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Senator Elisha Abbo
Nigerian youngest lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo, has attracted criticisms from Nigerians after being caught on video slapping a nursing mother repeatedly at a sex toy shop in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

Abbo, who defeated  Senator Binta Garba in the Adamawa North senatorial district election, was seen assaulting the woman in a video posted by Premium Times.

The assault, which reportedly occurred on May 11, 2019, was done in the presence of an armed policeman who rather than assist the victim, arrested her.

Abbo entered the shop around 6pm with three young women to purchase adult toys.

But shortly after they began shopping for the toys, one of the three girls started throwing up. She vomited multiple times, prompting the shop owner to remark that the woman should have vomited outside and not inside her shop.

Abbo, who was said to be agitated by the sudden illness of the girl, was said to have accused the shop owner of poisoning the store’s air conditioner.

The shop owner’s argument that if the air conditioner had been contaminated others in the shop would have also taken ill was said to have angered Abbo, and the two began exchanging words over the matter.

The senator was said to have called a policeman who he then ordered to arrest the shop owner.

The shop owner quickly called her father to inform him that Abbo had called police over the matter and that she was about to be taken away.

The shop owner’s friend who had been standing nearby tried to intervene by pleading with the second man to take things easy but was slapped repeatedly by the lawmaker.

Meanwhile, the video has sparked outrage on social media.
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A view shows a facility, where nearly 100 whales including orcas and beluga whales are held in cages, during a visit of scientists representing explorer and founder of the Ocean Futures Society Jean-Michel Cousteau in a bay near the Sea of Japan port of Nakhodka in Primorsky Region, Russia April 7, 2019

Russia on Monday signed an agreement with a group of international scientists to free nearly 100 whales that have been held for months in cramped pens in Russia’s Far East, a scandal that has triggered a wave of criticism.


Images of the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales, kept in enclosures in a bay near the Sea of Japan port of Nakhodka, first appeared after they were caught last summer by firms which planned to sell them to marine parks or aquariums in China.

Their plight angered animal rights groups and spurred a petition to release the whales, shared by actor Leonardo DiCaprio on social media, which gathered almost 1.5 million signatures online. Actress Pamela Anderson also posted an open letter to Russian President Putin on her website.

The Kremlin intervened and ordered local authorities to act, prompting Russia’s FSB security service to bring charges against four companies for breaking fishing laws.

But although the Kremlin agreed that the whales were held in cruel conditions, it said it was difficult to release them into the wild without harming them.

On Monday, however, international scientists, including Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of French marine expert Jacques Cousteau, signed a joint agreement with Russian scientists, backed by the local authorities, to free the mammals.

Their release is likely to be phased.

“A decision in principle has been taken to release all the animals into the wild,” Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Primorsky Region, told reporters after the signing ceremony.

“Scientists from Cousteau’s team and Russian scientists will decide when and which animals to release.”


A special rehabilitation facility for whales would be set up under the agreement, with conditions as close as possible to their natural environment. Any whales in the Sea of Japan that were hurt or got into trouble could be treated there, said Kozhemyako.

Cousteau told reporters it was a very emotional moment for him and the scientists would do all they could to save the animals.

“I know it’s a lot of work, but I have no doubt that we are going to succeed,” said Cousteau.

The scientists promised they would devise a plan to release the whales, some of which were captured as long ago as July, by next month.

The Kremlin has said Russia has no direct ban on catching whales, but they can only legally be caught in specific circumstances, for scientific and educational purposes.

Source: Russia Says It Will Release Orcas, Belugas From 'Whale Jail' by WochitNews
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A youth kisses the ring of Pope Francis

The mystery of why Pope Francis repeatedly withdrew his right hand as a long line of people bowed and tried to kiss it this week has been resolved – he did not want to spread germs.


“It was a simple question of hygiene,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters on Thursday after he asked the pope directly.

Gisotti explained that there were many people in line and the pope did want to spread germs as one person after another repeatedly kissed his hand at short intervals.

Monday’s footage went viral on social media and was featured on late-night comedy shows in the United States.

The pope’s refusal quickly entered what are known as the Catholic cultural wars between conservatives and progressives.

One conservative Catholic website that often criticises the pope called the episode “disturbing” and another said the pope should resign if he did not like rituals.


“He likes to embrace people and be embraced by people,” Gisotti said.

The spokesman noted that the pope does allow individuals to kiss his hand and ring in limited numbers, such as he did with an elderly Italian nun at Wednesday’s general audience when Francis award her for decades of service to the poor in Africa.

Some Vatican watchers noted that even former Pope Benedict, a hero to nostalgic conservatives, and his predecessor John Paul, did not like having their hands kissed – at least not by long lines of people, for the sake of expediency.

A close papal aide told Reuters on Tuesday he was “amused” by all the fuss.

Source: Pope Francis pulls hand away to avoid ring kissing by WPTV
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Tyler Cassel removes belongings from a flea market damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Rescuers will pick through the rubble of ravaged beach communities searching for survivors on Friday after Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, slammed into the Florida Panhandle, killing at least seven people.


Michael struck Florida‘s northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), pushing a wall of seawater inland and causing widespread flooding.

The storm tore entire neighbourhoods apart, reducing homes and businesses to piles of wood and siding, damaging roads and leaving scenes of devastation that resembled the aftermath of a carpet-bombing operation.

US Army personnel used heavy equipment to push a path through debris in Mexico Beach to allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead. Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones and GPS in the search.

“We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This is obviously the worst,” said Stephanie Palmer, a FEMA firefighter and rescuer from Coral Springs, Florida.

Much of downtown Port St. Joe, 12 miles (19 km) east of Mexico Beach, was flooded after Michael snapped boats in two and hurled a large ship onto the shore, residents said.

“We had houses that were on one side of the street and now they’re on the other,” said Mayor Bo Patterson, who watched trees fly by his window as he rode out the storm in his home seven blocks from the beach.


Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500 people.

Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida town of Mexico Beach as the storm made landfall. Brandon Clement shot helicopter footage of the devastation left by the Category 4 storm on October 11.

The video shows flattened homes, roofs ripped apart, and debris scattered throughout Mexico Beach. Credit: Brandon Clement via Storyful.

Jordon Tood, 31, a charter boat captain in Port St. Joe, said: “There were mandatory evacuation orders, but only idiots like us stuck around.”

“This was my sixth (hurricane), so I thought I was prepared,” he said.

In Apalachicola, about 30 miles (48 km) east of where the storm made landfall, a little less than half of the 2,200 people stayed and rode out the storm, residents said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this craziness,” said Tamara’s cafe owner Danny Itzkovitz, 54, as he was busy grilling burgers. “We’ve had storms before – in ’05 we had four or five in a row. I didn’t even take the boards off my window. But, holy smokes, this one kicked our butt.”


CHECKING DOOR TO DOOR

The storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off a wall at Jinks Middle School in Panama City. A year ago, the school welcomed students and families displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking,” Principal Britt Smith said by phone. “I have been up since 3:30 or 4 am emailing and checking on staff to see if they are safe. So far, everybody seems to be very safe.”

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, a measure of a hurricane’s force, Michael was the third strongest storm on record to hit the continental United States, behind only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

It weakened overnight to a tropical storm.

Source: Helicopter Video Captures the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida by Storyful

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 15 miles (25 km) north-east of Norfolk, Virginia, at 10 pm (0200 GMT), with top sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph) as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the US National Hurricane Center said.

It was toppling trees and bringing life-threatening flash flooding to areas of Georgia and Virginia, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, as it marched northeast.

At least seven people were killed by falling trees and other hurricane-related incidents in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, according to state officials.


Emergency services carried out dozens of rescues of people caught in swiftly moving floodwaters in North Carolina.

Many of the injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Centre treated some but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it faced challenges running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, according to a spokesman for the hospital’s owner, HCA Healthcare Inc.

Almost 1.2 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia on Thursday because of the storm.

The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross.

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the US Agriculture Department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanut crops, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9 billion and affecting up to 3.7 million crop acres (1.5 million hectares).

Michael also disrupted energy operations in the US Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 per cent and natural gas output by nearly a third as offshore platforms were evacuated.
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The helicopter is seen crashed in New York City's East River
A helicopter carrying six people crashed in New York City’s East River on Sunday, killing all passengers, while the pilot escaped, police said.

Two of the five passengers died at the scene and three were taken to two area hospitals where they later died, a spokesman for the New York City Police spokesman confirmed early Monday.

The pilot freed himself and was rescued and was treated and released in good condition from a hospital, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Eurocopter AS350 went down near the northern end of Roosevelt Island at about 7 p.m. and was investigating. The National Transportation Safety Board said its investigative team would arrive on Monday.

“It’s a great tragedy,” said New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro at a press conference late Sunday. “It took a while for the divers to get these people out.”

Nigro said when the divers reached the helicopter it was inverted and in 50 feet of water with below 40-degree Fahrenheit water temperatures and four-mile-an hour currents.

The passengers were tightly harnessed and the harnesses had to be cut and removed to free the passengers in the helicopter, he added.

A Reuters photographer witnessed three people recovered by rescue divers being wheeled on stretchers onto a midtown pier shortly before 9 p.m.

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the aircraft was registered to Liberty Helicopters, a sightseeing and charter service in New York, and was on a private charter “photo shoot.”

The U.S. Coast Guard launched three boats to aid in the response, joining New York City emergency responders.

“It kind of hit sideways and just flipped over,” Brianna Jesme, 22, an Upper East Side resident who witnessed the crash, told Reuters TV.

Video of the incident filmed by an onlooker and posted on Twitter showed a red helicopter descending toward the water at dusk, then landing with a large splash before tipping onto its right side, its tail lights still flashing.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage.

The NYC Ferry said late Sunday on Twitter that service on the Astoria and East River routes was currently suspended until further notice because of the helicopter crash.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross, (ICRC) which facilitated the release of three abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers ten policewomen says Islamist group, Boko Haram is still holding many people captive against their will.

The women were abducted along Damboa Road when their convoy was carrying the body of a dead police personnel home for burial, while the university lecturers were abducted while conducting oil prospective in the Lake Chad area.

The kidnap took place in Borno state.

ICRC deputy regional director for Africa, Patrick Youssef disclosed this in a series of tweet and video posted on his verified and official twitter handle.

“We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again”.

“There are many people missing or being held against their will due to the conflict. We hope that these people, too, will get to return to their families soon”.

The agency head of Nigeria delegation, Eloi Fillion also stated that ICRC was not directly involved in the negotiations leading to their release.

“ICRC was not involved in negotiations leading to their release. Our neutrality does not allow our taking part in political negotiations. We act as neutral intermediary when requested to do so by the parties to the armed conflict”.
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A hospital has released surveillance video, showing a nurse saving a baby when he caught the child with one hand.

The incident occurred after first-time father Carlos Henrique, placed his son’s car seat down on the reception counter at a hospital in Teofilo Otoni, Brazil.

As he placed the car seat down, the baby fell out and rolled down to the floor.

Receptionist Leonardo Araujo acted quickly. He reached his arm out and caught the newborn baby boy just inches from the ground.
The father, who is a businessman, was horrified over the incident as he thought he had strapped his baby into the car seat, but it turned out that he did not close it correctly.

Araujo, who has worked in hospitals for over 14 years, said that he was finalizing the mother's paperwork so she can go home when the incident unfolded.

Thankfully, baby Enzo was not injured. Henrique and his wife Leah, stayed at the hospital for another half an hour to make sure that the baby was fine.

“I am still in shock,” Henrique said before he left. “I just want to forget this moment and raise my son,” he added.
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Rapper Lil Wayne declared racism dead on Tuesday, citing his white concertgoers as an example.

When asked by “Undisputed” co-host Skip Bayless about a predominantly white Westchester audience for which he’d once performed, the New Orleans native said it signified to him “there was no such thing as racism.”

“A lot of white kids love rap. Explain that. What does that say to you; what’s the message of it; what’s the bigger picture of it?” Bayless asked.

“I don’t want to be bashed, beacuse I don’t want to sound like I’m on the wrong if there is a side, but I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” Wayne replied. “That’s what I thought that was. That was a perfect example.”

“When I’m coming out the bottom of the stage at my show ... and I open my eyes, and I see everybody,” he added, “I don’t have this type of crowd or that type of crowd. My crowd has always been everybody, thank God.”

Weezy who last year was portrayed by country singer Jason Aldean sporting blackface offered a slightly more muddled assessment of American race relations earlier in the interview.

“I have never dealt with racism, and I’m glad I didn’t have to. I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings ... but it is my reality,” he said. “I thought it was over; I still believe it’s over. But obviously it isn’t.”

When discussion turned to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing national anthem protest against police brutality, Wayne demurred and said he didn’t know enough to voice an opinion, though he conceded, “I respect the man and his decision.”

Wayne also refuted widespread rumors of his retirement, which he stoked early Sept. 3 after tweeting, “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I'm dun.”

The rapper explained he’d simply been pushed to a “tipping point” by his ongoing feud with Cash Money Records CEO Birdman, who he sued last year for a reported $51 million in royalties.

“This was a tweet after an argument,” he said. “I have a family. I have kids. I have a mother. We got bills. This is business. So once the business is right, then everything is right.”

When asked by guest host Shannon Sharpe if he and his former pal would ever mend fences, Wayne replied with a simple “No, sir.”