Monday, 10 February 2014

Police catch Herbalists with human head

The Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), at the weekend paraded two herbalists and five other suspects who were caught with a severed ‘human head’. Among the suspects paraded at NSCDC’s headquarters at Railway Quarters, Ibadan, were three middle-aged women.

A coffin, three cars, calabash, clothes, 16 hand sets, charms and other items were also recovered from the suspects who claimed to be natives of Oyo town.

The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Shem Obafaiye told journalists that the suspects were arrested at Iware, Oyo State, following an intelligence report.

The severed head found on the suspects had a deep machete cut and was dripping blood but the suspects claimed it was not a real head.

One of the herbalists, Hamidu, who is the group leader said he was not a ritualist but was only in the act of defrauding his clients by presenting them with fake parts.

“I was in my office when I started hearing gunshots. What you are looking at is not a human head as they claimed, we used cassava flour to mould it. We put blood we got from a cow so that it would look as a real human blood. I agree that I am a fraudster and not a ritualist. I have been practising as herbalist for the past 10 years. I don’t kill human beings.”

But Obafaiye insisted that the issue of the head being fake or not would be deciphered after the coroner’s inquiry.

According to him, the suspects would be handed over to the State Security Service (SSS) for further investigation.

The NSCDC boss however, advised that parents should monitor the movement of their children . Ritualists, he warned, were always lurking around.

 source: the sun

15 die as boat capsizes

According to reports,at least 15 people have drowned after a boat overcrowded with holiday revellers capsized on a river in India’s eastern Odisha state.

Police, firefighters and emergency workers rescued dozens of people from the water, after the boat sank on Sunday in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, about 1,300km (800 miles) southeast of New Delhi, state government official Pradeep Kumar Mahapatra said.

Rescuers used flashlights to search overnight for six or seven people feared trapped in the hull, Mahapatra said.

Odisha Sun Times, a local news website, said 16 people were still missing.

Survivors said the boat had been carrying more than 90 people back from a picnic on the opposite banks of the Hirakud reservoir.

Authorities were investigating the accident.

Panul Okoye set to wed

Paul Okoye, one half of the music duo P Square, has picked March 22nd, 2014 for his traditional wedding to heartthrob, Anita Isama According to a press statement released this evening by P-Square publicist, Bayo Adetu.

The ceremony will hold at Aztech Arcum Events Centre, Port Harcourt in Rivers state. Congrats to them.

YAY OR NAY? Seyi Law's new look

The comedian recently revealed this new look while on holiday with his wife.
What do you think?

My take on United's match with Fulham

After that performance on Sunday, it is time for Manchester United to stop considering Nemanja Vidic their first-choice centre-back. They need to look to the future, assuming everybody is fit. He was at fault for Fulham’s late equaliser when he should have headed the ball away and it must be better to play the younger players now.Once you know you are leaving a club, it is normal for your level to drop. I’ve played with people who knew they were leaving a club and it was clear that they had one eye on the future.

You see that in Vidic’s performances — is he giving his all or worried about getting injured? He is certainly making too many mistakes and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling deserve a chance to prove themselves.I’m not convinced they or Jonny Evans are a long-term solution for United but they must be given the opportunity. Sir AlexFerguson said Jones could be a United great but we need to find out now whether that is true.

surfer punches shark in the face to stop attack In New Zealand

A British surfer Darren Mills was forced to turn to boxing when he was attacked by a shark in New Zealand. He escaped death when he ‘punched and pushed’ the shark after it sunk its teeth into him.

‘I tried to punch it but it was more like a push,’ added the 28-year-old, who suffered a serious bite wound to his right leg after Friday’s attack.‘I was pretty scared it was going to come back,’ he said from his hospital bed in the southern city of Invercargill yesterday.

He managed to stay on his board and ride a wave back to land.A holidaying doctor and nurse on the shore gave him first aid until a rescue helicopter arrived to fly him to hospital.Fellow surfer Nick Smart, who witnessed the incident, said: ‘He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him.‘You could see blood and he was definitely in pain.’Mr Mills’ surfboard is pockmarked with a semicircle of tooth marks from what experts, given the bite’s size, believe was a 9ft great white shark.‘When the attack first happened I was, like, “I’m not even getting in the bath tub again,”’ he said.‘But I just want to get back and surf again. I just feel really, really lucky. Really lucky,’ he added.

How to eat yourself happy

Scientists claim that eating the right nutrients can improve our mood. Today,we see exactly which foods will most benefit you.

GO WITH YOUR GUT  Recent research has suggested that gut problems can be responsible for triggering depression. Combat this by eating foods that encourage healthy digestion, with plenty of fibre and live yogurt.

STEER CLEAR OF CAFFEINE  Caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, cola) stimulate the release of insulin, which mops up sugar in the blood, causing an energy dip. Suddenly giving up all caffeine can lead to headaches, so cut back until you are drinking just one or two cups of coffee a day. Also avoid alcohol, which is a depressant.

DOSE UP ON VITAMIN D  Vitamin D deficiency can also trigger depression. We get vitamin D through the food we eat and exposure to sunlight on our skin. Optimise your chances of beating depression by eating plenty of vitamin D-rich foods (such as oily fish or eggs) and getting out in the daylight as much as you can.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Tragic Escalator accident

The Quebec coroner's office is conducting an autopsy on Naima Rharouity, a 47-year-old mother of two who was killed after a piece of clothing she was wearing became caught in an escalator at a Montreal train station.
Rharouity was at Fabre metro Thursday morning when the accident happened. It appears that she was traveling down an escalator when she fell. An item of clothing became stuck in the mechanism and tightened around her neck, strangling her. Rharouity was the mother of two young boys aged eight and five.Her family called the death a 'horrific accident.'According to CTV, her husband had just left for Morocco to make arrangements after his mother died.The coroner's office is seeking to determine what led to Rharouity's death.She was wearing a hijab at the time of her death, but it is unclear which item of her clothing became stuck. Witnesses told police they saw the unnamed victim struggling to free her scarf after it got lodged in the teeth of an escalator on her way down to the subway platform.‘While she was trying to pull up her scarf from the escalator, her hair got caught too and from there, everything got tied up at the end of the escalators,’ said Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, of the Montreal police.
By the time firefighters and EMS workers arrived on the scene, Rharouity went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
This is not the first time that an escalator caused bodily harm and even death.In 1989, a 2-year-old girl lost four fingers when her hand got caught in the teeth of an escalator as she was trying to pick up a bag of raisins at another Montreal subway stop.In 2004, 16 students riding an escalator in a Montreal high school were injured when the moving stairs abruptly stopped.Last year, a man in Seattle was strangled to death when his shirt got caught in an escalator at a transit station.Global News reported that in August 2013, a 10-year-old girl’s foot was maimed after being caught in an escalator at a Macy’s department store in in Paramus, New Jersey. 

Miracle man who spent 14 months adrift in the Pacific

Meet 'Miracle Man of the Pacific' Jose Salvador Albaniaga- the fisherman who survived on turtle blood, raw fish and seagull flesh for more than a year as he drifted helplessly across the world's largest ocean.
Jose had drifted in his 24ft boat for 14 months across 8,000 miles of treacherous seas, finally dragging himself ashore, his skin scorched by the unforgiving sun, his shorts in tatters decayed by the sea salt
Jose and his teenage fellow shark fisherman endured the most soul-destroying of conditions after their boat was left at the sole mercy of the currents when their engine broke down on December 21, 2012.Despite their attempts to attract other vessels, they continued to drift further out to sea. He watched his teenage fishing companion, aged between 15 and 18, slowly die under the relentless sun.Jose continued his own struggle for survival that was to endure for week after week, month after tortuous month, as he was forced to drink his own urine and pick ravenously at the raw flesh of seagulls.
'I survived because I prayed. I prayed all the time.'And while he believed that his faith had helped carry him through the 14 months he was adrift, it was also his determination to stay alive - grabbing turtles to drink their blood when there was no rain water, swallowing down his own urine, snatching seagulls to eat their flesh and hooking fish and eating them raw - that ensured his tenuous hold on life.'I thank God that I am here,' after his 24ft boat had drifted helplessly across 8,000 miles of treacherous seas, remarkably staying upright in storms, sitting idly in calm conditions, as the sole survivor thought about his family on a far-away continent.
A team of doctors were on hand to help Jose leave the naval vessel and transport him to a hospital. His blood pressure is a little low, but otherwise seemed to be in exceptional health considering what he'd endured'I'm alive, it is so good,' he said from his hospital bed after being brought to the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro.'I thank God and I thank the birds I caught to eat. I caught fish and at times I drank my own urine to have liquid.'Of his ill-fated companion, all he would say is 'I'm sad for him'.Jose said he desperately wanted to phone his family - his wife and his 10-year-old daughter - in El Salvador but he cannot remember the name of the village or a phone number. 'I have forgotten many things,' he told said. He has even forgotten exactly how old he is. He 'believes' he is about 36 to 38, even though his ordeal has made him appear much older.'He is here, with us, but he isn't here with us,' an interpreter who has spoken to Jose told MailOnline. 'He is still disorientated, there is no doubt about that.'Jose said: 'It has been a long time, but I feel safe now. I know, too that I will get back home.'When he arrived at the port in Majuro on board the naval ship that brought him from the atoll where he was found, he told MailOnline:
Miraculous survival: Jose Ivan, claims to have set off from Mexico for El Salvador in December 2012 but ended up traveling more than 8,000 miles to the Ebon Atoll.
Doctors said, however, that his body was bloated from the conditions he had suffered.His blood pressure was low and he walked cautiously, but it was more his mental condition than his physical appearance that medics on the main island suggested would be his greatest challenge in coming days.He is expected to suffer the ongoing effects of prolonged exposure, fear of death, starvation and lack of water. Watching his teenage companion die would have added to his ordeal - and that was before the real terror began as he drifted for more than a year across the ocean.
Authorities in El Salvador, where his family live, make arrangements for him to be flown home to his wife and daughter.It is not known that when he described his daughter as aged 10 whether he was referring to her when he had set off on his ill-fated fishing expediton.'I thought about them all the time,'. 'I think that by now they think that I am dead. So I want to go home and show them that I am alive. I thank God that I am here.'As evidence of his gratitude, when he was asked by interpreter Magui Vaca if he had prayed all the time, he put his hands together in an attitude of prayer. 'Always,' he replied.
Doctors said the fact that he was still alive after such a long period at sea, snatching what liquid and solid foods he could, was testament to his original good physical condition.A human can live for about three weeks without food but only three to five days without liquids.Turtle blood is rich in iron and proteins, providing the same sort of nutrition found in steak and eggs, but it is still a poor substitute for rainwater. He might also have consumed the turtles' eyes, for they are filled with fluid.Jose's constitution undoubtedly also ensured his survival.
Culled from mail online.

Awww..Beyonce and Jay Z kiss on stage during concert

At the end of their perfomance of their hit song 'Drunk in love', at the Direct TV Super Bowl concert at the Pier 40 in New York yesterday,the power couple kissed to the delight of fans. How sweet.

Creepy Standing corpse at wake keep

Mourners were in for a strange one at the wake of 23 year old Puerto Rican boxer Christopher Rivera Amaro who was shot dead in the city of Santurce on Sunday Jan. 26th. Christopher Rivera Amaro who is survied by a wife and three kids was propped up in a makeshift boxing ring for his wake keep which was fixed for Friday Jan. 31st.

Mourners who came to his wake at San Juan found him posed in the ring, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.
His family said they want people to remember him as a boxer and not a victim of gun violence.

Kevin Jonas of the jonas brothers welcomes newborn

On Sunday morning Kevin Jonas announced his wife Danielle was in labour as he shared images from the delivery room on his Instagram account.
Dreft, the laundry detergent company which was sponsoring the birth, was tasked with revealing the baby's name, 'Alena Rose Jonas,' and a snap of a tired mother and baby.
It was a bittersweet day for the Jonas family as little Alena arrived just one day after Kevin's grandfather's funeral took place.
His brother Nick tweeted: 'My grandfathers memorial was yesterday. Today we welcome a new addition to the jonas family. God is great. Can't wait to meet my new niece (sic).'. Meanwhile, their sibling Nick added: 'As one life ends, another begins. Incredibly happy to be an uncle for the first time. Welcome to this world my beautiful niece (sic).'
Congratulations to the jonas.

Finally back!

Hello friends,i know it's been a long time since we got updates on the blog..sorry for the long absence. The blog is finally back ao you can start inviting friends back and reminding other faithful readers that we are back in publication and will try to get the latest on everything news. Thanks for your loyalty :)