Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Popular lifestyle blogger in France killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser

*REBECCA BURGER*Ms Burger described herself as a fitness, travel, and fashion enthusiast

A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.

Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a "domestic accident".

A warning against the faulty dispensers was also posted to her Instagram account, saying it "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death".

French media reported she died of cardiac arrest after the incident, despite medical attention.

The popular fitness and travel figure was well-known in France, with some 55,000 Facebook fans and 154,000 followers on Instagram.

One of Ms Burger's family members took to Instagram, warning readers not to use the dispenser, saying that tens of thousands of "defective devices" remain in circulation.

INSTAGRAM*"An example of a whipped cream siphon that exploded"

A whipped cream dispenser works by injecting gas into a metal container, keeping the entire dispenser under high pressure.

One French consumer group has warned readers for years about faulty connectors on the gas capsules, causing them to break and expel at high speed.

The injuries caused range from broken teeth and tinnitus to multiple fractures and, in one case, the loss of an eye, consumer magazine 60 Millions said. But the magazine says new dispensers made since 2015 appear to be safe.

In 2013, one victim of an exploding cream dispenser told RTL radio: " I had six broken ribs, and my sternum was broken.

"At the hospital, I was told that if the shock and blast had been facing the heart, I would be dead now."

The number of accidents prompted the government office for consumers to issue a warning, saying the accidents stretch back as far as 2010, and can occur at any time - even after years of use.

At least one manufacturer issuing a product recall - but a year after that recall, only 25,000 were returned out of 160,000 copies sold, Le Parisien reported.

Source: BBC

Kogi State tertiary institutions workers suspend five-month-old strike

Kogi State University students.

Academic and non-academic staff in five Kogi State government-owned tertiary institutions have suspended their five-month-old strike.

The institutions are the Kogi State University, Ayangba, Kogi Polytechnic, Lokoja, College of Education, Ankpa, College of Education (Technical), Kabba and College of Nursing, Obangede.

Mr Moses Balogun, Chairman, Joint Action Committee of the tertiary institutions, who announced this on Wednesday in Lokoja, after a meeting with officials of the state government, said that the strike would be suspended “for four weeks”.

He directed the workers to resume work on Thursday, June 22.

“The workers decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the students and out of respect for the members of the governing councils of the tertiary institutions.

“The suspension is to allow government to pay arrears of workers salaries and implement tax relief packages approved by government since 2014,” Balogun said.

Balogun, while sympathising with students over the impact of the strike, appealed to government to meet the workers’ demands to prevent them from resuming the strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workers have been on strike since Jan. 31.

Among the workers demands are the implementation of 65 years retirement age for non-academic staff, complete investigation into certificate status of some staff and payment of salaries.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke, in a reaction, thanked the workers for suspending the strike and promised that government would fulfill its side of the agreement “within the next four weeks”.

Source: NAN

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Man jailed in Algeria for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook

FACEBOOK*Police arrested the man for putting the baby's life in danger

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook.

The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: "1,000 likes or I will drop him."

It prompted other social media users to demand his arrest for child abuse.

He was charged with endangering the baby's safety following his arrest on Sunday, police said.

The unnamed man dangled the child out of the 15th-floor window of an apartment block in the capital, Algiers, news site Al Arabiya reported.

Source: BBC

India arrests 15 for cheering Pakistan in Champions Trophy

AFPI*Pakistan beat India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy

Fifteen people have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly shouting "anti-India and pro-Pakistan" slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final.

Police told the BBC that the Muslim men had been charged with sedition.

They were arrested after their Hindu neighbours complained that they had burst crackers and shouted "pro-Pakistan" slogans during the game.

Pakistan won the final, defeating India by 180 runs.

Sedition is one of the most serious charges under the Indian penal code.

People charged with sedition have to surrender their passports, are not eligible for government jobs, must appear in court as and when required, and spend money on legal fees.

The India Today website quoted police as saying that the men were charged because of the anti-India slogans and not because they were cheering for Pakistan.

This is not the first time Indian Muslims have got into trouble for cheering for the Pakistan cricket team.

In 2014, 66 Muslim students from Indian-administered Kashmir were kicked out of their university in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and charged with disturbing communal harmony.

And in 2016, police were sent into a university in Indian-administered Kashmir after clashes between students from the state and other parts of the country.

Source: BBC

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

BEYONCE/INSTAGRAMImage captionBeyonce announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post in February

American pop star Beyonce has given birth to twins, according to media in the US.

Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People magazines confirmed the news, but the date of birth and gender of the babies are not yet publicly known.

Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, announced her pregnancy in an Instagram photo in February - the most-liked post in history on the network.

The couple already have a daughter, Blue Ivy, aged five.

There has been no official confirmation of the birth from Beyonce and Jay-Z themselves.

Other photos Beyonce posted after her pregnancy announcement showed her swimming under water, reclining on a bed of roses and sitting naked on a floral throne.

In one, the 'Lemonade' singer stood naked, cradling her belly with one hand and a breast with the other, next to the sculpted head of an Egyptian ruler.

BEYONCE.COM*Blue Ivy appeared with her mum in a number of photosBEYONCE.COM*Beyonce has posted the photos with text referring to Osun, an African deity of water, love and fertility

Speculation about the twins' birth had grown in recent days after a woman was photographed entering a Los Angeles hospital on Friday holding a card that read "B + J".

Beyonce is the most-nominated star in the history of the Grammy awards, and her album Lemonade was the world's best-selling record of 2016.

She had been due to headline the Coachella music festival in California in April, but pulled out on her doctor's advice.

The twins' birth - if confirmed - comes only days after actor George Clooney and his wife Amal welcomed their own set of twins, Ella and Alexander.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

How Senator Dino Melaye can be recalled — INEC

Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is not aware of any moves to recall Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Explaining the processes involved in recalling an elected lawmaker, Mr. Osaze-Uzzi said a petition signed by at least 50 per cent of the registered voters in that senatorial district must be submitted to the commission.

“It is only when the petitioners get 50 per cent of the registered voters that they can submit a recall petition to the commission.

“That is when INEC can commence the recall process, but we have not received such petition.’’

Mr. Osaze-Uzzi said upon the receipt of such petition, the commission would also embark on verification, to ascertain whether the recall petition was actually signed by registered voters in that senatorial district.

He said in conducting the verification of the signatures, the commission would also need to inform the senator involved and the petitioner, to set a date for agents from both sides to be involved in the exercise.

“It is only when we are satisfied with that, we now go for a referendum. That is what the constitution states.

“For now, we don’t know if anybody is trying to recall him until a petition is submitted to the commission.’’

The director further said that the commission would notify the public if anybody or group was able to mobilise the required number of signatures and send a petition to the commission.

Meanwhile, Mr. Melaye had alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi had released N200 million for each of the seven Local Governments in Kogi West Senatorial district for the reported ongoing moves to recall him.


LONDON INFERNO: Death toll expected to rise as some victims will 'NEVER be identified'

THE Grenfell Tower death toll is expected to rise as cops admit there are some victims who will never be identified as they search the remains of the inferno.

The blaze ripped through the tower in North Kensington in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Flames spread between the second and 24th floors as emergency services struggled to get the blaze under control.

The tower block fire was finally put out this morning as brave firefighters risked their lives to wade through the inferno.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said: "It may be - and I just don't know - it may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified.

"I won't know that until we've gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we've got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time.

"Not just the immediate recovery of the bodies we have found but the full search of that whole building we could be talking weeks we could be talking months - it is a very long process.

"There is a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody."

At least 17 casualties have already been confirmed by police and Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry.

But with many residents still missing and several people still believed to be inside the block, the death toll is expected to rise today.

And according to Sky's Adam Boulton, the number of deaths could be as high as 100, but emergency services remain hopeful the victims will not reach "triple figures".

It comes after the first victim was named as Syrian refugee Mohamad Al Haj Ali – according to Josie Ensor, the Daily Telegraph's Middle East correspondent.

A friend of his said in a heartbreaking statement: "He survived Assad, he survived the war, only to be killed in a tower block in London, there are no words."


TRAGIC: Flames ripped through the Grenfell Tower on Wednesday

“There are still unknown numbers of people in the tower”

Dany Cotton

A further 74 people – with 20 in a critical condition – are being treated in nearby hospitals.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said earlier that there are still “unknown numbers” of people in the tower but rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive.

Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said: “This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12."

Terrified residents scrambled to escape the fire – and one desperate parent even resorted tothrowing her baby out of the window.

The building is around 67m above ground level – just over half the size of Big Ben – and is situated near QPR's Loftus Road football ground in West London.


MOURNING: A vigil was held for the victims

The Queen has said her "thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones".

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy.

"I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers."

And Prime Minister Theresa May is "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life".

While construction firm Rydon – which completed a refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in 2016 – said it is "shocked to hear of the devastating fire" adding that the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

These people are missing in the Grenfell Tower tragedy

A senior detective, DCI Matt Bonner, has been appointed to lead the investigation.

Horrified witnesses have since recounted their terror at seeing the flames take hold – with one even comparing it to 9/11.

Terrified residents trapped on higher floors could even be seen constructing ropes from their bedsheets in a desperate bid to escape the flames.

The city of London was hit by severe travel delays as a result of the blaze – with road closures in the area and Tube services also hit.

Emergency centres were set up nearby to help those left homeless by the blaze.

A local church also offered refuge to people fleeing the fire as plans are made to help those who have lost everything.

Source: UK Daily Star

Amber Rose claims she has 'no time for penis' in graphic post

AMBER Rose may own the rudest Instagram profile ever.


STUNNER: Amber uses her good looks to gain attention

In yet another adults only post, the star has opened up about her sex life – claiming she hasn't been with a man since 2016.

Amber posted a picture of a girl crying along with the sentence: "When it's six months into 2017 and you still haven't been f***ed yet."

Not stopping there, Kanye West's ex captioned the snap: "When the world thinks you have orgies all day and mad dudes because ur sexually confident and body positive…


CRUDE: Amber posted this online

"But really you're a full-time mom/businesswoman and literally have no time for penis.[sic]"

Rushing to comment on the serious over share, one fan wrote: "Baby don't worry I'm just one DM away."

"No wonder you've been stressed out," a second added.

"Lack a d*** make a girl go crazy."

A third continued: "So me…but I'm on 7 months now this month.

"I didn't bring the new year in with any either."

Over the past week the former stripper has done just about anything and everything to court controversy.


TEASE: Amber is known for her X-rated snaps

First she posed full frontal to promote her annual S*ut Walk – leaving literally nothing to the imagination.

Putting her pubic hair on show, Amber left nothing to the imagination as she exposed her most intimate area to the world.

Then on Wednesday night she posted a diagram of a how to perform a sex act on her account.


Depicting a girl on her knees, the image showed the woman suggestively sucking on a man's fingers.

The snap was captioned: "Any woman that let you do this is nasty as f*** and will ruin your life.

"If you ever meet her, RUN![sic]"

Source: UK Daily Star

US YouTube star Austin Jones charged over child pornography

YouTube star Austin Jones has been arrested and charged in the US on two counts of producing child pornography.

The 24-year-old is accused of getting teenage girls to share naked images with him over social media.

Jones was stopped at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Monday and appeared in court on Tuesday.

With around 550,000 YouTube subscribers and more than 225,000 Twitter followers, Austin Jones is best known for performing covers of famous songs.

His version of My Chemical Romance's Welcome to the Black Parade has had more than five million views.

According to court records, Jones contacted two different 14-year-old girls on Facebook and Apple iMessage and encouraged them to send explicit images and videos of themselves.

During an interview with Homeland Security, the Chicago-based vlogger "admitted to having used his Facebook account to have sexually explicit chats with minor females," records say.

In one conversation, the 24-year-old is said to have told one of the teenagers "that she needed to 'prove' that she was his biggest fan" by sending videos of herself.

Source: BBC

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's wife shot dead

CHINA TV*Lipolelo Thabane was going through a prolonged divorce

The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration.

Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police say.

The police add the motive is unknown and an investigation is continuing.

The couple had been living separately since 2012 and filed for divorce which hasn't been granted yet.

BBC reported that neighbours claim there had been an incident earlier in the week when a group of unidentified men were spotted hammering on the First Lady's door.

She won a high court battle against her husband to secure the privileges of a First Lady, instead of Mr Thabane's youngest wife, Liabiloe, reports the AFP news agency.

Mr Thabane is now living with a third wife.

Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of Mr Thabane's All Basotho Convention party, told AFP that the prime minister was devastated by the shooting.

"Everyone is traumatised by these developments," he said.

The election took place earlier this month and was the third election in three years.

His inauguration is still expected to take place on Friday.

Source: BBC

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

America's Got Talent singer,Dr Brandon Rogers killed in car crash weeks before audition airs

A SINGER due to appear on America's Got Talent has died weeks before his audition was set to air.

Dr Brandon Rogers died after a car crash in Maryland over the weekend.

The 29-year-old was in the passenger seat of a friend's car when the vehicle veered off road and crashed into a tree.

The driver sustained no injuries, but Brandon and another passenger were hospitalised.


TRAGEDY: Dr Brandon Rogers died after being involved in a car crash

Rogers died on Sunday from his injuries.

The doctor had amassed a huge following on social media thanks to video clips of him covering classic songs.

After producers found a video of him singing Boyz II Men's On Bended Knee, he was invited to audition for America's Got Talent.

TMZ are reporting that while producers are as yet undecided as to whether they should air Brandon's audition, the tragic singer's family want the performance to be shown.


AUDITION: Brandon performed for Simon and co on America's Got Talent

Brandon's audition in front of Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel was scheduled to air next month.

Rogers' cover of On Bended Knee was even noticed by his idols Boyz II Men, who invited Brandon to perform with them for three nights at the Mirage in Las Vegas in January.

Following the news of Brandon's death, Boyz II Men wrote on Instagram: "Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers. A few months back we brought this young man out to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to perform with us.


HEARTBREAK: Boys II Men led the tributes after Brandon performed with them in January


HERO: Brandon worked as a doctor

"He was great all 3 nights! Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer!

"Gone too young and gone too soon. It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world. A great spirit and a great voice.

'Even for the little time we knew you you will be sorely missed. May God Bless, keep and comfort your family in this difficult time."

Source: UK Daily Star

Niger army rescues 92 stranded West African migrants in Sahara Desert

AFP*Many migrants make the treacherous journey in the hope of a better life in Europe

Troops in northern Niger have rescued nearly 100 migrants who were on the brink of death in the Sahara Desert, an army statement has said.

Traffickers abandoned the group, which included women and children, without water and food, it added.

One child is reported to have died, but there is no confirmation of this.

The route from Niger to Libya is one of the main ways migrants reach North Africa before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe.

However, the journey through the desert is perilous as the migrants are crammed into pick-up trucks and have little food or water.

More than 40 people died of thirst in the Sahara Desert about a fortnight ago after their truck broke down.

And last June, the bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, were found in the Sahara Desert near Niger's border with Algeria.

The rescued migrants were being looked after by the International Organisation for Migration in the garrison town of Dirkou in northern Niger.

"[The smugglers] tell them that if they do not have money, they cannot continue. So they are in a very vulnerable situation... And if they have no money or sometimes to avoid controls, migrants are abandoned and stay where they are," IOM head of mission Giusseppe Lopreta was quoted by French publication Jean Afrique as saying.

He added that the migrants - most of whom were from Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso - were saved because they were abandoned near a well.

The unforgiving conditions of the Sahara Desert mean that a broken down vehicle is often a death sentence for migrants.

Niger serves as a transit point for West Africans hoping to reach Europe to start a better life.

Every year, tens of thousands of migrants cross the Sahara to reach Libya. From the Libyan coast they board rickety boats to ferry them to Europe.

Many drown in the Mediterranean but, perhaps, less well known, are the dangers they face while crossing the Sahara.

It's not known how many deaths there are every year - as it's a vast, ungoverned region. But many migrants die of thirst, while others are robbed and attacked by criminal gangs and security forces.

Source: BBC

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for posting blasphemous content on Facebook

REUTERS*Facebook has yet to comment on the death sentence

A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.

Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site's comments.

The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.

Human rights campaigners have expressed concern.

Facebook itself has yet to comment on the case.

The US firm previously announced in March that it was deploying a team to Pakistan to address the government's concerns about blasphemous content on its service, but added that it still wished to protect "the privacy and rights" of its members.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has described blasphemy as being an "unpardonable offence".

Raza's case was heard by an anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur - about 309 miles (498km) from the capital Islamabad.

His defence lawyer said the 30-year-old had become involved in an argument about Islam on the social network with someone who had turned out to be a counter-terrorism official.

The public prosecutor said the accused had been arrested after playing hate speech and blasphemous material from his phone at a bus stop, following which his handset had been confiscated and analysed.

Raza will be able to appeal against the death penalty at Lahore High Court and then, if required, in Pakistan's Supreme Court.

The Express Tribune, a local newspaper,reported that the verdict came days after a college professor was refused bail in another case involving accusations of blasphemy on social media in Pakistan.

Amnesty International recently published a report critical of the country's blasphemy laws.

Its Pakistan campaigner, Nadia Rahman, has called for Raza's immediate release.

"Convicting and sentencing someone to death for allegedly posting blasphemous material online is a violation of international human rights law and sets a dangerous precedent," she told the BBC.

"No one should be hauled before an anti-terrorism court or any other court solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief online."

GETTY IMAGES*There were anti-Facebook protests in 2010 after a competition to draw the Prophet Muhammad

The developments come seven years after a Pakistan court temporarily blocked local access to Facebook after the social network was used to promote a contest to draw images of Prophet Muhammad - an act considered to be offensive by many Muslims.

Source: BBC

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Electricity regulator, NERC, directs Nigerians without prepaid meters to stop paying bills

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has reminded electricity consumers not provided with prepared meters by March 1 to stop paying electric bills presented by Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

The commission also ordered the DISCOs not to disconnect any such customer that refuses to pay the bills and further advised such customers to report to the commission if disconnected.

NERC gave the directive on Wednesday in a statement on its website and said it was part of its sanctioning of defaulting DISCOs who failed to provide meters for its customers before the March 1 deadline.

In line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers, NERC had in June 2016 after consultation with the operators, directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before November 30, 2016.

According to NERC, the commission at the expiration of that notice, granted three months moratorium which expired on March 1, to enable the DISCOs effectively execute the metering deployment plan for MD customers.

According to the statement, the sanction was sequel to the expiration of the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.

The statement reads in part:

“A directive was issued to distribution companies by the Commission in June 2016 for all MD customers to be metered by 30 November 2016.

“The Commission received appeals on compliance deadline from distribution companies prior to the expiration of the 30 November 2016 deadline.  The deadline was extended to 1 March 2017 after consideration of appeals received from distribution companies.

“Upon due consideration of facts above and the expiration of the compliance deadline granted to distribution companies on the metering of MD customers; the Commission hereby directs as follows –

“1.    Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 shall not pay any electricity bill presented by a distribution company on the basis of estimated billing methodology and these customers are advised to report this to the Commission.

“2.    No distribution company shall disconnect any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 on the basis of the customer’s refusal to pay a bill issued after the compliance deadline on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

“3.    Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 should notify the Commission directly.”

Credit: Premium Times

Naked cyclists strip off in Manchester for nude bike ride

CYCLISTS stripped off for the World Naked Bike Ride through Manchester yesterday.


FUN: Women stripped off for the naked cycling event in Manchester

Naked lads and lasses pedalled through the streets to protest against the lack of protection for cyclists in cities

The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world and is also about getting more people active.

The group met up together in a park and painted each others’ bodies with pro-cycling messages.


CHEEKY: Lasses embrace as they finish the cycling

“I’ve done this event almost every year”

Becca Warren

Cheerful pics show men and women with big smiles on their faces and embracing as they finished the ride.

This isn't the first event of its kind this year.

Naked cyclists strip off in Manchester for nude bike ride

One rider had the message “fragile” painted on his back and another brought a giant inflatable globe to wear on his back.

Others had yellow and back stripes painted on to symbolise a bee – celebrating the city after a terrorist bomber targeted Manchester Arena last month.

Becca Warren, from Stretford, took part in the ride with her housemate.

She told Manchester Evening News: “I’ve done this event almost every year.

“This year we wanted to go with a Manchester bee theme to pay tribute and to celebrate Manchester.

“And bees are important to our existence.”

Joe Smith, from Withington, had his back painted with bee symbols.

He added: “We want to pay tribute to this great city.”

Everyone rang their bicycle bells as they rode around the city and crowds cheered them on.

Source: UK Daily Star

Friday, June 9, 2017

Married female teacher arrested in US after 'videos of her having sex with student' go viral

A HIGH school teacher has been arrested by cops after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Amber Turnage, a former biology teacher at Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi, US, was charged with six counts of sexual battery for having intercourse with and performing other sexual acts on the student.

An attorney for the teen claimed the affair was discovered after several students reported Turnage, who is married with children, to school staff.

“My client was entrapped by a sexual scam," said Warren Martin, the unnamed boy’s lawyer.

"This teacher saw him, preyed upon him and when she realised he was close to revealing her criminality, she sought efforts to conceal it by offering my client cash payments."


INVESTIGATION: Amber Turnage allegedly filmed herself having sex with a student

Martin claimed the allegations had been reported to the appropriate authorities and his client is "distraught".

Graphic videos depicting sexual acts, including one showing the teacher performing oral sex, were said to have been posted across social media.

Jackson Public School District released a statement on the allegations.

It read: “The District takes these allegations very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation.


HOME LIFE: The 39-year-old is said to be married with kids

“The teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

“Once the investigation is complete, JPS will take the appropriate action.

“We have reported this matter to our local law enforcement agency. The Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Department of Education has also been notified.

“The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance and a top priority.”

Source: UK Daily Star

Ex-BBC presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth jailed for sex offences

WARWICKSHIRE POLICE*The Wadsworths are "sexual predators" who lived "double lives", prosecutors said

Two former BBC radio presenters have each been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting under-age boys.

Husband and wife Tony and Julie Wadsworth were found guilty by a majority verdict of encouraging six boys to take part in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996.

The couple were also convicted at Warwick Crown Court of outraging public decency by having sex in woodland.

The pair, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, had denied the charges.

Following a three-week trial, Julie Wadsworth, 60, was convicted by majority 10-2 verdicts of nine indecent assaults against boys and five counts of outraging public decency.

Her spouse, 69, who acted as a "look-out", was found guilty of the same charges, also by majority verdicts.

Both were found not guilty of three counts of indecent assault, two of which related to a single complainant.

PA*The couple claimed they had "hanky panky" outdoors in order to boost Julie Wadsworth's self esteem

Some victims, who were aged 11 to 15 at the time of the offences, told the court Julie Wadsworth was variously dressed in a "flasher's mac" trench coat, white high-heels, stockings, suspenders and a split-skirt.

Prosecutors said the abuse took place at a number of locations, including the couple's then home in Atherstone, Warwickshire, as well as on a nearby golf course and surrounding woodland.

During the trial, the Wadsworths - who married in 1994 - told how they had outdoor "hanky panky" in order to empower Julie Wadsworth and help her with body image issues stemming from a troubled past.

She admitted having sexual encounters with "young men" but repeatedly denied any of them had been under the age of consent.

PA*Julie Wadsworth "loved the attention" of young boys and her husband encouraged her, the judge said

In court it emerged that two groups of victims contacted police after a complainant realised what had taken place in the 90s "was not right and not appropriate".

In videos of police interviews played to the jury, the man claimed he had up to 15 sexual encounters as a teenager with Julie Wadsworth - around half of them before he turned 16.

On one occasion, the court heard, Tony Wadsworth joined in a "threesome" with the teenager at the couple's home after he turned 16.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth were a well-known double act in the Midlands, presenting together for more than two decades for BBC local radio in Leicester and in Birmingham.

The couple were known for their double-entendres and "Carry On" sense of humour - and played up to it on camera and for publicity.

Although little-known outside the Midlands, the case generated lurid headlines in the newspapers as details of the couple's sex lives were revealed in court.

Staff who worked with them said they had absolutely no suspicions about their sexual behaviour.

Another victim, who was 14 at the time, told the court he was "100% convinced" that a couple he saw having sex against a tree in 1992 were the Wadsworths and said she had performed a sex act on him.

One of the complainants told the trial Julie Wadsworth "must have known" her victims were under-age because of their physical appearance.

The sixth witness estimated that he was about 11 when he and older boys saw the Wadsworths having sex against a tree.

He was either 12 or 13 when he and two other boys were indecently assaulted, the man recalled.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said the "grave" offences had caused emotional damage to all the victims.

He said Julie Wadsworth, had "loved the attention and that young boys were attracted to you" and her husband had encouraged the offences.

He said it would have been obvious to anyone that the victims - some of whom were riding bikes or climbing trees in parkland - were young boys.

The Wadsworths enjoyed a high profile among local radio listeners in the Midlands

As the verdicts were returned, Julie Wadsworth repeatedly gulped and wiped away tears. Her husband showed little emotion.

Mitigating for her after conviction, David Hislop QC said: "At 60 years of age, hers has been a tragic fall from grace... a period of incarceration will be made even more difficult for her, knowing the stigma attached to her convictions will carry on forever."

Tony Wadsworth's lawyer, Michelle Clarke, said the hardest thing for him would be being separated from his wife.

Speaking after the case, David Rouse, a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had lived "double lives".

"In their public and professional lives they were a couple who came across as caring, warm and respectable.

"However, in their private lives, they preyed on young, impressionable victims for their own sexual gratification."

He thanked the victims for their courage in bringing "two sexual predators to justice".

Det Sgt Rhys Bower, from Warwickshire Police, said: "These two individuals gave no thought to the impact their actions were having on the young boys they abused; they were only concerned with their own gratification."

The NSPCC said: "The Wadsworths' behaviour has been exposed for what it is - child sexual abuse.

"Julie Wadsworth's fatuous claim in court that she was a victim in this case is insulting.

"The true victims were young boys who were repeatedly encouraged to engage in illegal sexual activity."

A BBC spokesman said the Wadsworths were last on air in December 2015 and no longer work for the corporation.

Source: BBC

Iraqi government rejects Kurdish move for independence

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said in April he respected the Kurdish right to vote on independence, but didn't think the timing was right [Reuters]

The Iraqi government has said it would reject any unilateral move by Kurdish regional authorities to press for independence, according to a spokesman in the capital, Baghdad.

The statement on Friday comes two days after Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG),announced that a referendum on Kurdish independence would be held on September 25.

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"No party can, on its own, decide the fate of Iraq, in isolation from the other parties," Saad al-Haddithi, Iraqi government spokesman, said in a statement.

"Iraq is constitutionally a democratic, federal country with full sovereignty ... Any measure from any side in Iraq should be based on the constitution," Haddithi said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had said in April that he respected the Kurdish right to vote on independence, but he did not think the timing was right for the move.

The referendum on whether to secede from Iraq is planned to be held in the three governorates that make up the Kurdish region, and in the areas that are disputed by the Kurdish and Iraqi governments but are currently under Kurdish military control.

The disputed areas include swaths of northern territory that are claimed by both Kurdish Iraq and Baghdad, including the key oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

'Terrible mistake'

Opposition in Baghdad to Kurdish Iraq becoming independent would become even greater if the region tried to take disputed territory along with it.

Turkey also came out against the referendum on Friday, calling the plan a "terrible mistake".

"The maintenance of Iraq's territorial integrity and political unit is one of the fundamental principles of Turkey's Iraq policy," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

States that neighbour Iraq, including Turkey, as well as Syria and Iran, and which all have large and sometimes restive Kurdish populations, have in the past resisted moves towards Kurdish independence.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

PHOTOS: Two drug Traffickers arrested at Lagos Airport

Two drug traffickers have been arrested at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos as they attempted to export drugs out of the country.

One of the suspects, Joseph Oparaji Okechukwu, 59, said he was a contractor and blamed the present economic recession in Nigeria for nudging him into drug smuggling. The other suspect, Austine Ikenna Nnaji, 41, was identified as a safety officer in Qatar. Mr. Nnaji reportedly feigned ignorance of the content of his luggage, which he claimed to have received from a friend at the airport.

A spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mitchel Ofoyeju, said Mr. Okechukwu was bound for New York City on Turkish Airlines while Mr. Nnaji was on his way to Doha, Qatar on Ethiopian Airlines. He added that officials of the anti-narcotics agency arrested the two suspects during a screening of passengers on the two airlines.

Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA commander at Lagos airport, said Mr. Okechukwu excreted 1.105 kg of brownish substances that tested positive for heroin. The other suspect, Mr. Nnaji, was found to have concealed 11.540 kg of marijuana and 490 grams of tramadol in his luggage.

Mr. Garba explained that the suspects were still under investigation by a team of the NDLEA’s anti-narcotics officers.

The agency stated that Mr. Okechukwu offered a confessional statement in which he attributed his crime to Nigeria’s economic downturn and to the “devil.” The suspect, who hails from Imo State, resides in the Surulere area of Lagos. The agency quoted him as saying, “I am sick and in debt. I did not smuggle drugs deliberately. Since 2015, I have been living in abject poverty to the extent that l cannot take care of my family. This is the handiwork of the devil and I regret everything now.”

On his part, Mr. Nnaji, who hails from Enugu State, reportedly claimed a friend handed him the luggage containing the drugs at the Lagos Airport. According to NDLEA agents, the suspect stated that a friend of his who is based in Qatar had sent someone to him at the airport to deliver the luggage, adding that the messenger claimed the contents were foodstuff.

Mr. Nnaji reportedly wrote, “I work as a safety officer in Qatar and I came to Nigeria to visit my parents and make arrangements for my marriage. My friend in Qatar called me and asked me to assist him in bringing some foodstuffs. When the bag was given to me at the airport, I almost rejected it because it was too heavy. Unfortunately, the drugs were detected by NDLEA officers.”

Colonel Mustapha Abdallah (ret.), the NDLEA’s Chief Executive Officer, disclosed that the anti-narcotics agency had perfected strategies to detect hidden drugs by couriers.

He warned drug traffickers attempting to smuggle drugs through the airports, seaports and land borders to realize that they were walking in troubled waters. He said the two suspects would soon be charged to court. Nnaji Ikenna Austin after his arrestNDLEA HandoutOkechukwu Oparaji JosephNDLEA HandoutConcealed drugsNDLEA Handout

 Source: Sahara Reporters