P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:45:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Dutch murderer weds in Peruvian prison http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/06/dutch-murderer-weds-in-peruvian-prison/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/06/dutch-murderer-weds-in-peruvian-prison/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:26:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201819 Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing a Peruvian woman in 2010, has married his pregnant girlfriend.

Attorney Maximo Altez said van der Sloot wed Leidy Figueroa Uceda, 24, in a brief private ceremony inside Piedras Gordas prison on Friday.

“Joran’s mother sent him a suit and shoes for the wedding,” but no family members were present, Altez said.

Seeking to shoot down local media allegations, the lawyer insisted: “This is not a strategy by van der Sloot to avoid extradition to the United States.”

Van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old US college student Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

In March, Peru gave the green light for van der Sloot to be extradited to the United States. But he must first serve out his Peruvian sentence, which ends in 2038.

Van der Sloot was sentenced in January 2012 after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. He got a two-year sentence reduction after an agreement with prosecutors.

He killed Flores in a hotel in the Miraflores district of Lima after meeting his victim in a casino, where they played poker.

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Shark bites swimmer on California beach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/05/shark-bites-swimmer-on-california-beach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/05/shark-bites-swimmer-on-california-beach/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:49:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201808 Shark

A shark bit a long-distance swimmer in California as it was being reeled in by a fisherman Saturday.

The seven-foot (2.13-meter) shark bit the swimmer around 9:30 am (1630 GMT) off Manhattan Beach, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on its Twitter feed.

The fisherman had been struggling with the hooked shark for about 40 minutes when the fish bit the swimmer.

“Shark was hooked to fishermans line, long distance swimmer got close, was bit while shark was biting through fishing line,” the LACFD tweeted.

The beach was closed for a mile (1.6 kilometers) north and south of the Manhattan Beach pier.

Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital to treat moderate injuries. The swimmer, listed as being in “stable” condition, was expected to survive

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Japanese grapes fetch record N890k http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/05/japanese-grapes-fetch-record-n890k/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/05/japanese-grapes-fetch-record-n890k/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:15:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201738 Ruby Roman Grapes

Ruby Roman Grapes

Bridal couples at a Japanese wedding hall will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400.

A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for 550,000 yen ($5,400) on Saturday, the first day of the buying season in Ishikawa prefecture, central Japan, local media reported.

The bunch of around 30 grapes weighed some 800 grammes (28 ounces), Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said, adding that the red-skin grape can be as big as three centimetres (1.2 inches) in diameter.

The top notch grapes — costing around $180 a pop — will be served at the wedding hall in Kanazawa, central Ishikawa.

“I was surprised to see a higher price than I had originally imagined, but I would like bridal couples to savour them and have a great memory,” the hall owner was quoted by NHK as saying.

Around 30 bunches of the Ruby Romans were auctioned Saturday. Some 16,000 bunches are set to be sold this season only in Ishikawa which put the grape on the market in 2008.

Then, the first bunch of Ruby Roman grapes fetched 100,000 yen.

Japanese often present top-quality fruits such as melons as gifts. The first batches of carefully grown fruit often fetch extraordinary prices, making headlines in newspapers.

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Trending: Nigerian singer’s sex offer to Shekau for Chibok girls http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/27/trending-nigerian-singers-sex-offer-to-shekau-for-chibok-girls/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/27/trending-nigerian-singers-sex-offer-to-shekau-for-chibok-girls/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:19:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=200591 A Nigerian pop singer and actress has stirred a wave on the social media after she offered her virginity to Abubakar Shekau and his band of Boko Haram predators, in exchange for the kidnapped 219 Chibok schoolgirls.

Adokiye, 23, who is also a UN peace ambassador had made the proposal in an interview with Vanguard.

‘This is 11pm in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them.

‘It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange.’

Singer Adokiye: a touching offer to Shekau

Singer Adokiye: a touching offer to Shekau

The UN Ambassador of Peace also added: ‘They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.’

Most comments on the gesture described it as touching, but some described it as PR stunt, while other commentators wondered why the Nigerian government has failed to rescue the girls since 14 April.

The kidnapping, by the Abubakar Shekau led group, has already sparked a worldwide campaign #BringBackOurGirls. It has been backed by celebrities and high-profile leaders like David Cameron and Michelle Obama but Twitter uses weren’t so sure about the merits of Adokiye’s offer.

Twitter user Singhatul2014 said the offer was ‘very touching’ and that Adokiye should be given a Nobel Peace Prize, while user Kunleadefioye asked: ‘And what can one make of this Adokiye offer –
genuine, gallery play, tacky postering or…’

On Mail Online, one reader simply wondered whether the singer has what she is promising: her virginity.

Meanwhile, Islamists fighting for Boko Haram are leaving their forest hiding places after a number of senior militants died as a result of relentless attacks by snakes and bees, it has been claimed.

Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen arrested in Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria claimed that members of the group have now fled the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon, following ‘incessant snake bites’ and bee stings.

Nigeria’s army have been trying to flush the militants out of the area for months, but it appears they are now leaving voluntarily in the belief the attacks are the spirits of their victims haunting them.

.Rewritten from Mail Online

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Police arrest 63 ‘Black Axe’ members in Akwa Ibom http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/15/police-arrest-63-black-axe-members-in-akwa-ibom/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/15/police-arrest-63-black-axe-members-in-akwa-ibom/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:36:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198895 Nigeria Police Logo

The Akwa Ibom Police Command on Sunday arrested 63 persons, suspected to be members of “Black Axe,” a cult group.

DSP Etim Dickson, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), announced this while briefing journalists in Uyo.

He said that the suspected cult members were arrested during their initiation at Effoi village forest, near Eket.

The police image maker said that some of the items recovered from the cultists included two locally-made pistols, five live cartridges, two axes and two drums.

Other items are five black berets with ‘Aye’ insignia, three cars, one bus, two motorcycles, 10 cell phones; and a container containing substance suspected to be blood.

He said that all the suspects confessed to being members of ‘Black Axe’ adding that they would be charged to court soon.

“All the suspects will be charged to court. You know the activity of cult group is becoming too rampant,” Dickson said.

He appealed to members of the public to volunteer information about criminal activities in their area to the police for prompt action.

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Poachers kill famed giant Kenyan elephant http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/14/poachers-kill-famed-giant-kenyan-elephant/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/14/poachers-kill-famed-giant-kenyan-elephant/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:10:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198741 Elephants killed in Kenya

One of Africa’s largest elephants has died after being shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Kenya, wildlife officials said as they mourned the loss of an “old friend.”

The elephant famed for his giant tusks, known as Satao and aged around 45, was wounded by poisoned arrows in May in Kenya’s vast southeastern Tsavo national park.

The Tsavo Trust, which works to protect the wilderness and its animals, announced the death “with great sadness” for one of the “most iconic and well-loved tuskers.”

The death of the elephant, the latest in a surge of the giant mammals killed by poachers for their ivory, came a day after wildlife regulator CITES warned entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale.

“It is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries, a great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantlepiece,” Tsavo Trust said in statement released late Friday.

“Rest in peace, Old Friend, you will be missed,” it added.

Poachers had hacked off the elephant’s face and stolen the tusks, but conservationists who had followed Satao for years identified the body from the ears and other signs. The carcass was found earlier this month.

More than 20,000 African elephants were poached last year alone for their tusks, which rake in thousands of dollars a kilo in Asia, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The famed elephant lived in a vast wilderness stretching over a thousand square kilometres (400 square miles), a major challenge for rangers from the government-run Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to patrol.

“Understaffed and with inadequate resources given the scale of the challenge, KWS ground units have a massive uphill struggle to protect wildlife,” the Tsavo Trust added.

“With today’s mounting poaching pressures and anti-poaching resources stretched to the limit, it proved impossible to prevent the poachers getting through the net.”

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French woman vows to marry stepson http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/12/french-woman-vows-to-marry-stepson/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/12/french-woman-vows-to-marry-stepson/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:34:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198428 Elisabeth Lorentz and Eric Holder

Elisabeth Lorentz and Eric Holder

A woman who wants to marry her former stepson but cannot do so under French law vowed Thursday to take her fight right up to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Eric Holder, 45, and Elisabeth Lorentz, 48, appeared in court in the northeastern city of Metz in a bid to overturn a law stipulating that parents and their children — whether natural or not — cannot marry.

The law states that exceptions to the rule can be made by presidential decree for unions like the one envisaged by Holder and Lorentz, but only if they have the blessing of the person through whom they are linked.

In this case, that would be Holder’s father and Lorentz’s ex-husband, who is now dead.

The court in Metz will announce its ruling on 26 June.

“I hope we can ultimately marry and create a real reconstructed family like thousands of others that exist today,” Lorentz said after the hearing.

Lorentz, who married Eric Holder’s father in 2003 and divorced him in 2012, said she would take the fight “right up to the European Court of Human Rights if needed” and win her case.

Lorentz has a 17-year old daughter from Holder’s father, while Eric Holder has a 22-year old daughter from a former marriage.

Their lawyer Mathieu Ehrhardt said the French law was flawed, adding that the European Court of Human Rights had rapped Britain in 2005 over a similar case.

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