Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Damas Pakada, assaulted Ethiopian Jew IDF soldier sue police for compensation

Damas Pakada is suing for some $100,000 in compensation after two police officers documented assaulting him while he was in uniform, on his way home.

Damas Pakada, the IDF soldier of Ethiopian descent whoseassault by police last month led to a turbulent protest by Israeli Ethiopians, has decided to sue the police for compensation.



In a lawsuit filed at a Tel Aviv court on Tuesday, Pakada is demanding NIS 390,000 including legal expenses (some $100,000) in compensation from the police.


The lawsuit, which was filed against the two police officers involved in the incident, claims that if the assault had not been documented on camera - Pakada would have likely been accused and convicted of serious charges of assaulting police.


Damas Pakada meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Haim Tzah, GPO)


Pakada's attorney, Eyal Abulafiya, claims this is a case of police brutality motivated by racism, "one of the more shocking cases seen recently in Israel, which was documented by security cameras by coincidence."


He went on to say that on top of police displaying serious racism, this was a display of hatred which in this case provided a rare glimpse "into a regular habit, which is wrong to the core, that happens frequently at the Israel Police, who use violence against civilians, make false accusations, and more."


The suit stated that the violence resulted in damage caused to Pakada in body and spirit, and to the entire Ethiopian community in Israel.


Police assault Pakada, documented by security camera


In addition to that, the lawsuit noted, damage was caused to one of Israel's symbols - an IDF soldier in uniform. "This fact did not lead to even the slightest of hesitations before the complainant was brutally attacked by police," Abulafiya said.


In his suit, Pakada asked the court to express its contempt of police brutality, particularly brutality against citizens of Ethiopian descent, and aid in putting an end to the serious racism prevalent in the Israel Police and the State of Israel.


Pakada said that if he won the suit, he would donate some of the money to Ethiopian community organizations fighting for justice and equality.


The 19-year-old soldier was beaten in Bat Yam by two police officers while on his way home from the army.              Source: Ynetnews.com

Pakistan detains Axact chief Shoaib Sheikh over 'fake degrees

Axact's CEO Shoaib Sheikh (centre) has said there was a campaign against Bol

Pakistani investigators have detained the head of a global internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multi-million dollar fraud selling fake university degrees online.

Axact's CEO Shoaib Sheikh and his deputy, Waqas Atiq, were taken into custody after a raid at their Karachi offices on Tuesday night.

Officials said hundreds of thousands of blank degree forms, student cards and authentication documents were found.

Axact has called the claims "baseless".

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) chief for Sindh province, Shahid Hayat, told media the agency had enough evidence to proceed against Mr Sheikh on charges of fraud, forgery, money laundering and violation of electronic transactions law.

Mr Sheikh was taken into custody 10 days after the International New York Timespublished allegations that the software firm based in Karachi was running a worldwide degree scam.

Source: BBC News

Fifa 'took bribes for 2010 World Cup' - Loretta Lynch

Fifa executives accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said.

Ms Lynch was giving details of the US investigation into football's governing body.

She also alleged bribery was involved in Fifa's 2011 presidential election and the 2016 Copa America tournament, due to take place in the US.

Seven sports officials were arrested in Switzerland on Thursday morning.

They are among 14 indicted on corruption charges, accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.

Fifa executives "used their positions to solicit bribes," said Ms Lynch. "They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament."

One of those indicted, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, took $10 million in bribes from the South African government over the 2010 World Cup, the indictment alleged.

When details of the indictment first emerged, Mr Warner said he was innocent and said "the actions of Fifa no longer concern me".

The Fifa executives indicted include Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin 

The Swiss have also opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.

Swiss police said they would question 10 Fifa executive committee members who participated in the votes that selected the two countries.

This is the "beginning, not the end, of the investigation", Acting US Attorney Kelly Currie said.

Source:BBC News

Fifa 'took bribes for 2010 World Cup' - Loretta Lynch

Fifa executives accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said.

Ms Lynch was giving details of the US investigation into football's governing body.

She also alleged bribery was involved in Fifa's 2011 presidential election and the 2016 Copa America tournament, due to take place in the US.

Seven sports officials were arrested in Switzerland on Thursday morning.

They are among 14 indicted on corruption charges, accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.

Fifa executives "used their positions to solicit bribes," said Ms Lynch. "They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament."

One of those indicted, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, took $10 million in bribes from the South African government over the 2010 World Cup, the indictment alleged.

When details of the indictment first emerged, Mr Warner said he was innocent and said "the actions of Fifa no longer concern me".

The Fifa executives indicted include Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin 

The Swiss have also opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.

Swiss police said they would question 10 Fifa executive committee members who participated in the votes that selected the two countries.

This is the "beginning, not the end, of the investigation", Acting US Attorney Kelly Currie said.

Source:BBC News

Heir to China's richest man buys pet Husky two Apple Watches


The son of China's richest man gave his pet Husky two gold Apple Watches to wear over his paws.

He likes his dog tricked out.

The son of the richest man in China found a unique way to blow some of his inheritance, splurging on a very nice treat for his canine.

Wang Sicong, the 27-year-old son of Wang Jianlin, whose fortune is estimated at $34 billion, posted pictures of his Husky sporting two Apple gold watches on his front paws in images posted to his account on the Chinese social media account Weibo.

Careful, don't drool on them. They cost between $10,000 and $17,000.

"I have new watches!" the caption on the pictures read, according to the Shanghaiist. "I'm supposed to have four watches since I have four long legs. But that seems too tuhao (Chinese term for rich people who are uncultured) so I kept it down to two, which totally fits my status. Do you have one?"



The watches cost between $10,000 and $17,000.


Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jianlin a real estate mogul who is worth about $34 billion.


The animal flashed his new SWAG on his own social media account.

Sicong has showered his animal with outlandish treats before including a pink designer Fendi bag he wears around his neck. The canine also only drinks Fiji water.

This dog is sure to stay his master's best friend.

Source: New Wire Services/New York Daily News

Identical twins who 'share everything' shock doctors in UK after being diagnosed with identical illnesses

Alexandra and Lara Pierotti are typical twin sisters sharing they same friends and interests - and now they have both been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease.

Daily Record

Twin peril: Lara and Alexandra Pierotti were both diagnosed with coeliac disease at the same time

Twins Alexandra and Lara Pierotti have always enjoyed doing everything together.

They share the same interests , have the same friends, study the same subjects at the same school and hope to be accepted on the same course at the same university.

But when the 16-year-olds fell ill at the same time, doctors were shocked to discover they had been hit by the same autoimmune condition, coeliac disease.

While the illness has genetic links, medics say it is extremely unusual that both girls would be diagnosed with it together, reports the Daily Record.

Family strength: Alexandra (striped top) and Lara at home with mother Lindy (Linda)

Mum Lyndi, 49, of Bearsden, Glasgow, said: “Alexandra and Lara are very close and have always done everything together.

"When they fell ill, it took almost 18 months before Alexandra was firstly diagnosed and we knew straight away that Lara had to be tested for it too.

"Having each other has probably made things a little easier for them."

Coeliac disease is when the body’s immune system damages the lining of the small bowel when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye is eaten.

While common symptoms can include frequent bouts of diarrhoea, vomiting and bloating – neither Alexandra or Lara suffered any tummy complaints.

But they say the disease left them so physically and mentally exhausted, they had to give up the sports they loved, they needed to rest at lunchtime at school and even lacked the energy to chat.

Alexandra, said: “Both Lara and I went from being full of energy all the time to being so tired we didn’t want to do anything. We would fall asleep in the car on the way to school.

"When at school, we would go to the drama department at lunchtime where we knew we could rest.

“We had to stop playing hockey and we struggled in fitness class.

"When we came home, we were always having naps.

Closest of sisters: Alexandra (left) and Lara have the same friends and interests

Lara added: “It sounds silly but even chatting to our friends was exhausting and I would sometimes struggle to keep up with the conversations.

"We have since learned that having ‘brain fog’ can be a symptom of coeliac disease but at the time, we didn’t know what was going on. It was quite frightening not knowing what it was.”

Over almost 18 months, the girls made repeated trips to their doctors and were prescribed iron tablets after both were found to be anaemic.

When other tests showed no abnormalities, their symptoms were dismissed as being related to puberty.

But worried mum Lyndi says she and husband Roano, 55, a chartered surveyor, knew something more serious was going on.

Lyndi said: "As a parent, you worry that something sinister might be going on but any tests came back normal.

“Then I was back at our GP with Alexandra and he said he was going to test her for coeliac disease to rule it out. When the test came back positive, it was a massive shock.”

Both girls had to undergo biopsies for confirmation.

They were then given strict instructions to remove all gluten from their diet – including standard bread, pasta, flours, cereals and biscuits.

Lyndi said: “As soon as we removed gluten from their diets, the transformation was amazing.

"Within three weeks, their energy was coming back and they were much more like their old selves.”

The girls say their bodies now suffer an extreme reaction if they do digest anything with gluten in it by mistake.

Lyndi said: “Eating out can be a problem as you have to trust in others that something really is gluten-free.

“At home, things are much easier but any gluten-free ingredients are much more expensive."

Lara added: “We would love to set up our own business one day, offering a wider range of foods for anyone who does have to be gluten-free.”

Source:Daily Record/ Mirror Online(UK);

Britain's oldest twins die within weeks of each other aged 103 after spending entire lives together

Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies lived side-by-side and have both passed away having lived through 19 British Prime Ministers

Wales Online

Twins: Glenys and Florence lived next door to each other but have now both passed away

Britain's oldest pair of twins have passed away within weeks of each other after spending their entire lives together.

Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies, who were 103, lived next door to each other near Caerphilly, South Wales.

Florence died last Wednesday, while Glenys passed away on April 23, having spent their final days in the same care home

The pair lived through two world wars, 19 British Prime Ministers and wereborn in the same year as the coronation of King George.

Family: Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies as young girls nearly 100 years ago

Between them the Welsh pair, who were born on November 22, 1911, had five children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

The sisters claimed to be the first identical twins to be born in the Aber Valley, reports Wales Online.

They built an interior door joining the two kitchens at their homes in Abertridwr to make it easier to see each other.

In the care home they had rooms a couple of doors away from each other.

They inherited the title of UK’s oldest after turning 103 last November.

Source: Wales Online /Mirror Online(UK) 

Brothel boss dubbed 'Madam Moneybags' must pay back £1million to the Scottish Government

A BROTHEL boss dubbed Madam Moneybags must pay back £1million in immoral earnings from her seedy sex empire.

PAYBACK: Margaret Paterson has been ordered to cough up £1million to the taxpayer [POLICE SCOTLAND/PA]

Margaret Paterson was before the courts for a confiscation hearing having been jailed for five years in July 2013 when she was convicted of brothel-keeping, money laundering and living on the earnings of prostitution.

She had sent a network of drivers and working girls to horny clients all over Scotland under the pretence of an upstanding escort agency.

The 62-year-old had been convicted of laundering £700,000 all by herself.

She laundered a further £544,000 with co-defendant Robert Munro who was convicted and identically sentenced for the same three crimes.

Paterson bought luxury goods and private healthcare during the decade they ran the bordello and escort service in the Scottish capital from 2001.

Paterson was ordered to repay more than £1million and Munro £96,836 at the High Court in Edinburgh today.

The confiscated money will be made available to the Scottish Government's CashBack programme, which reinvests criminal proceeds into a range of sporting, cultural and educational activities for young people.

“We have removed a vast amount of criminal earnings from organised crime groups operating right across Scotland”

Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism,

Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism, said after the original trial: "Margaret Paterson and Robert Munro exploited vulnerable women for their own profit, running a large network of prostitutes across Scotland, and laundering the proceeds of their criminal activities."

Today she added: "We have removed a vast amount of criminal earnings from organised crime groups operating right across Scotland.

"These cases show the tenacity of law enforcement and prosecutors in pursuing the thing that is most important to criminals - their money.

"Criminals now find themselves not only facing lengthy prison sentences, but they are also subjected to extensive financial investigations by our specialist team of forensic accountants.

"They find that criminal earnings they thought long safe are uncovered, and whenever they cannot be accounted for we will seek to confiscate them and make them all available for use in community projects across Scotland."

Source:UK Daily Star

Rita Ora sex act exposed: US Rapper details fling with star in graphic verse

A US rapper has shocked fans by rapping about Rita Ora performing a sex act on him for his latest single.

SHOCKING: A$AP Rocky made some vile comments about Rita [GETTY]

A$AP Rocky has been branded "disrespectful" on Twitter after his new single Better Things surfaced online including X-rated lyrics stating Rita Ora by name.

In the seriously graphic verse, A$AP, real name Rakim Meyers, raps: "I swear that b**** Rita Ora got a big mouth/Next time I see her might curse that b**** out.

"Kicked the b**** out once 'cause she b****ed out/Spit my kids out, j***ed up all in her mouth and made the b**** bounce."

That may be the most starred-out sentence we've ever written.

GRAPHIC: The lyrics detail a specific sex act [WENN]

Before this vile verse surfaced, nobody even knew that the Harlem rapper had dated Rita.

The pair were snapped together at 2012 MTV VMAs, but Rita was linked to Rob Kardashian at the time.

Unsurprisingly, both fans of Rita and followers of Rocky slammed the 28-year-old for the crude call-out.

One man tweeted: "People laughing at the ASAP rocky verse about Rita Ora but I think it's childish…You never hook up with somebody then clown her to the world", with another fan simply tweeting: "Wow A$ap Rocky's lyrics about Rita Ora are not okay though #disrespectful."

Source:UK Daily Star

EXTRADICTION TO US :Court bars NDLEA, others from arresting Ogun State Senator-elect ,Buruji Kashamu

Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday restrained security agencies in Nigeria from arresting and transporting the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, to the United States to stand trial on drug-trafficking offences.

Justice Okon Abang, in a judgement on Wednesday, declared as illegal, the arrest and extradition of Kashamu in relation to drug-trafficking allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British courts.

Abang granted Kashamu’s prayer that having earlier obtained a judgment in Nigeria in January 2014 barring his arrest and extradition and the judgment having not been set aside, he could not be arrested and extradited.

The judge awarded a cost in the sum of N20,000 against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser to the President, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.


Australia terrorist's children could be taken into care

Australians fighting overseas with terror groups could have their children removed from their care, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said.
His comments came after news emerged that the wife of one Australian Islamic State (IS) militant wanted to return home with their children.
But Mr Dutton said such decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.
Proposals announced on Tuesday could see some Australians lose citizenship for supporting terror groups.
'Best interests'
Local media have reported that the wife and children of Australian IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf are trying to return to Australia.

The family of Sharrouf's wife, Tara Nettleton, is trying to help her and the couple's five children return to Sydney, Fairfax Media reported on Wednesday.
Among them is a young son believed to be the boy photographed last year holding the severed head of a Syrian.
Asked on Wednesday about news of their return, Mr Dutton said the childrens' mother, Tara Nettleton, could also be charged with terrorist offences.
He said the treatment of the children of returning suspects would depend on the circumstances and the ages of the children.
"If they're infants, for example, then they would be in state care, as we've seen with some people who have decided to abandon their children and go off and fight," he said.
"So those arrangements would operate as they would with any family where parents have abandoned their children or not acting in the best interests of their children."
Sharrouf was jailed in 2009 for four years for being part of a cell planning attacks in Sydney and Melbourne.
After his release he was banned from leaving the country but used his brother's passport to travel to Syria with his family.

Ms Nettleton's father, Peter Nettleton, told local media on Wednesday that he had not seen his daughter for 10 years and had only met two of his five grandchildren.
"I still love my daughter and I hope she comes home safely," Mr Nettleton said in a brief statement made from outside of his home in southern Sydney.
Ms Nettleton's mother, Karen, is reportedly trying to help her daughter and grandchildren return to Australia.
According to the government, at least 100 Australians are fighting with terror groups in the Middle East, and as many as half of them have dual citizenship.
Another 150 people in Australia are known to be supporting such groups, while Australia's intelligence agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), is investigating about 400 high-priority terrorist cases.

Source:BBC News

India heatwave kills 800 as capital's roads melt

At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50C.
Hospitals were on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors on Tuesday, with no end in sight to the searing conditions.
India's Meteorological Department said it had issued heat warnings to several states where temperatures were forecast to top 45C over the next few days.
"As of now, we don't predict any respite from the extreme heatwave for the next few days," said spokesman BP Yadav.
Hundreds of people, mainly from the poorest sections of society, die at the height of summer every year across the country, while tens of thousands suffer power cuts from an overburdened electricity grid.
Streets were deserted in Hyderabad, capital of the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, where 551 people have died in the last week, the AFP news agency reported.
"The state government has taken up education programmes through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water and other measures," said P Tulsi Rani, special commissioner for disaster management in the state.
"We have also requested NGOs and government organisations to open up drinking water camps so that water will be readily available for all the people in the towns."

Hyderabad street vendor P Gangamma said the heat was making her head pound, but she had no choice but to stay outside.
"For the past three days hot wind has been coming in," said the 65-year-old, who sells cigarettes on a busy intersection.
"I am a diabetes patient, but I have no husband and no sons, so I have to stay here and keep shop."

Large parts of India, including the capital New Delhi, have endured days of sweltering heat, prompting fears of power cuts as energy-guzzling air conditioners work overtime.
People are not coming out and they also don't feel like eating. All they want is to sip cold water all day.

The Hindustan Times daily said the maximum temperature in the capital hit a two-year high of 45.5C on Monday - five degrees higher than the seasonal average.
The paper carried a frontpage photo of a main road in the city melting in the heat, with the white pedestrian crossing stripes curling and spreading into the black asphalt.
Delhi street food vendor Hari Om said business was slow, with few people venturing out in the furnace-like conditions.
"All the food is getting spoilt even though I prepared it fresh in the morning. It's bad business but what to do," he said.
"People are not coming out and they also don't feel like eating. All they want is to sip cold water all day."
In Telangana state, which borders Andhra Pradesh in the south, 231 people have died in the last week as temperatures hit 48 degrees Celsius over the weekend.
In the western state of Orissa 11 people were confirmed to have died from the heat.
Another 13 people have died in the eastern state of West Bengal, where unions urged drivers in the city of Kolkata to stay off the roads during the day.
India's power industry has long struggled to meet rapidly rising demand in Asia's third largest economy, with poorly maintained transmission lines and overloaded grids.
The Hindustan Times warned that some of the hot, dry conditions could plunge the worst-affected states into drought before monsoon rains arrive.
The monsoon is forecast to hit the southern state of Kerala towards the end of this month before sweeping across the country, but it will be weeks before the rains reach the arid northern plains.
Source: AFP

Police rescue psychiatric patient from lynching over kidnap allegation

The timely intervention of detectives from Ondo State Police Command reportedly saved a 25-year-old psychiatric patient from being set ablaze for allegedly attempting to kidnap some primary school pupils in Ondo town, yesterday.
Some youths in Oka area of the town were about roasting him alive, when policemen arrived the scene.
Vanguard gathered that ýthe suspect, identified as Peter Oyeyemi, was accused of lurking around the school when youths saw him and kept a tab on him.
He was alleged to have lured some pupils only to be challenged by the youths, who searched him.
During the search, items discovered in his bags include passport-sized photographs of different persons, picture of a teenage girl, a tecno handset, cash, female dresses and a copy of Bible and Quran.
The youths raised an alarm that he was a kidnapper and more youths mobilised to the scene. They stripped him naked and while some of the youths went for a tyre, others made for petrol.
He was reportedly beaten to pulp before those who went for used tyre and petrol ýreturned.
Vanguard learned that some elders in the area informed the police who raced to the scene and whisked him away.
Police’s reaction
The command’s spokesman, Wole Ogodo, who confirmed the incident, however, said the suspect was a psychiatric patient who escaped from a mental home in the state capital.
According to him, police detectives discovered during interrogation that he was not mentally balanced.
Ogodo said his parents had been contacted and that they confirmed that he escaped from the psychiatric hospital in Akure, where he was receiving treatment.
He said: “The suspect was mistaken for a kidnapper. He is not. He is a psychiatric patient and his parents have gone to the station to show the police the documents of his health status.”
He, however, appealed to the people of the state not to take laws into their hands, advising that suspected criminals should be reported to the police.
The spokesman, who noted that but for the timely intervention of policemen the suspect would have been roasted alive on an allegation that was not proven, warned that jungle justice would not be tolerated in the state.


Senate President: Support for Lawan, Akume ticket swells

THE support for  Senators Ahmed Lawan and George Akume as Senate President and Deputy Senate President in the Eighth Assembly has increased.
A ranking senator, who said this yesterday, added that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the cham ber “are excited by the new team”, which has the support of 40 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators.
It was learnt that as the Lawan-Akume ticket was announced at the weekend, many senators-elect, who had not made up their minds before the retreat, supported the duo “because of the ticket and issue-based campaign”.
The “Unity Forum” of the Senate, led by Senator Barnabas Gamade, at the weekend, announced the coming together of the two aspirants.
Explaining that the ticket is unbeatable, ranking senators-elect likened it to the presidential ticket of the APC, which won the presidential election.
They added: “All senators-elect across the political divide in the yet to be inaugurated Senate are already identifying with team, especially those in APC.
“In terms of the experience, we have been telling our distinguished colleagues across party lines that the Lawan-Akume ticket will provide the nation with the much desired legislative know-how because Lawan is going to be the highest ranking APC senator in the Eighth Assembly. Senator Akume is a former governor and a legislator in the last eight years. He is the Minority Leader.”
The senators-elect said it was not difficult to sell the tickets to their colleagues as one that would be on the same page with the Executive on the issue of corruption “because Lawan and Akume, from the available record of their service to the country in the public domain, have been on the same page with Nigerians on the menace”.
“From the pronouncements of our party leaders and their body language, what is of utmost importance to them is for the National Assembly to start on a clean slate with principal officers who will be seen as not only transparent, but transparently honest and do not carry any baggage of past scandal, no matter how small,” they added.
It was gathered that the PDP leaders in the Senate have reaffirmed their readiness to vote for Lawan and Akume “with the collapse of the campaign structures of the two senators into one”.
APC ranking senators-elect said their counterparts in the opposition party told them that the Lawan-Akume ticket had made things easy for them, “following the ongoing engagements between APC leaders and the opposition leaders in the National Assembly”.
Some PDP senators-elect were quoted as promising not to “betray” the Lawan-Akume ticket should there be need for election on June 4 when the eight session of the National Assembly will be inaugurated.

Source:The Nation

Speaker of the House of Reps., Aminu Tambuwal bows out , hands over to Deputy, Ihedioha

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, bowed out on Tuesday after handing over the leadership of the legislature to his deputy, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, who will round off the tenure of the House on June 5.

Tambuwal, who is the Governor-elect for Sokoto State, will be inaugurated on May 29 as governor.

His decision to transfer power to Ihedioha ahead of the May 29 handover date was to avoid a possible constitutional crisis of taking oath of office for two separate offices.

While he will be inaugurated as governor on May 29, his current tenure as a member of the House will end on June 6.

Tambuwal, who spoke with journalists soon after Tuesday’s sitting of the House, disclosed that the members agreed at an executive session that Ihedioha should preside over the affairs of the House till June 6.

“My stay here in the House would have effectively come to an end on May 29 after I would have been inaugurated as governor.

“We have to avoid any possible issues on this, since the constitution is silent on what happens when a sitting Speaker has to move to another office,” he added.

According to him, the 1999 Constitution does not envisage a situation where the Speaker will leave one office for another, while the oath taken for the current one is subsisting.

However, he noted that under the Standing Orders of the House, a Speaker Pro-tempore was required to be elected by members to run the House for any period the substantive Speaker would not be available.

But, he explained that the extant case was different because he would not return to the House anymore.

“At our executive session, a member came up with an ingenious way of dealing with the matter on hand, which members accepted.

“He came up with the idea that the portion of the House rules in question should be suspended to enable the deputy speaker to continue to preside over the House instead of electing a new Speaker,” Tambuwal added.

Tambuwal stated that the other alternative would have been to shut down the House before June 6, but said he was not in support of such a move.

“I won’t shut down the House. The House can sit tomorrow ( today), Thursday and possibly the other sitting days of next week,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the contestants for the speakership of the 8th Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Monguno, on Tuesday voluntarily withdrew from the race.

Monguno, who is from Borno State, said that he was stepping down to back the candidature of House Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, one of the frontline contenders.

Monguno added that he would instead join Gbajabiamila for the position of deputy speaker.

Part of a statement he issued in Abuja, read, “After broad consultations and thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the office of the Speaker in the 8th Assembly.

“Instead, I give my full endorsement to my friend and colleague, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who I believe has the requisite qualification to lead the 8th Assembly in the onerous task of addressing the important and pressing needs of the citizens of this nation.

“I will instead be running for the Deputy Speaker position on a joint ticket with Hon. Gbajabiamila.”

The PUNCH had long reported that Gbajabiamila and Monguno were working toward forming an alliance for a joint ticket.

Source: Punch

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Italian Mafia boss Pasquale Scotti held in Brazil after 30 years on the run

An Italian organised crime boss convicted for more than 20 murders has been caught in Brazil after 31 years on the run.
Pasquale Scotti - a leading member of the Camorra, a Naples-based mafia-style crime gang - escaped from an Italian hospital in 1984.
He was found in the Brazilian city of Recife, and police said his fingerprints confirmed his identity.
He is now expected to be extradited to Italy in the next few days.
Scotti had evaded police since escaping from hospital, where he was being treated after a shoot-out with police.
Scotti was convicted for extortion, murder and firearms offences committed between 1980 and 1983. In his absence, he received a life sentence, and a warrant for his arrest was issued in Italy in 1991.
However, many reports - based on evidence given by a former Camorra associate of Scotti - said he had died soon after his escape in 1984.
According to Italy's Interior Ministry, Scotti was arrested in Recife in an operation that brought together officers from Naples' police, Italian anti-mafia officers, Brazilian police and Interpol.
Reports in Brazil said Scotti, 56, was held while driving his two children, aged 12 and 15, to school. He was reportedly using the pseudonym Francisco de Castro Visconti, owned a food import company and was a partner in a nightclub.
Brazilian police said Scotti had fake identification and was even registered to vote in Recife.

Source:  BBC News

Rocket from Gaza lands in southern Israel

One out of five experimental rockets launched from the Gaza Strip has landed in southern Israel, Al Jazeera has learned.
Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian group Hamas, confirmed that they fired five experimental rockets on Tuesday into the sea but one of them landed by mistake in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, on the Mediterranean coast.
The last time a rocket was fired from Gaza, with no group claiming responsibility, was April 23. 
In response, Israeli tanks opened fired on a northern Gaza military training camp belonging to Qassam Brigades, Israeli security sources said.
No injuries were reported.

Source:Al Jazeera

EXTRADICTION TO US : NDLEA dares Court, vows to maintain siege on Nigerian Senator-elect, Kashamu’s house

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that an order issued by a federal court, Tuesday, directing its personnel to vacate Buruji Kashamu’s home, would not stop it from performing its statutory responsibilities “in a lawful manner”.
Mr. Kashamu, a prominent member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and Senator-elect for Ogun East, is wanted in the United States for drug related offences.
A Court in Lagos had issued a ruling ordering NDLEA operatives who had laid a siege on Mr. Kashamu’s home in Lagos, since the early hours of Saturday, to vacate the politician’s house.
The NDLEA said its operatives placed Mr. Kashamu under house arrest after it received a formal extradition request from the U.S.
On Monday, Mr. Kashamu failed to appear for the extradition hearing, with his lawyers claiming that the anti-narcotics agency did not have a court warrant for the house arrest.
In addition to the court’s vacation order on Tuesday, the judge also summoned Mohammed Adoke and Ahmadu Giade, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Chairman of the NDLEA respectively, to appear before him at the next adjourned date.
But in a reaction to the vacation order, the NDLEA said it had not received the court order and described media reports of the judge’s decision as “diversionary and inconsequential”.
“The NDLEA does not believe that any court will issue an order preventing a government agency from performing its statutory responsibilities in a lawful manner,” Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency’s spokesperson said in a statement.
“The agency has therefore refused to be distracted and will continue to maintain presence at the residence. It is advisable that Kashamu respects the law by submitting himself to the due process of the law.
“The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that his rights like that of other citizens shall be respected and the due process of law followed in this case.
“The agency is prepared to further increase her public rating and goodwill in the areas of suspect handling, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are prepared to explore all legal means in handling this case to a logical conclusion.”
The NDLEA spokesperson insisted that the agency had received a formal request from the United States Government for Mr. Kashamu’s extradition.
He also said that contrary to the claims by Mr. Kashamu’s lawyers, that the agency has a provisional Warrant of Arrest on him.
“According to official record, Kashamu has been a target of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over 20 years and was further indicted by the Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on heroin trafficking charges,” Mr. Ofoyeju said.

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Two suspected kidnappers, leader’s wife arrested in Ekiti ,South- West Nigeria

Ekiti State Police Command has arrested two suspected kidnappers and wife of the kingpin that allegedly abducted 11 victims, who were freed in the early hours of Saturday.

Ekiti State Governor said one Olumide, 31, and one Folorunsho, both from Esure Ekiti were arrested between Ikere Ekiti and Iju Ekiti while trying to escape.
According to a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the wife of Austin, the leader of the gang, who was supplying food and other items to them was also arrested.
“A manhunt has been launched for the remaining five to six of the kidnappers, who are believed to hail from Benin and its environs in Edo State,” the statement said.
 Fayose, who noted that the three people, who accommodated them were also arrested said his government was planning to enact a law that would empower the police to arrest landlords of criminals in the state.
He said the proposed law would also ensure prosecution and demolition of such building accommodating criminals.
He reiterated his government desire to pay N2m reward for anyone with useful information on how to arrest the kidnappers.
The governor advised people, living in areas considered as hideouts for criminals, to report suspected persons to the Police.


US aging Catholic nuns find solace in Jewish nursing home in Bronx

For sisters of New York diocese, news that they were being placed in a Jewish care home caused some consternation. But home's managers say, 'This has succeeded more that we could have imagined.'

For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life.



She always thought she would live out her days as she had for decades, in a convent under the time-honored Roman Catholic tradition of younger nuns dutifully caring for their older sisters.


Sister Angela Rooney. 'I don't think anyone came here with a heavier heart than me' (Photo: AP)


But with few young women choosing religious life, her church superiors were forced to look elsewhere for care, and in the past year have sent Rooney and dozens of other nuns to Jewish Home Lifecare, a geriatric-care complex in the Bronx founded as a nursing home for elderly Jews.


"I wanted my convent, my great big chapel, my Stations of the Cross," Rooney said. "The very name 'Jewish Home' turned me off. ... I don't think anyone came here with a heavier heart than me."


Rooney and 57 other sisters, ages 73 to 98, have since adjusted nicely to their new accommodations and neighbors, becoming an active part of classes and continuing their ministry with good deeds like holding the hands of dying patients on the hospice floor.


"This is home now," said 83-year-old Sister Grace Henke. "When we first came, we were fish out of water."


Sister Rosemarie Bittermann. 'We've almost all acclimated' (Photo: AP)



It's an unusual situation that reflects a reality of US Catholic nuns in the 21st century: Fewer young women are devoting their lives to religious orders, and those who are already nuns are aging and facing escalating health care needs.


There are now more sisters over age 90 than under age 60, said Mary Gautier, a researcher at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The center's 2009 study found that 80 percent of U.S. nuns were over 60.


"Their model of caring for their older sisters is no longer sustainable," said Robin Eggert, president of the Realm consulting group, which has worked with several nuns' orders to find solutions.


The entrance to the Jewish Home Lifecare complex (Photo: AP)


Eggert said a number of women's religious orders have partnered with outside organizations offering skilled nursing, assisted living and other levels of care, but "We've never done Jewish before."


The Sisters of Charity of New York has seen its numbers decline from a 1960s peak of 1,350 to 270 today, and no new sisters had joined in the US in 20 years. It was the first order to put out a request for proposals that was answered by the nonprofit Jewish Home Lifecare. Two other orders based in Manhattan, the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary and the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, followed.


Several of the nuns now living at Jewish Home, including retired teachers, social workers and nurses, said they were very happy after some original hesitation.


"We've almost all, 95 percent, accepted and acclimated. Those who were resistant have kind of calmed down," said 92-year-old Sister Rosemarie Bittermann.


"It certainly fit our needs," said Sister Loretta Theresa Richards, 86. "We can stay together, we have our own little chapel. They went out of their way to find a space for us to have Mass. I have to say it was so nice. I was a little reluctant, because I took a vow of poverty."

Sister Loretta Theresa Richards. 'I miss bacon' (Photo: AP)


Some things are different, however. While Jewish Home Lifecare is now nondenominational -- most residents are Christian -- its Jewish heritage remains apparent, with a resident rabbi and kosher-style meals in the independent living residences.


"I miss the bacon," Richards said. Added Sister Maria Goretti Mannix, 83: "I notice that we never get ham or pork chops. The food is good, though."


The nuns' care is funded through a combination of government insurance, the New York archdiocesan health plan, payments from the order itself and the individual sisters' scant assets.


While the nuns were allowed to room near one another -- most are on the same floor as several colleagues -- they were also encouraged to join the home's open-to-all activities.


A room has been set aside at the home for Mass. 'We have our own little chapel' (Photo: AP)


Regina Melly, a senior vice president at Jewish Home Lifecare, said the sisters have greatly benefited the Bronx campus.


"This has succeeded more that we could have imagined," she said. "From the beginning, they talked about continuing their ministry here, and they've touched the other residents and staff from the day they arrived. You'll see, in the dining room, they don't sit all together, they sit with the other residents. The people here love them."


The nuns have been learning Spanish, teaching English and packing medical packages for overseas. Eggert said the sisters, "since they feel they are one big family," have been especially attentive to residents who don't get regular visits from relatives.


Source:Associated Press/Ynetnews.com