Thursday, 30 June 2016

Groom posing for wedding pictures get bitten by a rattlesnake

A groom was reportedly bitten by a rattlesnake while taking wedding photos at Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, Colorado. The groom, Johnny Benson, wasn’t badly injured and was actually able to make it to his reception and honeymoon. Manda Walters with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the snake population is holding steady.

Severe drought in India leads to rise in violence

A severe draught in a remote region in India has led to a sharp increase in violence - and even murder. As northern and central India continues to suffer thorough severe drought and oppressive heat, police in Bundelkhand and several other regions are reporting a rise in violent - and often deadly - clashes over water. After almost 10 years of below-average rainfall and several consecutive years of drought, the region's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wells are drying up.
Disputes are a common problem in many places in India that face water shortages and Indian police report that the fighting is getting more frequent and bloody. In many parts of the country, neighbours, friends and family are turning on each other, desperate to protect what little water they have left, police records suggest.

Man beheads neighbor who stole cans of beer from his home

A man was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly cutting of the head of his neighbor who stole cans of beer from his home, according to police in Maine. Limington police said that they have arrested 57-year-old Bruce Akers, after being accused of using a machete to kill his neighbor, 55-year-old Douglass Flint. Akers was charged with one count of murder. According to the police, Akers led officers to Flint’s grave after he was confronted about the murder. He had buried Flint beneath a rotting deer on his property.
Akers told police that he would have called in his crime right away, but he wanted a few hours of freedom. On Thursday, Akers called the police to report that Flint had stolen a 6-pack of beer from his home. Akers also believed that Flint stole other things from him. Flint's relatives reported him missing on Friday. Family members told police at the time that Flint could be suicidal due to the recent death of his wife.

Chinese teen on 6-day gaming binge gets a rotten feet

China’s serious video-game addiction problem is once again in the news, after a 19-year old boy was found passed out in some bushes with badly infected feet, after a 6-day gaming marathon at an internet cafe. Police discovered the avid gamer collapsed near some train tracks. They quickly called an ambulance as the man’s feet seemed badly infected and were giving off a strong putrid smell. When he woke up briefly to ask for some water, he told police officers that he had spent all his money playing video games and had not eaten or slept in several days. When he couldn’t afford to play anymore, he just started wondering around the city and eventually passed out from fatigue.

What love! Man marries his smartphone

Last month, artist Aaron Chervenak drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada to finally take the love for his smartphone to the next level by marrying it at a small wedding chapel. And yeah, in case you’re wondering, he even put a ring on it. A study conducted by internet security giant Kaspersky found that a quarter of people ranked their smartphone as more or equally important to them as their parents. For a lot of us, it’s the last thing we interact with before going to sleep and the first thing we check when we wake up. It’s with us pretty much 24/7, and we connect with it on so many levels. “We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our mind, and to me that’s also what a relationship is about,” Aaron Chervenak said. So in a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship. That’s why I decided to see what it was like to actually marry a phone.”

5-year-old girl who guides blind dad to work daily gets help

A heartwarming 3-minute video showing a young girl guiding her blind father to work on a coconut plantation in the Philippines recently went viral on Facebook and changed the lives of its protagonists. The video shows five-year-old Jenny, walking barefoot as she guides her blind father, Pepe “Dodong” Nelson, around a coconut farm, using a small wooden stick. She can be seen helping him avoid other people as they make their way through the coconut trees and guiding him to his lunch of crackers and water. With her help, Nelson manages to climb around 60 trees every day, for a pay of around 300 pesos ($6), barely enough to put food on their table.

Home invader got severely beaten by homeowner

Mugshot of robber

A man entered a home with a baseball bat with the intent of robbing a homeowner. But he got more than he nargained for when the homeowner managed to take the baseball bat away from him and beat him up it. Police in Florida, said that Noah Dassat, 33, broke into a home in Charlotte County, armed with a bat. He then attacked the husband in front of his wife and three young children. The husband managed to tackle the suspect while his wife grabbed the bat from him. The woman beat the suspect, causing severe injuries.
He finally managed to flee from the home and he went to the Port Charlotte Hospital, where he allegedly gave a false name to avoid being detected. However, doctors told police that the man with severe injuries matches the description they gave of Dassat. He was charged with armed burglary, battery and criminal mischief. Dassat was booked into jail without bond.
Dassat’s mugshot shows him with gauze wrapped around his head and a black eye.

Reasons why you should always wash new clothes before wearing them

For most of us, wearing a new purchase while it's still shop-fresh is a big part of the thrill of buying it in the first place. However, according to one textile expert, not washing clothes after you've bought them leaves us wide open to both other people's germs and a whole host of chemicals. Clothing manufacturing expert, Lana Hogue, warns that not putting new clothes through the washing machine straight after you've bought them puts your skin a little too close to the harsh factory processes that items often undergo before they reach retailers.  
Hogue explained to that the dyes used to colour our clothes are particularly skin unfriendly.
'You should absolutely wash clothes before you wear them. Especially anything that is right next to the skin or that you will sweat on.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dad claims to be sleeping with daughter out of frustration

A 41-year-old man, Raymond Anyanwu, who reportedly raped and impregnated his 15 years old daughter, said that frustration led him into the act. Anyanwu, who committed the offence at Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos said:
 “I started sleeping with my 15-year-old daughter sometime around January, after I lost my job. “I am a transporter, but I took to alcohol after I lost my job and could not meet up with my responsibilities as the head of the house.”
Vanguard gathered that Raymond Anyanwu sleeps with his daughter when his wife has gone to work.

Some function!

The little hole in your pasta spoon is approximately one serving size of pasta.

France: Study shows female jobseekers who show cleavage in application photos 'more likely to land interviews'

A scientist has revealed their top tip for female jobseekers trying to get work in France - wearing a low-cut top. It was discovered that women who apply for a position with a picture of themselves in a low-cut top are more likely to get the role than women wearing more conservative clothes. The research, which was carried out in Paris, found that showing cleavage makes a woman 19 times more likely to get the job than those with less busty pics.
Paris-based Dr Sevak Kertechian decided to research the impact clothing had on the recruitment process because it had never been scientifically studied.

Family dogs mauls 3-day-old girl to death

It’s always devastating when family pets shows their wild side by becoming killers. A 3-day-old baby girl in central California was mauled to death by her family's dogs early Monday, police said. The infant's 33-year-old mother thought the two dogs(above), reported as sharpei and pit bull mixes ,were restrained in the yard and did not pose a threat, police said.
"She left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up," Sgt. Dan Macias with the Fresno Police Department told the Fresno Bee.

36 dead, 147 injured in Istanbul airport attack

Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants. One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said. The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was one of the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey, which is part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State and is struggling to contain the spillover from neighboring Syria's civil war. It is also battling an insurgency by Kurdish militants in its largely Kurdish southeast.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

How racist is this poster?

The American Red Cross has apologized after the poster it produced featuring safety advice for public swimming pools drew complaints that it was racist. The poster, headed "Be Cool, Follow the Rules," depicts several children playing around a pool, with labels identifying their behaviour as “cool” or “not cool.”
The poster became the subject of ire on social media after one mother noted that it was predominantly white children in the poster labelled as “cool”, and non-white children labelled “not cool.”
Do you see anything wrong with the poster?

Dozens of people suffer burns after walking across hot coals at Texas motivational speaker event

Dozens of people have suffered burns to their feet after walking across hot coals during a programme by an American motivational speaker. Those injured were attendees at a three-and-a-half-day event, called “Unleash the Power Within” by Tony Robbins who advises people on self-improvement. One of the techniques, ABC News reported, was to overcome unconscious fears which were holding them back by storming across a bed of hot coals.
“Once you start doing what you thought was impossible, you’ll conquer the other fires of your life with ease," Mr Robbins told attendees on his website.

Monday, 27 June 2016

England manager Roy Hodgson resigns after humiliating exit from Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson, on Monday night, became the latest high-profile leader to lose his job after the 68 year-old resigned as England manager following their gutless defeat to Iceland in Nice. After taking an early lead in their Round of 16 game through captain Wayne Rooney, England were pegged back when Ragnar Sigurdsson headed in from close range. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson extended Iceland's lead in the 18th minute at the Allianz Riviera stadium, however Hodgson was unable to turn things around and England were duly dumped out of Europe. Shortly after their defeat, Hodgson announced he would quit his post with immediate effect.

Another ‘Brexit’ for England as they crash out of Euro 2016

England crashed out of Euro 2016 after a shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland, and the tiny country of just 330,000 sealed a quarterfinal date with France on July 3 in Saint-Denis. Iceland, in their first major tournament, fielded the same side for the fourth straight game, while England made six changes, including Raheem Sterling in for Adam Lallana.
European commentators have been laughing at England's ability to crash out of Europe twice in one week, with a Spanish football pundit remarking on TV: "It's not been their week."
In Iceland, the National newspaper Morgunbladid hailed the win by writing:  "Iceland are among the best footballing nations in Europe. That is clear after this historic victory over England in Nice."

US governor’s wife takes up summer job as a waitress to support household income

The 58-year-old wife of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has taken a job for the summer as a waitress to supplement the couple's income, as he is the lowest paid governor in the nation. She had kept a low profile for the first few weeks of her summer job at dockside restaurant, McSeagull's, which touts double-wrapped bacon scallops and views of Boothbay Harbor. But then her husband told a crowd at a recent town hall that his wife took a job to 'supplement' his $70,000 salary, the lowest of any U.S. governor.

Teen thief caught after uploading video of stolen goods on Facebook

Raderius Glenn Collins and Marcus Terrell Parker

A stupid thief was arrested on a charge of theft after foolishly uploading a video of his stash of stolen jewels on Facebook, according to police in Florida. Pinecrest police said that they have arrested 18-year-old Raderius Glenn Collins, after being seen on the video showing off part of the $500,000  stolen. An accomplice, 27-year-old Marcus Terrell Parker, was also arrested after bragging about the theft on the video. Police are still searching for a third man who was involved in the theft and was seen showing of a pile of $100 bills on the video. The two suspects were charged with burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and dealing in stolen property.

Pics: University Prof helps a nursing mother during exams


A University Professor in Bouaké, Cote divoire helped a nursing mom back her crying  baby as she sat for exams. Epic!
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Meet the World's Ugliest Dog


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Alexis Sanchez wins the Copa America Centenario Golden Ball

Chile are the Copa America Centenario champions, and in the wake of that triumph Alexis Sanchez has been named the Golden Ball Award winner as the player of the tournament. It's a well deserved honor, after scoring three goals for his country and helping lead their attack to some truly impressive performances en route to their championship.

King of Bhutan plants 108,000 trees in honor of his newborn son

82,000 families planted a tree and another 26,000 volunteers around the country continued planting until the country was covered with 108,000 new forest sapplings. This was all done in honor of the birth of King Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema’s first child. With each planting, a prayer was passed from each person to the land in honor and blessing that the prince grows up to be healthy and strong… and express the true nature of the trees through his vision of the world.
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Boat Trip Tragedy Kills 13 Children In Russia

At least 13 children and their adult instructor have died after their boats capsized in stormy weather during an outing in Russia. They were travelling on a lake in the country's northwest, not far from the border with Finland, when bad weather hit on Saturday night. An instructor has been detained for questioning amid allegations that the children were not wearing life jackets. Most of the victims were aged between 12 and 15 and had been attending a summer camp nearby.

Chile wins Copa America final as Messi misses penalty

Chile beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the Copa America Centenario to defend their 2015 title, after 120 minutes of regular and extra time ended scoreless. After Sergio Romero saved Chile's first attempt from Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi stepped up to the spot and sent his penalty shot well over the crossbar. Claudio Bravo then saved a penalty from Argentina's Lucas Biglia and Francisco Silva stepped up and beat Romero to seal the win for Chile.

Mum shoots two daughters dead on street following family row

A mum has been killed by police after she shot her two daughters dead in the street, it has emerged. Police say a family argument in the street resulted in the mum gunning down her daughters in Texas, US. The incident happened in the middle of a suburban street in Katy, Texas. When police arrived at the scene, they found one adult daughter dead. As the woman attempted to shoot her other daughter, police shot and killed the mum, the New York Daily News reports. The second daughter was rushed to hospital but she later died. The identity of the family is still not known or how old the two daughters are.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

14 people killed as Al-Shabaab launches fatal attack on Mogadishu hotel

 A Somali government soldier runs to take position during gunfire

At least 14 people were killed when gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital and took an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police and medical workers said on Saturday. Security forces then hunted down the attackers and ended the assault, which began with an explosives-laden vehicle blowing up at the hotel gate and lasted for hours. The Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel attacks in Mogadishu.
“We have finally ended the siege. The last remaining militants were killed on the top floor,” police captain Mohamed Hussein said after security forces pursued the gunmen who had retreated to upper floors of the Nasa-Hablod hotel, setting up sniper posts on the roof and throwing grenades. Police said at least four gunmen were involved in the attack.

Catholic priests in Montreal banned from being alone with minors

The Basilica of Notre-Dame, Canada 

Catholic priests in Montreal will be banned from being alone with children to provide a “safety net” against allegations of abuse. Archbishop Christian Lepine has issued a decree to implement the policy, which also covers lay workers and volunteers. According to the decree, the move was to “ensure the safety and integrity of the people to whom we bring the Gospel message and offer our pastoral care”. But, it added, it was also “to preserve the integrity, security and good reputation of God’s people”.
In an accompanying letter, Lepine said: “Recent events brought to light the horrific reality of abuse of minors and vulnerable people by members of the church. These intolerable situations have shocked and shaken the Universal Church as well as the entire population.”

West Virginia flood leaves 23 dead, hundreds stranded

Huge floods ravaging West Virginia have killed at least 23 people, stranded hundreds and left tens of thousands without power overnight, officials said late Friday. The threat of pop-up showers and overflowing rivers was still a concern late, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said that search and rescue efforts remained a priority to help people trapped in swamped homes and cars. He said 200 National Guard members have been deployed in eight counties with about 300 more authorized to help with ongoing relief.

Police corporal confesses to doubling as a robber at night

Oboko (left) and Amandi (right)

An armed robbery suspect, Chris Oboko, a corporal attached to the C4I unit of the Nigeria Police in Rivers State, has confessed to investigators how an informant “lured” him into a gang of car snatchers. 35-year-old Oboko, who has now been dismissed from the force, was recently arrested in Port Harcourt, during a mop-up of criminal elements responsible for incessant robberies and carjacking in the state by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team. Oboko, who joined the force in 2003 said he was living at the police barracks on Iche Street, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, while ‘moonlighting’ as a robber. He first served at the Boroki Police Division, before being transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. He told journalists that he became a member of the C4I unit after that.
But in 2015, Oboko decided to join the ranks of the men of the underworld whom he had sworn to protect the society against. He said in his statement, "In 2015, I met Johnpaul Amandi, one of our informants when he took two vehicles he stole from one of his kidnapping victims to one Victor Nwogu to sell.  I met them while they were negotiating the price and I told them I would join their operation.

Equatorial Guinea president makes biological son VP

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema has promoted his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang to the position of Vice President in charge of defense and security, according to a decree read on Wednesday on state television.
“In accordance with the Basic Law of Equatorial Guinea, I appoint his Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue Vice President of the Republic,” the decree of President Obiang read.
Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is 47 years old and a possible successor to his father, previously held the position of Second Vice President since 2012.
Obiang, who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and was re-elected again in April with 93.7% of the vote, promoted the 47-year-old second vice-president by a presidential decree read on state television. Obiang senior is currently Africa's longest-serving leader. Obiang junior is wanted in France on suspicion of embezzlement, corruption and stealing public funds.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Father beats 6-year-old daughter to death soon after winning custody battle

An angry father beat his little daughter to death just months after winning a lengthy custody battle, according to police in the United Kingdom. Now, 36-year-old Ben Butler of London, has been sentenced to serve 23 years in prison after being convicted of murder in connection with the beating death of his daughter, 6-year-old Ellie Butler. Butler’s wife, 36-year-old Jennie Gray, has been sentenced to serve 42 months in prison after being convicted of child cruelty. Gray regularly appeared in the television series EastEnders. The court heard that after battering Ellie to death he called Gray and told her to come home from work instead of calling for help.

Meet Sajad Gharibi, the human hulk!

24 year old Sajad Gharibi, who is known as the Persian Hercules online, weighs an enormous 159Kg, almost all of which is muscle. The Hulk-lookalike, who has more than 59,000 followers on Instagram, can lift up to 386lbs - almost the same weight as two baby elephants.
Online Gharibi posts photos of his day to day life, as well as doing what he does best - weightlifting. However those who know him assure that despite his appearance, Sajad has a big heart and is a gentle giant.
He takes part in the power-lifting category of competitions. He has also participated in bodybuilding competitions, representing his country.
more pictures after the cut

Pics: Artist who allowed complete strangers to fondle her genitals and breasts in public arrested

An artist who invited complete strangers to fondle her genitals in public has been arrested in Trafalgar Square. Controversial performer Milo Moire had been travelling Europe for her new 'Mirror Box' show, which is designed to promote women's right to not be touched. So far her performance has taken in Dusseldorf and Amsterdam, but when she took her art to Trafalgar Square, in London, she fell foul of the law. During the show, Ms Moire allowed passers-by over the age of 18 to touch her breasts or genitals for thirty seconds.
She told the Mirror Online:
"I was in Trafalgar Square and the police came and told me what I was doing was against the law and I had to come with them to the police station. I was there for 24 hours; first in one station then another with the court where I ended up having to pay a hefty fine.

Britain votes to leave the EU

Britain has been hit by a political earthquake after the historic EU referendum delivered clear backing for Brexit - and effectively ended David Cameron's career. The Leave campaign triumphed after stacking up votes across England and Wales - despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and major cities including London. The Prime Minister is expected to give his response to the dramatic verdict shortly, with speculation that he will herald the end of his tenure in Downing Street. Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hailed a 'victory for real people' and declared June 23 the country's 'Independence Day'.

EgyptAir to compensate families of crash victims


EgyptAir said Monday advance compensation payments of $25,000 will be offered to families of the 66 people killed when one of its planes crashed into the Mediterranean last month. The payments are separate to those expected from insurance companies on behalf of various parties depending on the investigation into the disaster. The Airbus A320 operating Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar screens between the Greek island of Crete and the north coast of Egypt on May 19.
Among the passengers were 30 from Egypt, 15 from France, two Iraqis, two Canadians and one each from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Seven crew and three security personnel were also on board.

Man charged for keeping 12 girls in his house

51-year-old Lee Kaplan

Police in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania have discovered 12 girls in residence of a man, who was later accused of sexually assaulting one teenager among the girls, local media reported on Monday. Police searched the home of 51-year-old Lee Kaplan after a neighbour called the authorities in growing concern about the weirdness of the house.  It said that Kaplan was found living with 12 girls from six months to 18 years. The 18-year-old told police that she and Kaplan had a 3 year-old and six month-old baby.
The police said that the teenager being sexually assaulted was given to Kaplan by her parents when she was 14 after the man helped solve a financial crisis of the family. They said officials are working to verify where the other children were from. Report says Kaplan faces charges including sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and aggravated indecent assault.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Study shows smoking cannabis during pregnancy 'impairs memory, decision-making and personality' of the baby

Pregnant women who smoke cannabis risk causing damage to their unborn baby's brain, experts have warned. The drug is linked to abnormal brain structure in children, a new study has revealed. Those children exposed to marijuana in the womb were found to have a thicker prefrontal cortex region of the brain, when compared to children not exposed to the drug. The prefrontal cortex is a region of the brain that is linked to decision-making, memory and personality.
The study's author, Dr Hanan El Marroun, of the Erasmus University Medical Center in The Netherlands, said: 'This study is important because cannabis use during pregnancy is relatively common and we know very little about the potential consequences of cannabis exposure during pregnancy and brain development later in life.'

'Racist' pre-school in Centurion, SA to be probed


A Centurion pre-school located at Heritage Hill Estate, South Africa is under investigation after a photo of a black girl who appeared to have been separated from white children was circulated online, the Gauteng education department said. MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the pre-school on Thursday.  His spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said Lesufi had asked the district to conduct a formal investigation. The 19-month-old baby’s mother posted the picture on Facebook. It shows the girl sitting alone, while white children sit at another table.
“My beautiful 19-month-year old is made to sit on a table by herself whilst the rest of her class sits cosy on the table next to her, indulging on delectable spread and my poor child sits with just her lunch tin [sic],” she wrote.

Demand for abortion increases in Latin America as Zika bites hard

Fears over complications relating to the Zika virus are driving more pregnant women in Latin America to seek abortions, new research suggests. In many of these countries, abortion is either illegal or highly restricted, leaving pregnant women with few options and potentially driving them to use unsafe methods, experts today warned.
Many are seeking to access abortion drugs without medical supervision, while others are being driven to visit underground providers, the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine notes.
In November last year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert about the Zika virus in Latin America. In February, such was the international concern, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak sweeping through South and Central America a public health emergency of international concern. Although the virus, spread by mosquitoes, causes only mild symptoms, it can have serious complications particularly for unborn babies.

15-year-old boy rapes his 77-year-old grandmother

Police arrested a teenage boy on a charge of rape after allegedly raping his grandmother in her home, according to police in South Africa. The 15-year-old boy, who was not identified, repotedly grabbed his 77-year-old grandmother and raped her. The boy was charged with one count of rape.
According to the victim, on Sunday, she was sitting in the backyard of her home, relaxing on a chair, when her grandson approached. Without saying a word, he grabbed her by the neck and pulled her into the house, where he raped her. The teenager then fled the scene, and the grandmother called police. Police caught the boy a week later, and he was arrested.

Visitors are warned to avoid traveling to Indonesia

Visitors are being warned against traveling to Indonesia including Bali after the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been found there. Indonesia is experiencing sporadic transmission of the virus, according to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
'Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia,' the advice reads.
The advice does note that most people who become infected with the virus do not show any symptoms.
'Only one in five people who get it will feel sick, usually for a few days.
'In some cases, Zika infection can cause fever, rash, severe headache, joint pain, and muscle or bone pain.
'Illness from Zika is usually not severe and does not require hospitalization.

Graphic picture: Mum inflicts injury on son for refusing to wash plates

A woman, Mojisola Jaqueen Ajenifuja has allegedly inflicted deep cut on her teenaged son’s head following his refusal to wash plates. The boy, Abdulgafar Ajenifuja, 15, was said to have fled their Ikorodu, Lagos residence, after the incident, appealing to the public to safe him and his siblings from their “violent’ mother.”
According to a Twitter user, @Arican88, who spoke to the boy, the woman used her high- heeled shoe to inflict a deep cut on the boy’s head on Friday. Abdulgafar, a Senior Secondary (SS1) student of Homat Group of Schools, Ikorodu, was reportedly studying for some practical tests they had on Saturday when his mother asked him to go and wash plates.
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DR Congo declares yellow fever epidemic

Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces, including the capital Kinshasa, after confirming 67 cases of the disease, with another 1,000 suspected cases being monitored. Health Minister Felix Kabange said only seven of the proven cases were indigenous to the Central African country, while 58 were imported from Angola, where the outbreak began. A further two cases came from remote forested areas not linked to the current outbreak. Five people in total have died, Kabange added.
"I declare today a localized epidemic of yellow fever in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwango," Kabange told a news conference.
Kinshasa is the primary concern for global health officials since it has a densely-packed population of more than 12 million and poor healthcare infrastructure.

Lionel Messi becomes Argentina’s leading goal scorer

Lionel Messi became Argentina's leading scorer with a superb free-kick as they beat hosts the USA 4-0 reach Sunday's Copa America final. The Barcelona forward, 28, passed Gabriel Batistuta's 54-goal tally with a 25-yard strike. Messi provided the assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi's opener, then scored his stunner before Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain fired in to make it 3-0. Higuain scored with a tap-in in the 85th minute to complete the rout.
"I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta's record and I want to thank my team-mates, it's theirs as well," said Messi, who turns 29 on Friday.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is sentenced to life in spying trial

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to life in prison while six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties. The 64-year-old, who has been sentenced to death in a separate trial, was Egypt's first democratically elected president but the army overthrew him in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters. He was given life in prison today for leading an unlawful organisation and 15 years for having 'stolen secret documents concerning state security,' his lawyer said.
The six defendants sentenced to death for helping to pass secret documents to Qatar include three journalists tried in absentia. Morsi came to power after the 2011 revolution that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.But after about one year in office, he was overthrown and detained by then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now Egypt's president.

Lagos set to become the first Smart City in Africa

The Lagos State Government and the City of Dubai has entered into a historic partnership that will see Lagos emerge as the first Smart City in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Lagos Smart City was signed at the Emirate Towers, Dubai by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Adeniji Kazeem and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC, Jabber Bin Hafez. The signing of the MOU, which would make Lagos the home of the very first Smart City in Africa, was witnessed by the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, His Excellency, Ahmad Bin Byat who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
A Smart City is a growing concept that draws from the success of Dubai’s innovative knowledge-based industry clusters to empower business growth for companies and knowledge workers all over the world.
Governor Ambode in a statement signed on Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that the Smart City (Lagos) is expected to bring multi-billion dollars investments to the State, create thousands of jobs and transform the Ibeju-Lekki axis in particular and the entire Lagos State in general.

Pics: SA pastor turns his members to horses, snakes and order them to eat mango leaves

South African Pastor, Penuel Mnguni of the End Time Disciples Ministries is making fame by asking members to do unbelievable things. He made headlines last year when he made his church members eat grass, drink fuel, swallow a live snake during a deliverance service. Recently,  Penuel claims he commanded a woman (pictured) to turn into white horse and it happened as he commanded.
The latest act shared via his Church’s Facebook page is when the pastor  went to a Mango tree and declared it to be KFC Pizza and spaghetti.  After the declaration, he commanded his members to eat from the tree as declared. Three of his members after eating the mango leaves, confirmed that what they ate is KFC, the other said it was Pizza and the last one said that it was spaghetti.
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Lightning in India kills 79 people

At least 79 people, most of them farm laborers working in the fields during the monsoon season, have been killed by lightning over the past two days in India, according to state officials. The deaths occurred in the states of Bihar, where 56 people died, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. In Bihar, the victims included at least eight shepherds tending their sheep, said Vyasji, a disaster management official who uses only one name. He told reporters that he expects the death toll to go up as reports come in from remote districts of the state, the Associated Press reports. Vyasji said scores of cattle also perished after being struck by lightning.

Pics: 87-year-old grandma goes skydiving...

An 87-year-old grandma, Janis Lefebre's children bought her the skydiving package from Jumptown, a skydiving center based in Orange, Massachusetts after learning that jumping out of a plane was something she always wanted to do. A crowd of family and friends gathered on Sunday to cheer on Lefebre's descent from 13,500 feet. 'It’s just fun watching everyone be nervous for me,' she told The Recorder.  Her family, including three children and her 19-year-old grandson, who called her 'the coolest grandmother ever' stood nervously watching the sky as it began to rain with jumpers.
‘Way to go, ma,' said her son Mark Lefebre as she floated to a safe landing with a big smile on her face.
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