Saturday, 25 March 2017

Chicharito ties Mexico all-time scoring record with goal against Costa Rica


Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez tied Mexico's all-time record for goals scored Friday against Costa Rica. The tally came in the seventh minute of the teams' World Cup qualifier. It took Chicharito's Mexico tally to 46, level with Jared Borgetti for most goals for El Tri.
It was Chicharito's seventh goal in World Cup qualification, while he also added 24 goals in friendly matches, seven in Gold Cups, three at the World Cup, three at the Confederations Cup, and one each in the CONCACAF Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
Twenty-three of Borgetti's came in World Cup qualification with only nine in friendly matches. He had two each in the Copa America and the World Cup along with three Confederations Cup goals and seven strikes in the Gold Cup.
Chicharito matched Borgetti's pace, scoring in 89 games while Borgetti did the same, ending his Mexico career with 89 caps.

New blow for Donald Trump as Obamacare repeal bid collapses


President Donald Trump faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency as his bid to repeal Obamacare went down in flames at the hands of rebel Republican lawmakers. Barely two months into his term, Trump was forced to withdraw an embattled Republican health care bill Friday, moments before a vote, leaving his campaign pledge to dismantle his predecessor’s health care reforms unfulfilled.
The stinging defeat showed the limits of Trump’s power to deliver on an ambitious legislative agenda despite Republican control of both houses of Congress. Already rocked by a string of damaging reversals and controversies, Trump must now consider how to move forward in the face of a fractured, rebellious Congress.
“Trump will have a very hard time dealing with these divides because he does not understand them,” said John Pitney, a professor of American politics at Claremont-McKenna College.
On Trump’s agenda are a major overhaul of the tax system and a bill to upgrade infrastructure like roads and bridges.

400,000 Afghan children expected to drop out of school this year


More than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school this year in the face of growing insecurity and displacement amid a spike in forced repatriations from Pakistan, Save the Children said Thursday. Thursday marked the first day of the new school year in Afghanistan, but around one-third of all children — 3.7 million — were not in attendance, the advocacy group said.
“Today should be a happy day in Afghanistan as children go back to class for the first time after a long winter,” said Save the Children country director Ana Locsin.
“Instead it is a day cloaked in tragedy for the millions who can’t access education and are struggling to survive.”

Around 250 feared dead in new Mediterranean migrant boat sinking


Around 250 African migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber dinghies off Libya, a spokesperon said on Thursday. Laura Lanuza of Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms said its boat Golfo Azzuro had recovered five floating corpses close to the dinghies, about 24.1km off the Libyan coast. "We don't think there can be any other explanation than that these dinghies would have been full of people," she told AFP. She added that they would typically have been carrying 120-140 migrants each.

Ex-police officer arrested 3 years after shooting his pregnant wife to death


A lengthy criminal probe has resulted in the arrest of a former Pennsylvania state officer, Joseph Miller who claims he accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife. Miller has now been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 shooting to death of his 34-year-old pregnant wife, Joanna.  Miller, then a seven-year veteran with the state police, was off-duty when he shot and killed Joanna on March 7, 2014. He told investigators he was taking apart his 45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the living room of his East Norriton home when it accidentally discharged, shooting her in the head. 
He said,
“I was about to clean my gun and I didn’t realize there was a round, I shot my wife. Fuck! I can’t believe I fucking did this.” 

Mob wrap suspected paedophile to road sign with cling film after luring him with fictitious 14-year-old


Vigilantes lured a suspected paedophile using a fictitious 14-year-old - then wrapped him to a road sign with clingfilm. The Ukrainian 22-year-old turned up to his 'date' with 'teenager' Diana clutching a rose. But there was no "Diana" - just a group of anti-paedophile vigilantes armed with food wrap.
He had been allegedly sending photos of his private parts to 'Diana' and asking her to do the same in return. He even allegedly said he did not want to share her with other people and sent her examples of the type of sexually graphic photos that he expected from her. The man, from south-eastern Ukraine's Zaporizhia Oblast region, then arranged to meet with the young 'girl' and turned up to their date.
The activists said the man claimed to be 22 at one point but also claimed to be other ages, indicating he was lying to make himself seem more attractive to the fictional 14-year-old.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dismissed pastor attempts to bomb church


The police in Edo state, Nigeria have arrested Abel Eku, pictured above, a pastor who attempted to bomb the headquarters of the Christ Chosen Church of God in Edo state following his dismissal from the church. Abel who was paraded before newsmen in Benin city today, said he had served the church for 25 years and was aggrieved that he was dismissed unjustly by the leadership of the church on January 22nd. The explosives were detected and policemen were invited who detonated the explosives.
“It was out of annoyance that I planted the bomb. I was dismissed from the church after serving for 25 years. After planting the bomb, I was not happy with myself. I had a change of heart and called the people about it. It was to scare people. I have to call people to check and diffuse it. I am 57 years old. I had marital issues with my wife. We came to the church to resolve it and it was not resolved. It led to my dismissal. I was very bitter about the dismissal. I don’t have the intention of killing people. My action is very bad" he said Abel however did not disclose what the marital issues were.

Small plane crashes into home in Georgia home, pilot killed


A small plane crashed into a home in Georgia Friday night, killing the pilot, fire officials in Cobb County told ABC News.  No one else was on the plane and no one on the ground was injured, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services spokesman Denell Boyd said. According to the FAA, the Cessna Citation I aircraft was en route to Fulton County Airport and crashed east of Cobb County International Airport around 7:20 p.m. Photos posted to social media showed a massive blaze burning on a residential street.

Denis Voronenko, exiled former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev

Former MP Denis Voronenkov

Ukraine accused Russia of “state terrorism” after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation “absurd.”
Former MP Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant who was armed with a pistol. The assailant was wounded by Voronenkov’s bodyguard and later died in hospital, police said. Voronenkov fled to Ukraine last year and was helping the Ukrainian authorities build a treason case against Yanukovich, Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin former president. Voronenkov had also spoken out against Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, although he voted for the move at the time.

10 dead, 14 injured in central Mali ethnic clashes


At least 10 people have died in violent clashes between two ethnic groups in central Mali, a security ministry source told AFP on Thursday, as tensions grow over land use and food scarcity in the region. Increased availability of arms from Libya has also contributed to intercommunal violence in Mali, experts say, while drought has forced herders into areas traditionally cultivated by farmers. A Malian security ministry source told AFP: "10 dead, 14 wounded" in a text message late on Thursday, adding that material damage was also being assessed and injured people evacuated from the area.

High school student commits suicide after being dumped by his girlfriend


A Ugandan High school student took his own life after he was dumped by his girlfriend.
According to a Facebook User, Jersey Sarprise, who shared the photos, the young man hanged himself to a tree after reportedly receiving a letter from his estranged bae, telling him she has found a new handsome boyfriend.
''From Today And Onwards Please Never Come To Me Again Because I Have Found A New Handsome Boyfriend Than You.' the letter reads
The boy's photo after the cut

Murmansk fisherman publishes photos of strange fish caught by his trawler


Murmansk fishing boat deckhand Roman Fedortsov takes pictures of strange and bizarre fish  he has caught, including colourful marine creatures. He publishes the photos on his Twitter (@rfedortsov ) and “VKontakte” page. These pictures illustrate multiple species of fish, that come in all shape and size. The variety of the images includes: deep sea fish, transparent fish, toothy fish, as well as other colorful marine creatures.
More photos after the cut

Emirates introduces new laptop handling service for US flights


The largest gulf carrier Emirates has introduced a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.  It says, "Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight.

Goldman Sachs moves staff from London to EU over Brexit

One of the things that re-moaners have been worrying about is what will happen to the City of London when Brexit occurs? Dependent upon the deal with the European Union those financial services firms may or may not have unrestricted access to the market over there--and, of course, that also means that EU firms might not have unrestricted access to the one major financial market in Europe. As a number of people have pointed out, not just myself, it's probably that second which is the more important economic problem as at least one former Governor of the Bank of England has said.
This is painted as being some deal breaking problem. That banks and so on will not have "passporting rights." That is, if you are licensed anywhere in the EU then you are licensed to sell everywhere in the EU. And after Brexit a UK license might not offer that facility. To which the obvious answer is that adding a license elsewhere in the EU brings back those passporting rights. And it need be only a small addition too. Which is why Goldman Sachs is moving possibly hundreds of people, not gutting its London operations by moving thousands:

Pics: Artiste beautifully camouflaged subjects into famous American landmarks using body paint


A New York artist has used body paint to perfectly camouflage her subjects into a variety of famous landmarks. The backdrops to her amazing and spectacular art include the White House, Freedom Tower, Grand Central Station, the Golden Gate Bridge, and even Irelands Giants Causeway. She purely uses body paint.
More photos after the cut