P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:55:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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Baby dies after being left forgotten in parked car http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/baby-dies-after-being-left-forgotten-in-parked-car/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/baby-dies-after-being-left-forgotten-in-parked-car/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:38:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209314 Police line

A 16-month old baby died after being forgotten by one of its parents who left the child behind in a company car park, a Swiss prosecutor said Friday.

The baby was left for a number of hours after the parent “went to work, forgetting to leave the baby in the usual childcare facility”, Neuchatel prosecutor Marc Remy said in a statement.

“It was not until the end of the working day when they went to pick up their child, that they realised the tragedy that had occurred,” he said.

The accident happened in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the west of the country.

A criminal inquiry has been opened, but the prosecutor said they would not be releasing any further details of the case.

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Indian woman kills leopard with sickle http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/27/indian-woman-kills-leopard-with-sickle/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/27/indian-woman-kills-leopard-with-sickle/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:28:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=208855 Police line

A 56-year old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle.

The woman told Indian broadcaster CNN-IBN that she battled with the leopard for half an hour on Sunday before finally delivering a killer blow with her sickle.

“The leopard lunged at me many times and we fought for a long time,” she told the channel from her hospital bed in the northern state of Uttarakhand, her arms bandaged and a livid scar across her right cheek.

“I got hold of my sickle and fought with it. That’s when the leopard was killed,” said the woman, named as Kamla Devi.

Devi, who was widowed a few years ago, told the Hindustan Times daily she was “terrified” when the leopard attacked, but was determined not to succumb.

“I gathered my courage to fight back. I promised myself that this is not my last day here,” she told the paper.

Leopard attacks are relatively common in rural areas of India, although it is rare for the leopard to come off worse.

In 2009 a nine-year-old boy in the same state fought off a leopard that had attacked his sister.

The animals are increasingly venturing into populated areas as their habitat becomes depleted.

Video footage from Mumbai last year showed a leopard creeping into an apartment block foyer and snatching a small dog.

Conservation group WWF called for better management of forests and other habitats for India’s leopard population, which numbered 1,150 at a 2011 census.

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1,400 gay weddings in England, Wales http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/1400-gay-weddings-in-england-wales/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/1400-gay-weddings-in-england-wales/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:57:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=208028 Joan Rivers Officiates The Gay Wedding Of Joseph Aiello And William "Jed" Ryan In New York City

Just over 1,400 gay couples tied the knot in the three months after same-sex marriage was allowed in England and Wales, figures out Thursday showed.

The Office for National Statistics said 1,409 marriages took place between March 29 and June 30.

Of those, 56 percent were between female couples, and 44 percent between male couples, the ONS said.

The first weddings took place just after midnight on March 29, and the numbers have steadily increased since then.

“The novelty and significance of marriage becoming available led to an initial rush among same-sex couples wanting to be among the very first to assume the same rights and protection afforded to heterosexual couples,” said James Brown, a partner at law firm JMW Solicitors.

“In the three months since, there has been a much more gradual increase and I would expect that pattern to continue.”

The figures will likely surge from December once civil partnerships can be converted into marriages.

Introduced in 2005, civil partnerships allowed gay couples essentially the same rights and responsibilities as civil unions, but were not termed “marriages”.

Within the United Kingdom, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own legal systems.

Scotland’s first same-sex marriages are expected later this year, while there are no plans to introduce gay marriage in Northern Ireland.

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India court orders release of 14-year hunger striker http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/19/india-court-orders-release-of-14-year-hunger-striker/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/19/india-court-orders-release-of-14-year-hunger-striker/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:49:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207648 Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila

An Indian court Tuesday ordered the release of a woman who has staged a 14-year hunger strike in protest at human rights abuses in the country’s remote northeast, her lawyer said.

“The court has set her free,” lawyer Mani Khaidem said of Irom Sharmila, who was arrested shortly after beginning her protest.

Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest, has refused food and water for almost 14 years to draw attention to abuses allegedly committed by the military.

She began her fast in November 2000 after witnessing the killing of 10 people by the army at a bus stop near her home in northeastern Manipur, which is subject to the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

She was arrested on charges of attempted suicide and was sent to a prison hospital where she was force-fed via a nasal drip several times a day.

Babloo Loitangbam, a human rights activist in the northeast who is close to Sharmila, said the court had accepted that the charge was not sustainable.

“There has been a consistent position where activists have been saying that Sharmila is not taking her life, she is making a political point which is to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act,” he told the NDTV network.

Sharmila also faces similar charges in the capital New Delhi where she has staged a hunger-strike in the past.

The act, which covers large parts of northeastern India and the restive state of Kashmir, gives Indian forces sweeping powers to search, enter property and shoot-on-sight and is seen by critics as cover for human rights abuses.

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Couple arrested over withdrawals from MH370 victims’ accounts http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/16/couple-arrested-over-withdrawals-from-mh370-victims-accounts/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/16/couple-arrested-over-withdrawals-from-mh370-victims-accounts/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:26:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207297 A Malaysian airline Boeing 777-200:

A Malaysian airline Boeing 777-200:

Malaysian police said a bank employee and her husband had been detained over withdrawals of 31,000 dollars from four bank accounts of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Izany Abdul-Ghany, Chief of Police in the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, said this in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

He said the funds from the accounts of three passengers on the missing airliner were apparently transferred to a fourth account owned by another passenger.

“Based on initial investigation, money from the accounts of three passengers on the missing airliner were transferred to a fourth account owned by another passenger.

“Several cash withdrawals were then made from the fourth account,” he said.

Abdul-Ghany said all accounts were at the same bank, and the bank’s Manager reported the suspicious transactions to the police on 2 August.

He said investigators were also looking for a Pakistani man believed to be involved in the transaction.

Abdul-Ghany said the 32-year old bank employee was being investigated for approving the renewal of the ATM card used to withdraw money from the fourth account.

A police crime officer speaking on condition of anonymity said “this looks like an inside job, it will only be a matter of time before we get to the bottom of this.”

He said several withdrawals had been made at ATMs from the fourth account.

The Beijing-bound flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, disappeared without a trace after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8.

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I’ve slept with several dogs, bitten by two – Teenage boy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/15/ive-slept-with-several-dogs-bitten-by-two/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/15/ive-slept-with-several-dogs-bitten-by-two/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:33:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207127 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

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Osagiator Ighodaro, the 19-year old boy who was arrested for sleeping with a dog at Iguosa village, a suburb community in Benin, located in Ovia North-East local government area of Edo State, has confessed to sleeping with several dogs on different occasions.

Ighodaro who said he learned welding at Iheya street, in Benin, made th‎e confession Thursday evening while speaking to journalists in the office of the state commissioner of police, Foluso Adebanjo.

He disclosed that some of the dogs he slept with bit him in the process.

“I don’t how I slept with the dog, I slept with it five times. Some of the dogs even bit me. At least, I have been bitten two times and each time I have a dog bite my grand father will treat me.

When I call them, I will be rubbing their head petting them so that they will feel free with me. I will be playing with them before they will follow me. They will bark at me some times, and when I notice that it is serious, I will leave them. Any one that is friendly with me, I take that one to an uncompleted building and have sex,” he said.

The teenager who disclosed that he has a girlfriend last year but later broke up with her, said started sleeping with dogs this year, adding, “I don’t know what is wrong with me. None of my relations knows I sleep with a dog.”

“In this particular case, the dog is very familiar with me so it was easy to lure him away. While I was having sex with the dog one man saw me and ran to inform the Odionwere. They now came to pick me and the they asked the police to go and check me and see if I have any disease.”

It would be recalled that Adebanjo, the state commissioner of police, ‎had earlier this year disclosed that sexual crimes have been on the increase and a major problem in the state.

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India stray dogs to be part of security squad http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/09/india-stray-dogs-to-be-part-of-security-squad/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/09/india-stray-dogs-to-be-part-of-security-squad/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:16:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206213 Dogs

Stray canines roaming the Indian capital may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports said Saturday.

New Delhi residents have long informally adopted some strays as watchdogs and fed them, but this marks the first formal plan to turn them into municipal security dogs.

Delhi authorities said they would enlist police animal trainers to work with the strays and press the canines into service as guard dogs alongside a newly formed “May I Help You?” city security force which aims to assist the public and bolster safety.

“If these dogs are going to roam the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corp) area, they might as well work,” the civic body’s chairman Jalaj Shrivastava told The Hindu newspaper.

“Our plan is to adopt these strays and train them as guard dogs” to work with the public security force — 40 officers have already been deployed with the city planning to engage as many as 700, he added.

While some stray dogs are friendly and docile, others are more menacing and there is a high incidence of dog bites in India.

“This initiative is meant to address two issues: take the strays off the streets, thereby tackling the dog menace, and make the city safer for residents,” added Shrivastava.

There are no recent figures on the number of dogs in Delhi but a 2009 city survey put them at more than 260,000.

The reports did not say how many dogs would be used in the security scheme.

Dogs will be fed and vaccinated under the plan, welcomed by animal rights activists.

“This will engage the street dogs with society and also benefit people,” Radha Unnikrishnan, an animal rights activist, told the Hindustan Times.

A 2001 law forbids killing the roaming dogs and the stray population has soared, feeding on India’s infamous mountains of street garbage as well as on scraps given to them by residents. Hindus object to the killing of many types of animals.

Cities across India already run sterilisation and vaccination programmes but an estimated 20,000 people die each year from rabies infections in India, over a third of the global total.

The stray dog programme is the latest animal initiative in New Delhi.

A federal minister earlier this month announced authorities were deploying 40 professional monkey impersonators in government buildings to frighten away rhesus macaque monkeys which terrorise bureaucrats, invading offices, grabbing files and snatching food.

The men mimic sounds of langurs, which were used to chase away macaques around Delhi for decades until authorities started enforcing two years ago a four-decade-old wildlife law that bans keeping langurs in captivity.

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Chinese police crack down on headlight misuse http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/09/chinese-police-crack-down-on-headlight-misuse/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/09/chinese-police-crack-down-on-headlight-misuse/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:03:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206204 Full Beam Drivers Forced By Police To Stare At Their Lights

Using the age-old reasoning of making the punishment fit the crime, police in a sprawling Chinese metropolis are making drivers who inappropriately flash their bright lights suffer the same agony.

In a post on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, traffic police in the southern city of Shenzhen said that violators were being made to look at bright headlights for five minutes.

The post described it as an “appropriate experience” that would make offenders “sense the harm” such use of their headlights could cause.

“From now on, traffic police will make those found carelessly using bright lights to look at them for five minutes,” said the post, dated Tuesday.

Violators also have to listen to a police explanation on properly using headlights and pay a fine of 300 yuan ($49), the post said.

It included a photo of a man sitting on a red plastic stool looking into the bright lights of what appeared to be a police vehicle with a uniformed officer standing nearby.

Automobile use has boomed in China along with the country’s rapid economic growth, which has vaulted it to become the world’s second-largest economy and the globe’s biggest car market.

Auto sales accelerated in July, growing 6.7 percent to 1.62 million vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Friday.

For the first seven months of 2014, sales reached 13.30 million vehicles, up 8.2 percent on the same period last year, the industry group said.

China’s full-year auto sales hit 21.98 million vehicles last year.

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Couples battle in Italy over IVF twins implanted in wrong woman http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/08/couples-battle-in-italy-over-ivf-twins-implanted-in-wrong-woman/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/08/couples-battle-in-italy-over-ivf-twins-implanted-in-wrong-woman/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:36:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206115 Pregnant

An Italian judge will decide who are the legal parents of IVF twins whose embryo was implanted into the wrong mother, a Rome court heard on Friday.

In a case which has gripped the country, two couples are fighting for the custody of the babies born on Sunday whose fertilised embryoes were mixed up in a Rome hospital.

The families have very similar names, sharing five of seven letters, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

The mother who carried the baby has refused to give up the children, but the couple still intend to sue and file charges against the hospital, their lawyer Michele Ambrosini said.

Judge Silvia Albano told an hour-long hearing on Friday that he needed more time to consider whether the biological parents had the right to demand custody of the children.

The error was not noticed until the mother who gave birth to the twins had a genetic test at three months to check for illness which revealed neither she nor her partner were the biological parents.

When the babies were born at the weekend, the biological parents said they were “happy that everything went well” even though “we did not have the pleasure of holding our newborns in our arms”.

But the other couple told the daily La Stampa, “We feel their pain and we are also suffering. We suggested that we all meet but they have never come back to us.”

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Spanish nightclub shut down over sex-for-drink game http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/spanish-nightclub-shut-down-over-sex-for-drink-game/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/spanish-nightclub-shut-down-over-sex-for-drink-game/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:55:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204512 Police line

A nightclub on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca where a young woman performed oral sex on several men reportedly in exchange for free drinks was ordered shut for a year by local authorities on Friday.

The Playhouse club in the resort of Magaluf and Carnage Magaluf, the firm that organised a pub crawl to the nightclub, will also have to pay a fine of 55,000 euros ($73,000), Calvia town hall said in a statement.

The punishment was imposed after a police probe concluded that “a collective fellatio” — caught on camera and spread around on online social networks — took place at the nightclub, it added.

Calvia mayor Manuel Onieva ordered a full investigation after a video posted on YouTube showing a blonde woman, wearing red shorts and a white tank top, performing oral sex on several men on the dance floor of a Magaluf nightclub went viral and sparked headlines around the world.

The crowd can be heard cheering her on in the video, which lasts over two minutes as music plays.

Local newspaper Mallorca Diario reported that Magaluf nightclubs were staging contests in which young women “must perform a certain number of fellatios to men at the bar in a minimum amount of time”.

The winner would receive free drinks during her entire vacation, it added.

Onieva announced on July 11 that companies that organise pub crawls in Magaluf, which is popular with youths from Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia, would now have to apply for a licence from Calvia town hall.

They also now face fines if they surpass a 50-person limit.

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Seven drown in septic tank on Polish pig farm http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/17/seven-drown-in-septic-tank-on-polish-pig-farm/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/17/seven-drown-in-septic-tank-on-polish-pig-farm/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:46 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203224 Police line

Seven people, all members of the same family, died in a freak accident Thursday after falling into an industrial-size septic tank on a pig farm in western Poland, firefighters said.

“Doctors have confirmed the death of seven people, while an eighth is in hospital in a serious condition,” Magdalena Bilinska, a fire brigade spokeswoman in the village of Karczowka, told Poland’s TVP public broadcaster.

The accident occurred on a family farm as the victims were reportedly trying to empty the tank, according to TVP.

A woman reportedly drove a tractor onto the tank’s cover, which gave way.

Seven family members who tried to rescue her were likely overcome by noxious gases and also fell into the tank, which measures 50 square metres (535 square feet) by three metres (10 feet) deep.

The sole survivor, a 45-year old woman, was hospitalised in a serious condition, according to TVP.

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Man set bus on fire over gambling losses http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/16/man-set-bus-on-fire-over-gambling-losses/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/16/man-set-bus-on-fire-over-gambling-losses/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203103 A Chinese man infuriated by his gambling losses set fire to a bus, leaving two people dead and injuring 32, police said Wednesday.

The blaze, which started with an explosion, engulfed the vehicle in Guangzhou, capital of the southern province of Guangdong, late Tuesday, police said on a verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter equivalent.

Eight of those hospitalised were in critical condition, it added.

The suspect, a 25-year old surnamed Ou from Henan province, was detained Wednesday.

China

“Ou confessed that he was dissatisfied by his personal gambling losses, so he carried out an arson attack on the 301 bus,” the police statement said.

Previous arson attacks on buses in China have been blamed on disgruntled individuals targeting ordinary people to vent their pent-up frustrations and anger over being denied access to justice.

Earlier this month, a 34-year old man was detained on suspicion of setting fire to a bus packed with tourists in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, injuring 32 people.

In May, a man who was detained briefly by police in 2007 torched a bus in Yibin in Sichuan, killing himself and seriously injuring 12 others.

In June last year, an arsonist who wanted to “vent personal grievances” caused a horrific bus blaze in Xiamen in Fujian, killing 47 people and himself.

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Former Anglican leader voices support for assisted suicide http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/former-anglican-leader-voices-support-for-assisted-suicide/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/former-anglican-leader-voices-support-for-assisted-suicide/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:03:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202631 George Carey

The former leader of the Church of England George Carey on Saturday said he had changed his mind and would support a British bill to allow assisted suicide in certain cases.

Current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby later restated his and the Church’s opposition to the bill, saying it could open the way to abuse and neglect of older people.

But Carey, who now sits in the House of Lords — parliament’s upper chamber — after leaving office as the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans in 2002, told the Daily Mail that he had dropped his long-standing opposition.

“The fact is I’ve changed my mind,” he wrote in a piece for the British newspaper.

“The old philosophical certainties have collapsed in the face of the reality of needless suffering,” he explained.

The former cleric, 78, said he would support the bill, brought by Lord Charles Falconer, which would allow mentally-capable adults to request help to die if they were suffering from a terminal illness and had less than six months to live.

It is due to be debated in the House of Lords next week.

The Church of England has consistently argued for no law change, and its current leader repeated his opposition.

“It would be very naive to think that many of the elderly people who are abused and neglected each year, as well as many severely disabled individuals, would not be put under pressure to end their lives if assisted suicide were permitted by law,” he wrote in the Times.

“It would be equally naive to believe, as the Assisted Dying Bill suggests, that such pressure could be recognised in every instance by doctors given the task of assessing requests for assisted suicide,” he warned.

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Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/australian-sheep-punched-stamped-on-and-thrown/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/australian-sheep-punched-stamped-on-and-thrown/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:34:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202494 Footage showing sheep being violently abused by shearers — including being punched in the face and hit with tools — was condemned Friday by Australia’s Agriculture Minister as “exceptional and cruel”.

The images, reportedly filmed in Australia by undercover investigators for the animal rights group PETA, showed shearers severely abusing animals in a country famed for its wool industry and exports.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the footage was shot at 19 contractor-run sheep shearing sheds in Australia between October 2013 and February 2014.

Shearers were recorded repeatedly beating sheep, stamping on their necks, throwing them and stitching wounds apparently without anaesthetic.

Australian sheep punched

Australian sheep punched

It was first reported by US television network NBC before the activist group released it online Thursday.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said Friday that the video was shocking, but added that he wanted to know more about its source and how it was obtained.

“One of the questions I ask is with the up close shot of the man hitting the sheep, which is obviously exceptional and cruel and in many instances would be immediate dismissal, where exactly was the camera?” he told ABC radio.

“Did the person know that they were filmed? Were they actually part of the process? There are lots of questions that need to be asked.”

PETA said it would not reveal where the footage was taken to protect its investigators.

The RSPCA animal charity said the abuse allegations were “serious” and it would be investigated for potential breaches of Australian animal welfare legislation.

WoolProducers Australia added in a statement it was “shocked and appalled by the footage” but that it was an isolated incident.

“We ask all woolgrowers to take a zero tolerance approach to poor animal welfare practice and take the necessary steps to ensure rare behaviour like this ends,” WoolProducers Australia president Geoff Fisken said.

In March, Australia resumed exporting sheep and cattle to Egypt after an agreement with importers on animal welfare standards.

Live cattle exports from Australia to Egypt were suspended last year after footage released by Animals Australia of the graphic slaughter of an animal.

Australia’s live cattle trade to Indonesia was also temporary halted in 2011 on cruelty concerns.

Support has grown in Australia for the introduction of “ag gag” laws, already in practice in the US, that would make it illegal for activists to secretly film practises on a farm and then broadcast it without alerting authorities.

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Mexican Mayor Marries Crocodile http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/10/mexican-mayor-marries-crocodile/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/10/mexican-mayor-marries-crocodile/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:14:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202458 The bride and groom

The bride and groom

The mayor of a Mexican fishing town has married a crocodile in an elaborate ceremony where the bride wore white and guests danced with the reptile.

The reptile is a princess, according to local tradition, and it is hoped the nuptials will boost catches of fish, shrimp and other seafood along the Pacific coast.

Before the ceremony, the wedding party walked with the crocodile bride through the southern Mexican town of San Pedro Huamelula.

“It’s my wish to marry the young princess,” mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas said as the pair tied the knot.

He then danced with his new wife in his arms before guests joined in.

One local resident explained the importance of the ritual.

“As young people, this means a lot,” said Eduardo Zarate. “It’s the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us.”

Members of the local council pay for the wedding festivities, which include dancing and fireworks.

Those who do not pay face a fine.

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