P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:36:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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Brazil’s “Bin Laden” arrested http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/05/brazils-bin-laden-arrested/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/05/brazils-bin-laden-arrested/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:25:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214806 A candidate running for the Amazonia state assembly in northern Brazil under the monicker Osama Bin Laden was detained during Sunday’s vote for illegal campaigning outside the local polls, electoral officials said.

‘Bin Laden’, real name Manoel Nunes de Assis, was standing for the tiny centrist National Labor Party (PTN).

Clad in a tunic similar to that worn by the Al-Qaeda mastermind killed in a US raid in Pakistan three years ago, Nunes was arrested in regional capital, Manaus, as he urged voters to cast their ballots while handing out bottles of water, and hauled off to the regional electoral court for questioning.

“He was stood in the doorway on the pretext of selling water while approaching people and asking for votes,” the G1 web portal quoted electoral magistrate Henrique Veiga as saying.

Electoral rules allow candidates to stand under whatever name they choose and this year has seen an imaginative crop, including Wonder Woman and Rambo, while a handful also stood as Barack Obama.

Manoel Nunes de Assis contesting for election as 'Bin Laden'

Manoel Nunes de Assis contesting for election as ‘Bin Laden’

Nunes, one of three candidates named Bin Laden standing in Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections, faces being removed from the race if he is found to have violated election rules.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) had detained 551 people in all, including 55 candidates, for various indiscretions nationwide an hour before polls closed at 2000 GMT in most of Brazil’s 27 states.

In the last national elections four years ago, a Sao Paulo clown named Tiririca (Grumpy) ran for Congress on the campaign slogan “It can’t get any worse.”

He won the most votes of any congressional candidate in the country, 1.3 million, and had to learn to write his name to start his new job.

He’s also standing again.

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Japan unveils a chair that cuddles the user http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/japan-unveils-a-chair-that-cuddles-the-user/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/japan-unveils-a-chair-that-cuddles-the-user/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:13:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214210 There are times in everyone’s life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that’s always ready to give a comforting cuddle.

The “tranquility chair” is built in the shape of a larger-than-life fabric doll with a friendly face and a fetching hat, but more importantly, it has long arms that wrap around the user in an affectionate embrace.

“It makes you feel safe. Anyone can use it, but it is designed for older people,” said a spokesman for UniCare, which is selling the chair, at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo.

Around a quarter of Japan’s population is currently over the age of 65, a figure expected to rise to 40 percent in the coming decades.

The chair is priced at 46,000 yen (419 dollars) and there is also a version adapted for wheelchair users.

Alongside specialist vehicles, beds and toilets on display at the three-day show were a variety of unusual products designed to lift the spirits of older people, who increasingly live on their own.

UniCare’s “Life Rhythm Dolls” are programmed to remind their owners to take their medicine or go to the toilet at certain times of day.

Unicare demonstrates how to use the 'Tranquility Chair'

Unicare demonstrates how to use the ‘Tranquility Chair’

“They are comforting for people who live alone — they can talk to them and hug them. They also play old Japanese music, which is nostalgic for older people” said the company spokesman.

Also on display were baby seal robots known as “Paro” that have been making a splash in therapeutic treatment since 2004.

The cute animatronic devices, developed by Japanese automation pioneer AIST, allow people who are not allowed live pets because of apartment rules to enjoy the soothing company of a robotic creature.

“Real animals can scratch and poo, but this one won’t,” said a demonstrator at the Paro stand.

The lifelike seal cubs move, squeak and open and close their eyes in response to their surroundings — and they even get angry if you poke them.

There are currently 3,000 of the furry electronic seals in use around the world.

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Husband seeks divorce over wife’s bad friends http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/husband-seeks-divorce-over-wifes-bad-friends/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/husband-seeks-divorce-over-wifes-bad-friends/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:11:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214096 court of law

A 42-year old man, Lawal Idris, on Tuesday told an Ilorin Area Court that his wife, Mulikat, was in the habit of keeping bad friends and urged the court to dissolve the marriage.

Idris, who is a resident of Niger Area, Ilorin, told the court that his wife was associating with people that could influence her life negatively and had no respect for their husbands at home.

“I have cautioned my wife to quit associating with bad set of people, but she refuse to listen to me and I can sense that she is no longer the woman I use to know,” he said.

He also told the court that the bad companies his wife kept had indoctrinated her into their ways of not respecting their husband.

Idris said that the marriage was contracted in 2010 and had produced one male child, Suleman. “My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because my wife’s lifestyle has changed negatively, since she prefers to listen to her friends, instead of her husband,” said the petitioner.

Mulikat opposed the petition, saying she was still interested in the marriage. “I will quit associating with the women my husband did not approve of for the sake of my marriage and only child,” Mulikat said.

Mulikat applied for an adjournment to enable her to reconcile with her husband.

The presiding Judge, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case to 15 October, for report of settlement or continuation of hearing.

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Refugees rescued by cruise ship refuse to disembark http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/25/refugees-rescued-by-cruise-ship-refuse-to-disembark/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/25/refugees-rescued-by-cruise-ship-refuse-to-disembark/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:24:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213440 A handout image released by the Cyprus Defence Ministry on September 24, 204 shows a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea

A handout image released by the Cyprus Defence Ministry on September 24, 204 shows a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea

More than 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner on Thursday refused to disembark in Cyprus’s southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.

“We were supposed to sail at 10:30 tonight, unfortunately these people want to negotiate,” Kikis Vassiliou, managing director of Salamis Cruise Lines, told reporters. “They want us to send them to Italy.”

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White House scare after man jumps fence http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/20/white-house-scare-after-man-jumps-fence/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/20/white-house-scare-after-man-jumps-fence/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:31:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212563 Captured: Security operatives capture Omar Gonzalez who jumped White House fence

Captured: Security operatives capture Omar Gonzalez who jumped White House fence

A man sparked an evacuation at the White House on Friday after he scaled and jumped over a fence and made it into the building before being captured.

President Barack Obama and his family were not at the White House at the time, though officials and journalists were rushed out of the building during the disturbance that began on the North Lawn around 7:20 pm (2320 GMT) Friday, the Secret Service said.

Obama had just left minutes before the incident with his family from the South Lawn headed for Camp David, the presidential weekend retreat.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary identified the suspect as Omar Gonzalez, 42, from Copperas Cove, Texas.

“It appeared to responding officers that he was unarmed, which turned out to be true,” Leary added.

“Gonzalez ignored the commands of those officers to stop and ultimately was apprehended by officers just inside the North Portico doors of the White House.”

White House

White House

Leary said the suspect was taken to George Washington Hospital for a medical evaluation.

Gonzalez was suffering from chest pains, according to a law enforcement official.

“Any time someone jumps the fence, there is a security breach and the Secret Service has to balance security with access and reasonableness,” the official added.

“The location of the arrest — the White House — is not acceptable to the Secret Service and the response will be reviewed.”

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Frenchwoman pays taxes with 30 kilos of small change http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/frenchwoman-pays-taxes-with-30-kilos-of-small-change/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/frenchwoman-pays-taxes-with-30-kilos-of-small-change/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:44:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212111 Coins

A disgruntled taxpayer in southern France paid her annual bill using 30 kilogrammes (66 pounds) of small change in protest at the way taxes are collected.

The unemployed 28-year old woman, who gave her name only as Audrey D., had to pay 1,107 euros ($1,435) in tax on her 2013 salary, which was on average 1,400 euros.

“To pay the taxes on time, I had to sell my car,” she told AFP.

Income tax in France is levied once a year in September on the salary earned the previous year.

Initially, she went to the tax office to pay in a single cash lump sum. “It hurts less that way,” she said.

However, officials told her she could only pay 300 euros at a time. She paid the first three tranches and then decided to make a statement with the remaining 207 euros.

She marched into the tax office with a pink piggy bank and rolls of tiny one, two and five centimes coins.

“I’ve got a good friend in a bank who helped me,” she explained.

She smashed the piggy bank on the counter and handed over the small change.

At first, she received short shrift, but the ice was gradually broken and the tax officials lightened up as they counted out the payment.

“I’ve nothing against paying taxes. But what I don’t like is paying so much. We’re not cash cows,” she complained.

Warming to her theme, she sent an open letter to President Francois Hollande and Finance Minister Michel Sapin to “protest against the rises in taxes, against this government that takes us for idiots but basically because I’m French and I love to whinge.”

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Malaysian girl, 8, dies after being flung from Australian ride http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/13/malaysian-girl-8-dies-after-being-flung-from-australian-ride/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/13/malaysian-girl-8-dies-after-being-flung-from-australian-ride/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:12:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211497 Five Dead, Including 2 Police Officers In Las Vegas Shooting

Australian authorities are investigating the death of a Malaysian girl who was flung “like a doll” from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show where showgoers laid flowers for her Saturday.

The girl, 8, who was reportedly visiting Australia with her family, was thrown from the AirMaxx 360 ride on Friday afternoon, South Australian police said in a statement.

She was treated by paramedics and taken to an Adelaide hospital but died a short time later, police said.

Malinda Dunwoodie said she was near the ride when she saw the child “flying through the air”.

“She was hanging by her legs off the ride, trying to block herself,” Dunwoodie told Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser.

“She went flying through the air about 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 feet) up in the air and I started sprinting towards her. I was shaking so much, she looked like a doll flying through the air.

“It was so shocking — it was like a horror movie. I didn’t see her land in the crowd but when I made it over to her I couldn’t see her eyes moving. Everyone was screaming.”

Showgoers on Saturday laid stuffed teddy bear toys and flowers at a makeshift memorial in the showgrounds.

“It’s just complete sadness and it’s a tragedy that should have been avoided,” Katherina Ritson, one of the event’s staff who placed flowers, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A spokesman for the High Commission of Malaysia told AFP they were working with the country’s Honorary Consul in South Australia to assist the family.

South Australia’s work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA, said the ride — which was operating for the first time at the show — would be shut for the rest of the event as they investigate the incident with police.

The ride, about 15 metres long and 18 metres wide, resembles a giant spider and can carry up to 24 people.

The Royal Adelaide Show attracts about half a million visitors every year and is South Australia’s largest event. It features amusement rides as well as farming exhibitions with live animals.

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Woman arrested for faking pregnancy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/woman-arrested-for-faking-pregnancy/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/woman-arrested-for-faking-pregnancy/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:48:35 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211272 Nigeria Police Logo

The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences on Thursday in Ikeja paraded a 29-year old woman it arrested for faking pregnancy.

NAN reports that the woman was arrested under the Ikeja Bridge where she had been using her “heavy pregnancy” to deceive and solicit alms from residents.

She was paraded with a pillow, which she hid under her dress to fake a protruded belly, to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

Speaking on her arrest, Mr Bayo Sulaiman, Chairman of the Task Force, said the woman was arrested following a tip-off from members of the public about her suspicious activities.

Sulaiman explained that the suspect confessed to the dishonest business after arrest and even displayed to officials how she faked the pregnancy to appeal to people’s sympathy and defraud them.

“The case of this woman is one of the many cases of many dishonest people across the metropolis that operate under different guises to solicit alms and defraud members of the public,” he said.

The task force chairman said the suspect would be arraigned in court to face the consequence of her fraudulent way of life.

He advised members of the public to be wary of people who approached them for assistance, saying that some of them might be fraudsters.

Sulaiman said street begging had serious security and environmental consequences and the state government would not in any way condone the practice.

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Man jailed for phoning, texting his ex 21,807 times http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/05/man-jailed-for-phoning-texting-his-ex-21807-times/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/05/man-jailed-for-phoning-texting-his-ex-21807-times/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:54:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=210208 Police line

A 33-year old French man was sent to prison on Thursday after phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, “it was stupid”.

The unnamed defendant, who had made the calls to demand the woman thank him for fixing up their flat, was given a 10-month sentence — six months of which was suspended — and a 1,000-euro ($1,300) fine.

He will also have to undergo psychiatric treatment and is barred from all contact with the woman he harassed, lawyers in the case told AFP.

The defendant, who comes from Rhone in southern France, had already accepted responsibility for the barrage of phone calls and text messages over a 10-month period, and had accepted an earlier demand to cease contact with his ex.

He had been hospitalised in the past for depression, and struggled to cope when his girlfriend broke off their relationship in 2011. He demanded compensation for work he had carried out in their apartment.

“At the time, my logic was that until she returns the money … or at least says thank you, I would not stop the calls,” he told the court in Lyon.

The calls kept coming — averaging more than 73 per day.

“She tried to block her line, but he phoned her parents instead and her workplace,” said Manuella Spee, lawyer for the victim, a 32-year old teacher who was also not named.

It was only when she finally said thank you, during a meeting organised by a mediator, that the harassment stopped. He has not contacted her since.

“I tell myself, with hindsight, that it was stupid,” he told the court on Thursday.

He said he wanted to return to school to train to be a legal assistant, and added that he had a “passion for writing”.

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‘One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/04/one-person-commits-suicide-every-40-seconds/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/04/one-person-commits-suicide-every-40-seconds/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:32:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=210111 One person commits suicide every 40 seconds, an avoidable tragedy that fails to grab attention because of taboos and stigma, a UN report said Thursday.

In a study released three weeks after the apparent suicide of Hollywood great Robin Williams, the World Health Organization also warned that media reporting of suicide details raises the risk of copycat behaviour.

“Every suicide is a tragedy. It is estimated that over 800,000 people die by suicide and that there are many suicide attempts for each death,” said WHO chief Margaret Chan in the landmark report capping a decade of research.

“The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons dear to them have taken their own lives,” she added.

WHO, which called suicide a major public health problem that must be confronted and stemmed, studied 172 countries to produce the report.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams, commited suicide

It said that in 2012 high-income countries had a slightly higher suicide rate — 12.7 per 100,000 people, versus 11.2 in low- and middle-income nations.

But given the latter category’s far higher population, they accounted for three-quarters of the global total.

Southeast Asia — which in WHO-speak includes countries such as North Korea, India, Indonesia and Nepal — made up over a third of the annual.

Suicides in high-income countries, meanwhile, accounted for around a quarter of the global figure.

The most frequently-used methods globally are pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms, but jumping from buildings is a common method in highly urbanised areas in Asia.

WHO cautioned that suicide figures are often sketchy, with less than half of those nations keeping clear tallies.

As a result, it said, it crunched a range of data to enable it to craft country-by-country estimates of the suicide rate.

The global rate was put at 11.4 per 100,000, with men almost twice as likely as women to take their own lives.

The most suicide-prone countries were Guyana (44.2 per 100,000), followed by North and South Korea (38.5 and 28.9 respectively).

Next came Sri Lanka (28.8), Lithuania (28.2), Suriname (27.8), Mozambique (27.4), Nepal and Tanzania (24.9 each), Burundi (23.1), India (21.1) and South Sudan (19.8).

In their wake were Russia and Uganda (both with 19.5), Hungary (19.1), Japan (18.5) and Belarus (18.3).

In high-income countries, mental disorders such as depression were present in up to 90 percent of people who died by suicide, compared with around 60 percent in countries such as China and India, WHO said.

The UN agency said its goal by 2020 was to cut national suicide rates by 10 percent.

But a major challenge, it said, is that suicide victims are often from marginalised groups of the population, many of them poor and vulnerable to a string of pressures.

And low-income countries whose health systems already struggle to deal with infectious diseases have particular difficulty detecting and helping people at risk of killing themselves.

“Suicides are preventable,” said Chan.

“This report encourages countries to continue the good work where it is already ongoing and to place suicide prevention high on the agenda, regardless of where a country stands currently in terms of suicide rate or suicide prevention activities,” she added.

Experts have repeatedly castigated the media and social network users for giving lurid details of suicides, whether of celebrities such as Williams or unknown individuals who killed themselves in a bizarre fashion.

“Inappropriate media reporting practices can sensationalise and glamourize suicide and increase the risk of ‘copycat’ suicides,” the report said.

“Media practices are inappropriate when they gratuitously cover celebrity suicides, report unusual methods of suicide or suicide clusters, show pictures or information about the method used, or normalise suicide as an acceptable response to crisis or adversity,” it said.

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Japan porn queens raise thousands of dollars for AIDS prevention http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/31/japan-porn-queens-raise-thousands-of-dollars-for-aids-prevention/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/31/japan-porn-queens-raise-thousands-of-dollars-for-aids-prevention/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:24:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209509 A guest (L) touches the breasts of Japanese porn actress Karin Natsumi

A guest (L) touches the breasts of Japanese porn actress Karin Natsumi

A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a “Boob Aid” charity event for AIDS prevention.

The nine adult movie stars, sporting yellow campaign T-shirts rolled up to reveal their breasts, flashed a big smile as punters came to them at an event that opened Saturday.

Having sprayed their hands with disinfectant, many of them were seen fondling the breasts quite discreetly.

A man was seen pressing his palms together in the style of a Buddhist prayer before and after he softly touched the breasts of each of the nine girls.

Women were occasionally spotted in the mostly male crowd, prompting one of the girls to say in rapture: “Wow, I’m happy. I want her to touch my breasts!”

Boob Aid is part of the 24-hour “Stop! AIDS” campaign event in Tokyo, which was also televised live on a Japanese adult cable channel.

Nine Japanese porn actresses, (middle L-R) Kotone Nishida, Iku Sakuragi, Rina Serino, Yui Kasugano and Nodoka Otsuka, (rear L-R) Yuria Kitahara, Riku Nekota, Yumena Muro and Karin Natsumi, pose with three supporters

Nine Japanese porn actresses, (middle L-R) Kotone Nishida, Iku Sakuragi, Rina Serino, Yui Kasugano and Nodoka Otsuka, (rear L-R) Yuria Kitahara, Riku Nekota, Yumena Muro and Karin Natsumi, pose with three supporters

The breast-squeezing resumed Sunday morning after an overnight break.

More than 2,300 pairs of hands groped for a total of eight hours until early Sunday afternoon, organisers said.

The figure suggests some $23,000 has already been collected as each participant was expected to donate 1,000 yen (about $10) or more.

The final money count will be announced after the event closes at around 8pm (1100 GMT) on Sunday.

The event is the 12th since its launch in 2003. It is backed by the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention.

“I’m really looking forward to lots of people fondling my boobs,” Rina Serina told the Tokyo Sports newspaper before the event. “But I would be very happy if you would please be delicate.”

The event comes after sexist heckling of a Tokyo assemblywoman hit the headlines, highlighting old-fashioned views towards women that still permeate Japanese society.

“I never thought my boobs could contribute to society,” added the ponytailed Serina, apparently unaware of any contradiction.

Fellow porn actress Iku Sakuragi had no qualms about being groped by hundreds of pairs of hands.

“It’s for charity,” said the 21-year-old. “Squeeze them, donate money — let’s be happy.”

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