P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 University teacher, 55, left naked by student girlfriend http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/university-teacher-55-left-naked-by-student-girlfriend/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/university-teacher-55-left-naked-by-student-girlfriend/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:26:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226066 Taisho University, Sugamo Campus

Taisho University, Sugamo Campus

A 55-year-old Japanese university teacher stripped naked on campus in a bid to prove his love for a 21-year-old student, the school said Tuesday, only for his young amour to make off with his clothes.

The older man, who taught computer sciences at Tokyo’s Taisho University, was left in the buff after de-robing in public at his live-in lover’s request.

The teacher, who was not named, told officials his girlfriend had ordered him to “take off your clothes right there if you want me to trust you”.

But after stripping to demonstrate his dependability, his beau — who was said to be “emotionally unstable” at times — picked up his clothes and ran off.

“I apologise that what I did, which I did to protect my loved one, resulted in such a situation,” the chastened lecturer later told his students.

“The instructor acted to assuage the woman’s insecure feelings but admitted it was an extremely careless thing to do. He expressed his intention to resign,” the school said in a statement.

The student was later located and the teacher’s clothes were returned to him, local media reported, adding that the pair then went home together.

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Brunei bans Christmas celebrations http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/brunei-bans-christmas-celebrations/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/brunei-bans-christmas-celebrations/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:50:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225478 Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah

Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah

Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, its religious affairs ministry said Thursday, in a country that last year controversially instituted tough Islamic sharia penalties.

The ban, instituted after Christmas last month when local children and adults were seen wearing clothes “that resemble Santa Claus”, raises fresh concerns of religious restrictions after last April’s announcement of the introduction of a penal code that will eventually include penalties such as the severing of limbs and death by stoning.

A spokesman declined to comment directly on the ban, but referred to a December 27 statement in which the ministry said the act of publicly marking non-Islamic rituals or festivities “can be seen as propagations of religions other than Islam.”

It noted in particular: “For example, in conjunction with Christmas celebrations, Muslim children, teenagers and adults can be seen wearing hats or clothes that resemble Santa Claus.”

“Believers of other religions that live under the rule of an Islamic country — according to Islam — may practice their religion or celebrate their religious festivities among their community, with the condition that the celebrations are not disclosed or displayed publicly to Muslims,” the statement said.

“Muslims should be careful not to follow celebrations such as these that are not in any way related to Islam… and could unknowingly damage the faith of Muslims.”

The statement also said that businesses that publicly displayed Christmas decorations were asked to take them down and had given their “full cooperation”.

The latest move comes after Brunei’s all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced in April that he would push ahead with the introduction of a new criminal code which sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler as well as international condemnation.

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Nine Japanese choke to death gobbling New year delicacies http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/nine-japanese-choke-to-death-gobbling-new-year-delicacies/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/nine-japanese-choke-to-death-gobbling-new-year-delicacies/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 06:57:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224949 Nine persons have choked to death in Japan after eating traditional glutinous “mochi” rice cakes to celebrate the New Year, an official and local media said Sunday.

In Tokyo alone, 18 people were sent to hospital due to suffocation after eating the New Year delicacy, and three of them died, a fire department official said.

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said the death toll from rice cake accidents reached nine by Friday across the nation and 13 others were in a serious condition.

During the New Year period, one of Japan’s biggest holidays, families traditionally cook “ozouni” soup and put the sticky rice cakes in the vegetable broth.

The fire department is advising people, especially the elderly and infants, to cut mochi into small pieces before eating it.

Every year, several Japanese die after choking on rice cakes.

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Maasai kill six lions after livestock attack http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/maasai-kill-six-lions-after-livestock-attack/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/maasai-kill-six-lions-after-livestock-attack/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:28:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224750 Maasai

Angry Maasai herders in Tanzania killed six lions that had attacked livestock, in the latest clash between man and beast in the region.

The government said it was “saddened to learn that six lions, an endangered species” were killed overnight Thursday in the northern Babati District, adding it would attempt to identify and prosecute those responsible.

Authorities said the big cats, which attacked donkeys in a stable, likely came from Tarangire National Park, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) away.

After learning of the attack, the Maasai, who were armed with bows and arrows and at least one gun, took revenge on the lions. Four tribesman were injured while confronting the beasts.

Lion attacks on livestock have become more frequent in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya, where people and wildlife are increasingly living side by side.

Residents have responded by launching vigilante operations against the felines.

In 2012, people living near the Kenyan capital Nairobi used spears to kill six lions and a cub that attacked goats in a nearby village after wandering out of a national park.

Though lions come into conflict with humans, they are also part of a rich local wildlife that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists every year and is essential to the local economy.

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Eight killed in Canada ‘senseless mass murder’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/eight-killed-in-canada-senseless-mass-murder/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/eight-killed-in-canada-senseless-mass-murder/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:51:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224588 MONTREAL (AFP) – Police investigated Tuesday the “senseless mass murder” of six adults and two children in western Canada who were apparently slain by a depressed man who then killed himself.

The killings began late Monday in the southern part of Edmonton, a city of nearly one million people in Alberta province, where a man shot to death a woman in her 30s then fled, said the city’s Police Chief Rod Knecht.

The suspected killer, whose relatives said was suicidal, then headed to a residence in the north of the city, where he killed another seven people — three women, two men, a girl and a boy.

The names and ages of the victims and their killer were not immediately released.

Police who were investigating reports of a “suicidal male” had first gone to inspect the second house late Monday.

After an initial unsuccessful patrol, officers went back, forced their way in and discovered the bodies of the seven victims.

The body of the suspected killer was found early Tuesday in a Vietnamese restaurant in Fort Saskatchewan, a northeastern suburb of Edmonton, after committing suicide.

A woman told the Edmonton Journal newspaper that she had heard noises outside the restaurant.

She looked and saw several police officers, one of whom yelled through a megaphone for someone in the restaurant to “Come out with your hands up!”

Detectives went on to find a dead man inside and quickly identified him as the suspected killer. He was not identified publicly.

Knecht stressed that the public was not at any risk.

“This series of events are not believed to be random acts,” he said at a news conference.

“And these events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence.”

Knecht added that “our thoughts go out to the community… with this senseless mass murder.”

According to witnesses cited by the Edmonton Journal, the owner of the house where the seven bodies were found in north Edmonton had been having financial difficulties and has an ex-wife who owns a restaurant in Fort Saskatchewan.

The police chief said it was Edmonton’s worst ever mass killing. In 1956, six people were slain in a tragic incident.

Mass killings and gun crime are relatively rare in Canada compared to the neighboring United States, where gun ownership is much more widespread.

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Two-year-old in US accidentally kills mother http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/two-year-old-in-us-accidentally-kills-mother/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/two-year-old-in-us-accidentally-kills-mother/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:00:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224583 Police line logo

A two-year-old boy on Tuesday accidentally shot and killed his mother in a Walmart store after taking a gun from her purse, police said.

The shooting took place in the store in Hayden, Idaho, where a woman was shopping with her children and other family members.

“Once on scene, deputies found a 29-year-old victim was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,” Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said in a statement.

“Her son was seated in the shopping cart and accessed the victim’s concealed weapon from her purse and discharged it, striking the victim,” he added, noting that the shooting appeared to be accidental.

Sources told a local television station that the woman, who was spending the holidays in the area, had a concealed weapons permit.

“A very sad incident occurred at our store today involving the death of a female customer,” the local Walmart store said in a statement.

“We are fully cooperating with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies as they investigate this matter.”

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Trader arrested for gruesome murder of Austria-based lover http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/trader-arrested-for-gruesome-murder-of-austria-based-lover/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/trader-arrested-for-gruesome-murder-of-austria-based-lover/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:21:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224214
Jethro Ibileke/Benin


Festus Aimufua. Photo from his FaceBook page

Festus Aimufua. Photo from his FaceBook page

A Nigerian spare parts trader based in Benin City, Festus Aimufua, has been detained by Edo state police command for allegedly murdering his middle-aged Austrian-based lover, Rose Aifuwa‎, who returned home for the Christmas and New Year holiday.

The late Rose allegedly met her death on Christmas eve in the hands of the suspect when she went to demand for the redemption of debt running into millions of naira from the sale of goods she imported for him.

The suspect who resided at Upper Mission road by Aduwawa, in Ikpoba Okha local government area of the state, was said to have murdered the deceased at her residence located on Lucky Way in Benin,‎ during a heated argument.

It was gathered that Rose Aifuwa’s body was later found at the busy Upper Mission junction with several deep cuts and bruises.

Nemesis was said to have caught up with the suspect after he reported the incident to the Ikpoba Hill Police Division, claiming to have killed the deceased by accident. He was promptly apprehended by men of the division.

A resident of the area who alleged that she woke up on Christmas day to find the corpse of the woman, told journalists on condition of anonymity that the deceased was dragged on the floor of a tarred road for about 400 metres, tied to the back of a bus.

“I didn’t open my shop on that day because it was Christmas day. But when I came out that morning, I saw people shouting. So, I quickly rushed to the spot where I saw a dead woman with deeps cuts everywhere.

“‎The woman looked like someone who was not living in Nigeria.‎ I thought she was a victim of ritualists but I heard people saying that she was killed by her boyfriend who tied her to his bus and dragged her from her house in Lucky Way to the junction.

“I really felt bad because she had a hole in her back and her intestines came out because of how she was dragged and I could not even looked at the face of her brother who came to buy something this morning (Saturday) because he was very angry”, he said.

The junction where Rose's body was found

The junction where Rose’s body was found

Another resident who also did not want his name in print, described the murder of the deceased as barbaric, faulted claims by the suspect that the deceased fell from a moving bus.

“I think the police should not believe that because there were cuts in her body as if she was butchered. It is evil for someone to kill another who came back home to ‎celebrate the Christmas with her family,” he said.

Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Joseph Edoigiawerie, who confirmed the incident‎ on telephone, said the case has been reported by a relation of the deceased and would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.

“A case of murder was reported by one Elvis Omokhojie, that his sister, named Rose Aifuwa, was found lying down on Upper Mission extension junction, Aduwawa in Benin City, and the cause of death unknown.

“We have been to the scene of incident and taken the corpse to the mortuary.

“Our investigation led to the arrest of the man friend or lover because according to the report, he (the suspect) was last s‎een with her,” he said.

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Egypt writer queries ram killing at Eid al-Adha, faces charge http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/egypt-writer-queries-ram-killing-at-eid-al-adha-faces-charge/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/egypt-writer-queries-ram-killing-at-eid-al-adha-faces-charge/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:54:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224206 Fatima Naoot, in trouble for questioning slaughtering of ram at Eid al Adha

Fatima Naoot, in trouble for questioning slaughtering of ram at Eid al Adha

Egypt’s prosecutor has referred a female writer to trial for allegedly insulting Islam by criticising the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said on Saturday.

“Happy massacre,” Fatima Naoot wrote on her Facebook page in October during Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice.

Animals are slaughtered during Eid to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to fulfil God’s command to sacrifice his own son, although in the end God provided him with a sheep.

“Massacre committed by men over the past 10 centuries and followed by men each year with a smile,” Naoot wrote at the time.

“Annual massacre observed because of a nightmare of one (prophet) about his son… ,” she wrote in Arabic.

“Although the nightmare has passed for the prophet and his son, each year helpless animals pay with their lives the price of this sacred nightmare.”

Naoot, who is Muslim, deleted her posts from Facebook after controversy erupted about them.

Ram killing during Muslim festival

Ram killing during Muslim festival

But a judicial official said on Saturday that she admitted during questioning that she had written them.

The 50-year-old columnist denied she had any intention to insult Islam, the official told AFP, adding she had also been charged with “making fun of the right to sacrifice”.

“It is the price paid by those who carry torches of enlightenment at every age,” Naoot wrote on Friday after having been informed of her trial which is due to start on January 28.

She said that in October she had posted messages on Facebook to congratulate Muslims for Eid al-Adha but “urged them to respect the offering and not humiliate it by flooding the ground with animal blood”.

Egypt’s constitution outlaws insults against the three monotheist religions recognised by the state — Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Earlier this year a female Coptic teacher was jailed for six months after parents of her students accused her of evangelising and insulting Islam.

In June, in a separate case a Coptic Christian man was sentenced to six years in jail for insulting Islam.

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Topless woman who grabbed Vatican Nativity Jesus released http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/topless-woman-who-grabbed-vatican-nativity-jesus-released/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/topless-woman-who-grabbed-vatican-nativity-jesus-released/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:11:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224173 File Photo: another Femen activist Inna Shevchenko topless at St. Peter's Square: being pursued by Vatican policeman

File Photo: another Femen activist Inna Shevchenko topless at St. Peter’s Square: being pursued by Vatican policeman

Vatican authorities on Saturday ordered the release of a Femen activist detained after snatching a baby Jesus figurine from the St Peter’s Square Nativity scene on Christmas Day while baring her breasts.

Ukrainian #IanaAzhdanova was arrested and taken into custody on Thursday after she snatched the figurine in one of the feminist group’s trademark topless protests.

She had faced possible trial in Vatican City for “disturbing the peace, obscene acts in a public place, and theft.”

The judicial authorities in the papal micro state opted instead to ban her from the Vatican and Church properties elsewhere.

“The promoter of justice (Vatican attorney) met this morning with the lady Iana Azhdanova,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

“He endorsed the arrest made by the police on Christmas Day for the crimes which she had contested. He ordered her release, while intimating a ban on entering Vatican City, the Basilica (of St Peter’s) and other extraterritorial places,” Lombardi said, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

Lombardi had said on Friday that the Vatican regarded the Femen protest as “extremely serious due to the setting and circumstances that intentionally offend the religious sentiments of a very large number of people.”

While Azhdanova was released, Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio, who was arrested Friday for scaling the facade of St Peter’s, remained in detention on Saturday pending interrogation by a magistrate.

Di Finizio was protesting over new EU rules governing tenders for beach concessions, which he fears could threaten his business on the northeastern coast.

VATICAN CITY, December 27, 2014 (AFP)

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British couple, parents of 2 disabled kids, commit suicide http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/british-couple-parents-of-2-disabled-kids-commit-suicide/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/british-couple-parents-of-2-disabled-kids-commit-suicide/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:11:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224162 Jan and Julia Tshabalala: The suicide couple and their West Sussex home

Jan and Julia Tshabalala: The suicide couple and their West Sussex home

A British couple have been found dead at their home, in Billingshurst, West Sussex, in an apparent suicide pact.

The couple were said to have had a Christmas dinner with their two disabled children before killing themselves, friends said.

Julia and Jan Tshabalala had their family meal a day early on Christmas Eve, then sent their two young children to stay with relatives.

The next morning they were found dead, the Daily Mail reported today.

Neighbours said they had seemed to be a ‘nice happy family’. The couple’s daughter, Serena, had cerebral palsy, although she did not need a wheelchair, while their son, Junior, had learning difficulties.

Police visited the rented £150,000 home on Christmas Day after a relative went to the house just after 9am.

He apparently looked through a window and saw Jan, 33, who worked as a carer, hanging in a room. His wife Julia, in her 30s, was also dead inside.

Yesterday, the couple’s white Kia 4×4 was outside their home, and a police officer was seen feeding the family’s pet rabbits.

Their children, thought to be aged between four and seven, go to a local school specialising in learning difficulties.

The couple were both declared dead at the scene. Sussex Police said post-mortem examinations will be carried out and it was not clear whether Mrs Tshabalala suffered injuries or was suffocated.

Police sealed off the house but declined to reveal if suicide notes had been found, saying: ‘Officers are working to establish the circumstances of the death but are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.’

*Read more @http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887735/Husband-wife-two-young-children-died-Christmas-morning-suicide-pact-deep-financial-trouble.html

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Hippo jumps from moving truck in Taiwan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/hippo-jumps-from-moving-truck-in-taiwan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/hippo-jumps-from-moving-truck-in-taiwan/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:26:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224142 TAIWAN-ANIMAL-HIPPO

A hippo that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report spotting a dinosaur on the loose.

Television footage showed the enormous animal lying on the road with a white fluid oozing from its eyes after it jumped through a truck window and landed on a parked car before falling onto the road on Friday.

The sound of the collision startled people nearby who flocked to see the animal and contacted the police in central Miaoli county.

One woman was quoted by the United Daily News as saying that she ran out of her house after hearing the crash and thought she saw “a dinosaur” lying on the road.

The truck driver was quoted by the newspaper as saying that he saw the hippo “flying out” of the vehicle after getting spooked during the drive.

The injured animal, named “A Ho” after the Chinese name for hippo Ho Ma, lay on the road for a few hours before being put into a cargo container and taken back to its farm in central Taichung city, officials said.

Taiwanese authorities said Saturday that the animal’s owner could face a fine of up to Tw$75,000 (US$2,400) for violating animal protection laws after the hippo suffered a broken leg and damage to its teeth.

Local media said the hippo was a star attraction at its farm and had even appeared in a popular television soap opera several years ago.

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‘Christmas baby’ born on Philadelphia subway http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/christmas-baby-born-on-philadelphia-subway/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/christmas-baby-born-on-philadelphia-subway/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:45:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224085 Philadelphia

A woman in Philadelphia got an unexpected holiday surprise on the subway when she went into labor, delivering a healthy child dubbed the “Christmas baby.”

The woman was on a train Thursday in central Philadelphia in the US state Pennsylvania when her water broke.

Two transit police officers were urgently called to the train as the woman went into labor.

The officers helped the woman deliver as fellow passengers looked on, and one transit worker was photographed leaving the train with the baby wrapped in clothes.

Sargent Daniel Caban said he was hoping for a quiet day on the job, but the delivery was a “pleasant” surprise.

“I was just praying for the medics to come in and take over,” he told an NBC station.

“This was just a blessing, during the holidays, a Christmas baby.”

His colleague Darrell James said the birth made for a great Christmas.

“Everything just happened so quick but it was amazing… the mother wanted to hold the baby, the father offered the shirt off his back to warm the baby up,” he said.

“This is the best Christmas I ever had.”

The mother and child were immediately taken to hospital and are doing well.

The officers have also recovered from the emotional experience.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority chief Thomas J. Nestel III applauded the officers, posting a picture of the two men on Twitter.

“WOOHOO!!! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!” he tweeted after the delivery.

He said the child, the subway’s newest rider, was not charged a fare.

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Jacob Zuma denies marrying fifth wife http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/24/jacob-zuma-denies-marrying-fifth-wife/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/24/jacob-zuma-denies-marrying-fifth-wife/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:39:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223864 President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied media local reports that he has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age.

In a statement titled “holiday legends”, the presidency said a journalist from The Star, a leading newspaper, had “misunderstood” a Zulu idiom during the 72-year-old Zuma’s speech.

The newspaper reported that during a visit to a Durban township in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, Zuma had said in Zulu “Angakayakhi indlu yokugugela… laba ngisabathathile nje” (I do have wives but I’m yet to marry my last one).

The crowd, most of them elderly, laughed and cheered, The Star said.

“The president joked that he did not have “indlu yokugugela” (the home in which I will age in), which the journalist reported as a hint about taking another wife,” said the presidency.

Zuma, who on Sunday said he was in “perfect condition” after a stay in hospital in June, had earlier made a speech about the need to respect and tend for older people.

Before the denial was issued some South Africans had reacted to the rumour with support.

“Good for him and the wife to be,” said radio presenter Sebenzile Nkambule on Twitter. “Why are people upset? It’s THEIR culture. You don’t like it, don’t be polygamous.”

But with over 20 children, and four wives currently on the state’s budget, Zuma has also been harshly criticised for hitting taxpayers’ pockets with his personal life after refurbishments to his private home — including a swimming pool and amphitheatre.

The 246 million rand ($21 million, 17 million euro) refurbishments were paid for with public funds under the guise of “security upgrades”.

“He can marry 10 wives …. but WE, the people, should not have to foot the bill,” commented reader Matt Howard on The Star’s website.

“I do not care if he marries a goat,” said another, “but I am stuffed if he uses my tax money to pay for the reception !!”

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1200 Christmas Chickens Lost To Auto Accident http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/21/1200-christmas-chickens-lost-to-auto-accident/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/21/1200-christmas-chickens-lost-to-auto-accident/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:15:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223567 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

•File photo of chickens

•File photo of chickens

About 1, 200 Christmas chickens valued at about N4,800,000 perished in an early morning auto crash which occurred on Saturday at Adolor junction, Ugbowo, along Benin-Ore highway in Benin City, capital of Edo State.

No human life was however lost in the wreckage of the accident.

The dead chickens were allegedly meant for sale at Uselu market, located at a distance of about half a kilometre from the scene of the accident.

According to an eyewitness account, the driver of the truck conveying the chicken who was said to have driven all night on the Benin-Ore Expressway from unknown destination, apparently lost control after dozing off, before falling into the deep roadside cutter.

The eyewitness, a trader who identified herself simply as Mrs. Amenze, who was close to tears, said, “I pity the driver, so many birds died. This is a big loss.”

It was however gathered that while some sympathizers were making arrangement to take the injured driver to the hospital for treatment, others were waiting anxiously to prey on the dead fowls.‎

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Japan recalls 20k bras due to injury fear http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/18/japan-recalls-20k-bras-due-to-injury-fear/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/18/japan-recalls-20k-bras-due-to-injury-fear/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:02:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223313 Triumph International bra is recalled

Triumph International bra is recalled

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling over 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwears suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them.

The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International, which has made a name for itself with concept lingerie such as a solar-powered bra and an “Abenomics” bra, said they took the move due to fears of injury.

“We are sorry for the trouble, but we ask customers to stop using the bras immediately,” the company said in a statement.

The company added that it deeply apologised and would take steps to prevent a recurrence.

“The recall applies to roughly 22,000 bras ranging in cost from 5,600 to 6,200 yen (£30.4 to £33.7) and sold only in Japan,” a company spokeswoman said.

There have been no reports of injuries from the defect, which caused the tips of the under wears to protrude from holes in the fabric, sometimes after washing and sometimes while people were wearing them.

“It would be terrible if it happened again and somebody’s skin was scratched,” she added.

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Chinese passengers who attacked plane crew are ‘barbarians’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/15/chinese-passengers-who-attacked-plane-crew-are-barbarians/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/15/chinese-passengers-who-attacked-plane-crew-are-barbarians/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:01:46 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222918 AirAsia passenger pours hot water and noodles on cabin attendant  Photo: WSJ China Real Time

AirAsia passenger pours hot water and noodles on cabin attendant
Photo: WSJ China Real Time

Chinese state-run media branded four unruly air passengers “barbarians” Monday after they scalded an air hostess and threatened to blow up a plane in a dispute over seating.

The national tourism watchdog vowed to “punish” the group after a low-cost flight from Thailand to the eastern city of Nanjing was forced to return to Bangkok when a female Chinese passenger threw hot water and noodles at a cabin attendant.

Online video images also showed another male passenger threatening to blow up the aircraft following the row with crew, reportedly because they could not be seated together.

The China Daily, which is published by the government, lambasted the group in an editorial and said the incident would “tarnish” the image of the Chinese people.

“They believed that behaving like barbarians would get them what they wanted, forgetting that civility demands that a fellow human being be treated as an equal,” it said.

“The incident should serve as a lesson not just for the four culprits, but also for all Chinese to behave properly to get respect.”

Thai AirAsia Flight FD9101 departed Bangkok’s northern airport Don Mueang for Nanjing at 5:55 pm (1055 GMT) on Thursday with 174 passengers and six crew on board, but was forced to turn back after the rowdy behaviour.

China’s National Tourism Administration said over the weekend that the passengers — who were reportedly given token fines by Thai authorities — will be “severely punished” for their actions and put on a database of unruly tourists.

“The administration’s move should be encouraged,” Su Haopeng, vice dean of the Law School at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing told the Global Times.

“As it is the first time they have clearly stipulated that public behaviour should be not only punished by law, but also regulated by a record system.”

The passengers paid 50,000 Thai baht ($1,525) in compensation to the air hostess, the paper said citing Thai reports, while the female passenger who threw the hot water was fined an additional 200 baht.

As well as the editorial, the China Daily carried a separate bylined commentary saying that it was “not the first time that a handful of ‘ugly’ tourists have given Chinese travellers a bad name”.

It called on tourism authorities to take “strict measures” aimed at “properly handling” the increasing number of Chinese travellers.

Chinese tourists made 98 million overseas trips in 2013 and that figure is expected to surpass 116 million this year, it said.

“Chinese tourists should remember that their unruly behaviour would only soil their country’s image,” it added.

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Animals Go To Heaven, says Pope Francis http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/animals-go-to-heaven-says-pope-francis/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/animals-go-to-heaven-says-pope-francis/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:47:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222609 VATICAN-TURKEY-POPE-TRIP

Pope Francis declared recently in his regular weekly address at St. Peter’s Square that animals go to heaven. He made the statement while trying to comfort a boy who was upset about the death of his pet dog.

Quoting several biblical passages as evidence that animals go to heaven, Pope Francis said, “The holy scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us… what lies ahead… is therefore a new creation… It is not an annihilation of the universe and all that surrounds us. Rather it brings everything to its fullness of being, truth and beauty.”

The 77-year-old pontiff then concluded: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”
Reacting to Francis’ statement, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera wrote optimistically that the pontiff had effectively declared an expansive “hope of salvation and eschatological beatitude to animals and the whole of creation.”

While the declaration from the controversial pontiff might have brought consolation and relief to animal-loving Catholics who have mourned the loss of a pet, it probably caused Church conservatives more hand-wringing over their fears about their pope’s escalating “liberalism.”

Soon after Francis made the statement, the Italian company Eurolactic Italia, which produces donkey milk as alternative nutriment for babies allergic to human and cow milk, presented him with two donkeys, Thea and Noah, as Christmas presents.

Media reports quoted an official of the company, Pierluigi Christophe Orunesu, saying that Francis confessed that he loves donkey’s milk having consumed it as child. Thea and Noah would no doubt be in heaven to provide the pontiff a constant supply of milk.

Francis’ declaration that “heaven is open to all God’s creatures” could be interpreted by the theologically naive only as a statement expressing the sincere feelings of an animal lover. But it is one sufficient to spark an acrimonious debate till kingdom come among church theologians who have hitherto assumed that the privileges of heavenly beatitude are reserved exclusively for humans.

The notion of animals going to heaven is one that church leaders and theologians immersed in anthropocentric biblical worldviews have apparently never given much thought to. The question of what happens to our favorite pooches and moggies after death only began assuming significant dimensions recently
with the Christianity Today, in 2012, raising the question, “Do Pets Go to Heaven?”

But soon after publication of the article, Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, moved quickly to slam shut firmly the pearly gates of heaven against animals, declaring in the midst of his brief papal tenure, that animals are “not called to the eternal life,” and pointing out that animals are never mentioned in connection with salvation and eternal life in the Christian scriptures.

But how do we resolve the contradiction between the statements of two equally infallible vice-regents of God on Earth?

Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, is reported to have said in 1990 that “…animals possess a soul” and “in this respect, man, created by the hand of God, is identical with all other living creatures.”

However, Pope John Paul II offered no inspired papal insights into the animal hereafter, thus empowering Benedict to declare in effect, and in line with church tradition, that only humans have immortal souls.

While animal lovers quote Isaiah 11:6, which says that in the life hereafter “the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together,” others sidestep the inconvenient verse, pointing out that the bible makes it clear in Mark 16:16 that only “he that believes and is baptized shall be saved.”

In truth, the Apostles never baptized or preached the gospel to chickens, dogs and cats. Even human gentiles were granted the boon of heavenly afterlife only as an afterthought; that is, after the Jews rejected the message.

Ultimately, the notion that animals go to heaven raises a medley of theological riddles for those with the leisure to indulge in unbridled rumination over the spiritual mysteries of existence:

If animals go to heaven, do they also go to hell? Will my donkey suffer eternal damnation for that well-aimed kick at my groin, or my pitbull hellfire for attacking my toddler son? Will my hen go to perdition for cracking and eating its own egg, effectively aborting its own offspring in the womb?

What about earthworms, the bacteria in my gut, HIV and Ebola viruses that have caused untold suffering to humanity?

And where does God draw the line in the hierarchy of animal lifeforms that separates those eligible for afterlife from those not sufficiently evolved to benefit from the comforts of heavenly bliss?

On the contrary, do non-human life forms have an assured automatic ticket to heaven for lacking a moralizing intellect?

–Culled from Digital Journal

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Ugandan maid pleads guilty to baby torture http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/ugandan-maid-pleads-guilty-to-baby-torture/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/ugandan-maid-pleads-guilty-to-baby-torture/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:27:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222113 Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, faces up to 15 years in prison

Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, faces up to 15 years in prison

A Ugandan maid pleaded guilty Monday to torture of a baby, a case that has shocked the country after a video of her abusing the child was made public.

The 22-year old maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime.

Worried parents, who installed a CCTV camera when they were at work, were shocked to see they had filmed the maid pushing the 18-month-old baby girl to the floor.

She then kicked the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back, and then dragged her out the room apparently unconscious. The baby was left bruised and shaken by the abuse.

Battered baby receiving treatment at the hospital Photo: peacefmonline.com

Battered baby receiving treatment at the hospital
Photo: peacefmonline.com

The disturbing video has been seen or shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media.

After her arrest, police said she would be charged for attempted murder, but in court Monday faced torture charges alone.

State prosecutor Joyce Tushabe said the maid, who had no lawyer, “was remorseful” in court.

“She said she was sorry for the act,” Tushabe said. “She asked for forgiveness from the parents of the child, the nation, and those she said were affected by her acts.”

Tumuhiirwe was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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Defeated Sokoto senator slaps House of Rep member http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/defeated-sokoto-senator-slaps-house-of-rep-member/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/defeated-sokoto-senator-slaps-house-of-rep-member/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:02:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221764 Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal

Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal

By Haladu Abubakar/Sokoto

A frustrated governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto state, Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal vented his anger on a delegate and member of the House of Representatives, at the primary that produced Speaker Aminu Tambuwal as the candidate last night. Senator Dahiru slapped Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni representing Tangaza/ Gudu federal constituency.

It was not clear what led to the slap. Some said Dahiru had sensed defeat and was looking for an object to transfer his frustration.

Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni: the rep member slapped

Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni: the rep member slapped

But witnesses said Dahiru was on the queue to vote when he saw Bashar and dashed out to give Bashar the dirty slap.

Security men rushed to separate the men and calm them down at the Giginya Memorial stadium,venue of the exercise that drew over 3,000 delegates from across the 23 local governments with 244 wards.

In the primary election, Dahiru scored only 23 votes, while Speaker Aminu Tambuwal ran away with victory,by polling 3,462 votes out of the 3,513 cast by the delegates.

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Court refuses to recognise chimpanzees as ‘persons’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/04/court-refuses-to-recognise-chimpanzees-as-persons/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/04/court-refuses-to-recognise-chimpanzees-as-persons/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 22:16:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221726 A Chimpanzee eating groundnuts

A Chimpanzee eating groundnuts

Chimpanzees are not entitled to the same rights as people, a New York state appeals court ruled Thursday, thwarting an advocacy group’s attempt to get primates freed from captivity.

The Nonhuman Rights Project said it was already pursuing an appeal at New York state’s highest court in a bid to move four privately-owned chimpanzees to a sanctuary.

The group argued in court in October that chimps have such similar characteristics to humans that they should be recognized as “legal persons” and given the right to liberty.

But a panel of appeal judges in the state capital Albany on Thursday declined to enlarge the common-law definition of “person.”

“A chimpanzee is not a ‘person’ entitled to the rights and protections afforded by the writ of habeas corpus,” the judges wrote.

“Unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions,” they continued.

“It is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal rights… that have been afforded to human beings.”

The Nonhuman Rights Project says it is the first time anyone has ever sought a writ of habeas corpus applied to an animal.

“The court ignores the fact that the common law is supposed to change in light of new scientific discoveries, changing experiences and changing ideas of what is right or wrong,” it said.

The case hinges on the group’s effort to have a chimpanzee called Tommy removed to a sanctuary to live out the remainder of his days.

The charity says Tommy is being held captive in solitary confinement in a “small, dank, cement cage in a dark shed in temperatures” well below those of his native land in Africa.

“He is unable to do the things that are natural to chimpanzees. He cannot build a nest, socialize with others of his own kind, or forage for food,” the charity says on its website.

Last year, his owner Patrick Lavery told local newspaper Times Union that the chimp “likes being by himself” and has a television set, cable and a stereo for entertainment.

The group also wants freedom for three other chimps — Kiko, deaf and living in a private home, and Hercules and Leo, owned by a research center and used in locomotion experiments on Long Island.

A hearing was held in Kiko’s case before a court in Rochester, New York on Tuesday.

The Nonhuman Rights Project says Kiko is partially or totally deaf because of abuse suffered on the set of a “Tarzan” movie before being acquired by his current owners.

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