrol, with the congregants likening the petrol taste to ‘apple juice or pine apple juice’.

Daniel even walks on his congregation.

Is this the right way to God?

Watch the petrol drinking session here:

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Jailed British-Iranian woman begins hunger strike http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/06/jailed-british-iranian-woman-begins-hunger-strike/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/06/jailed-british-iranian-woman-begins-hunger-strike/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:58:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214845 Ghoncheh Ghavami

Ghoncheh Ghavami

A British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match has gone on hunger strike to mark her 100 days in custody, her mother said.

Ghoncheh Ghavami was arrested on June 20 near the Azadi (“Freedom” in Persian) stadium in the capital, where the national volleyball team was due to play Italy in a World League game.

She was released within hours but then rearrested a few days later. Iranian officials have since said that Ghavami, from London, was detained for security reasons unrelated to the volleyball match but no charges have been formally stated.

However, the 25-year old, a law graduate, has decided to stop eating as a protest, her mother said in an emotive Facebook post late Sunday, which outlined fears for her daughter’s health.

“Yesterday, I finally saw my Ghoncheh. She said she’s been on a hunger strike since Wednesday. God, I can’t breathe,” Susan Moshtaghian wrote.

“She said that she’s fed up with this 100 day uncertainty… I will not touch food either until the day that my Ghoncheh will break her hunger strike.”

Ghoncheh’s relatives have campaigned for her release on social media and have raised the case with Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The “Free Ghonche Ghavami” Facebook page features photographs of her against the slogan: “Jailed for wanting to watch a volleyball match.”

“It’s been a while that she has no more interrogations but her detention has not ended,” Moshtaghian wrote.

“God, you’ve been my witness, I have remained silent for 82 days so that my innocent daughter returns home.

“She hasn’t returned and now her life and health is in danger. I will no longer sit silently. God end this nightmare; give me strength to save the piece (sic) of my heart.”

In Sunday’s Facebook update, Ghavami’s mother said there had been attempts to dismiss her daughter’s lawyer, Alizadeh Tabatabaie, and to get her to accept new charges relating to her case.

Tabatabaie told AFP on Monday that he was barred from speaking to the foreign press.

Ghavami’s arrest came after female fans and even women journalists were told they would not be allowed to attend the volleyball match.

National police chief General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam said it was “not yet in the public interest” for men and women to attend such events together. “The police are applying the law,” he said.

Women are also banned from attending football matches in Iran, with officials saying this is to protect them from lewd behaviour among men.

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