Saturday, 26 March 2016

Iraq football pitch bombing shocks FIFA

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed shock and sadness on Saturday at a suicide attack that ripped through a trophy ceremony

Buhari vows to end mass killing, abduction of Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari today promised that mass killings of innocent Nigerians, abductions and other criminal atrocities would soon become history in the country.
The president made the pledge in his Easter message to the nation.
He said that his administration was determined to achieve peace and security across the nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hindered national progress.
He explained that already, the nation’s security apparatus were being reformed and empowered to win the war against terrorism and other criminal activities across the country.
He stressed that the unfortunate incidents in recent years involving the wanton shedding of the blood of men, women and children in frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence had become embarrassing and unacceptable.
He said, “My administration is determined to achieve peace and security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hinder our national progress.
“I ask for the support of all Nigerians in this regard. We must put a stop to politically motivated killings. Our communities must be made safe again for all inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony.
“Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in our beloved country.
“Let us all also play our parts as patriotic citizens and do all that we can to ensure that we make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and happier place for its people and others.”
The President, who rejoiced with Nigerians, especially Christian brothers and sisters, who were celebrating Easter, urged them to imbibe the essential message of Jesus Christ, who repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to “love one another as I have loved you.”
He added, “As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.
“Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world’s other great religions enjoined mankind.”
NAN

[UPDATE] Abducted Edo lawmaker’s mother escapes kidnappers’ den


Alexander Okere, Benin
The 68-year-old mother of a lawmaker in the Edo State House of Assembly, Abibat Adjoto, who was reportedly abducted by suspected kidnappers, ‎has regained her freedom.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Osifo Abiodun, confirmed this to our correspondent this evening.
‎The woman, whose son, Kabiru Adjoto, represents Akoko Edo II constituency, was said to have been kidnapped on Thursday at her residence within Ikakumo village, in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state.
‎She was reportedly abducted along with one of her adopted sons, whose name could not to be verified.
According sources, the suspected kidnappers invaded the village at about 1am on Thursday, shooting sporadically for about two hours, causing the villagers to scamper for safety.
Efforts to reach the three-time lawmaker for comments on Saturday were unsuccessful.
‎But a source close to the family, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the kidnappers forcefully took their victims away, after beating them up.
It was also learnt that the abductors had yet to make any contact with the family of the victims.
‎The source said, “They came to our village and started shooting. They took mama away and one of her sons.”
The police spokesman said Abiba‎t reportedly escaped from the kidnappers den on the same day.
‎Abiodun, who said that she has since been reunited with her family, however, noted that he was aware of the abduction of one of her adopted sons.
“‎It was a failed attempt. The woman escaped from them; they did not succeed. Of course, the police were mobilised. Members of her community were also mobilised and they intervened,”‎ he said.

Fresh power tussle in APC: Buhari woos Tinubu for support


Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu and Olalekan Adetayo
There are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari is making fresh moves to woo the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Saturday PUNCH reliably learnt on Friday that before the President’s recent moves, the relationship between the duo had not been rosy.
Findings showed that Buhari decided to reach out to Tinubu to seek his support for the control of the APC.
It was gathered that Tinubu was not happy with the appointments the President had been making since his inauguration on May 29 last year.
Investigations revealed that among those the APC leader had tipped for appointments under the Buhari administration were a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Mr. Wale Edun, and a former Commissioner for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Yemi Cardoso.
A member of the APC National Working Committee, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, said that Tinubu had been loyal to Buhari.
According to him, Tinubu was fighting Buhari’s battle when he decided to support Senator Ahmed Lawan and move against Senator Bukola Saraki for the senate presidency.
The national officer stated that Buhari was aware of the fact that Tinubu had been loyal to him since he (Buhari) joined the presidential race.
He said, “You will recall that Tinubu was initially supporting George Akume for the senate president position, but he switched over to Lawan when it became obvious that that was the man the President preferred. Also, many APC members are aware that Tinubu lost out in ministerial and many of the appointments made by the President.”
Another prominent member of the party told Saturday PUNCH that Tinubu had been maintaining what he described as a “siddon look” attitude towards the President before now.
He said prominent  members of the party were worried that the president failed to consider the APC leader’s candidates for appointments.
A Presidency source, who confirmed the recent moves by Buhari, said that the President was not unaware of what the APC national leader did for him.
The source stated that Buhari’s reaching out to Tinubu was borne out of the alleged subtle moves by some elements in the party, including a former Kano State Governor, Dr.  Rabiu Kwankwaso, to reposition themselves for the 2019 presidential race.
The former Kano State governor was alleged to have launched his 2019 presidential ambition during his visit to Kano early this month.
The Kano State chapter of the APC had, at a press conference in Kano, said that it was probing the former governor’s “misconduct,” adding that there was no presidential vacancy in the party.
But Kwankwaso, in a statement signed by his Chief of Staff, Yunusa Dangwani, said the former governor did not launch any presidential campaign.
Explaining the governor’s visit to Kano, the aide said, “It is appalling and rather unfortunate that the good gesture of Senator Kwankwaso has been mischievously interpreted wrongly.”
Although former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has been a loyal APC man, our correspondents gathered that chieftains of the party were aware that he was not uninterested in the presidency.
In an interview with Sunday PUNCH in 2015, when asked if he would contest for the presidency again, he said that it was too early to answer such a question.
He had said, “It is quite too early for such a question. We are in a transition process. We have not even formed the next government. You are asking me whether I will like to run again or not. I think it is just too early.”
It was gathered that Buhari was aware of the moves by some elements in the party to position themselves for the 2019 presidential race.
That, investigations showed, informed the decision of the party caucus at its meeting on Tuesday to declare that there was no presidential vacancy.
According to a report on Thursday, the APC national caucus, comprising serving and former governors, the National Assembly leadership, and selected members of the national executive of the party, at the meeting said the endorsement of Buhari for a second term would help to stabilise the polity in the face of what members described as the 16-year rot inherited from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Another top member of the APC, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, said, “Buhari needs the support of Tinubu to survive the onslaught of elements that want to seize the control of the party ahead of the 2019 elections.”
The party chieftain stated that in boards and other appointments that would be made by the President in the months ahead, Tinubu’s loyalists would be taken care of as a way of wooing the APC leader.
He said, “Although the President is not somebody who can be dictated to, he is not an ungrateful person. He is aware of the role played by Tinubu in his election and he will not abandon the man.”
When contacted, the Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, declined comments.
Repeated calls to the Director-General of the Atiku Media Office, Mazi Paul Ibe, indicated that his phone “was either switched off or out of coverage area.”
The first call was at 2:56 pm, the last was at 6:14 pm
Also efforts to get the spokesman for Tinubu, Mr. Sunday Dare, did not succeed as calls to his mobile telephone did not go through. He had not responded to an SMS sent to him as of the time of sending this report.
But a prominent member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it would be good if Buhari could reach out Tinubu in view of the contributions of the party leader towards Buhari’s victory at the poll.
Also, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, who was the Joint House Leader of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party, in the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, advised the APC to learn from history.
The former lawmaker said President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC must find a way of working together in spite of whatever individual differences they might have.
He said, “I would advise that President Buhari sits with the leadership of his party for them to do some soul searching.
“They must realise that they need each other to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians; they must be seen to be on the same page on issues of policy and what have you.
“Those handling the President must be able to tell him some home truths about how democracy works-you need people.”
Speaking in a similar vein, a public affairs commentator and member of the civil society, Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, said it would be a disaster if the APC begins to behave like the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said, “We strongly advise the APC to sit down and resolve their issues and avoid distractions.
“Whether true or not, there are rumours of a frosty relationship between and among leaders of the party. The sooner action is taken to ensure that these rumours don’t turn out to be true, the better. If on the other hand they are true, it is better that whatever the issues are; they are quickly resolved in the interest of the party and the nation.
“Nigerians have invested so much hope in the APC to be let down on account of unresolved internal wrangling. It is time for the party to sort itself out and move the nation forward.”
The National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said, “Most of the legacy parties in APC never knew the basics of internal democracy and the party itself was formed as a special vehicle to grab power.
“Now that they are in power, they must learn how to democratise internally as they cannot give the country what they don’t have.
“It is frightening that they have allegedly scrapped their BOT because they can’t agree on who to chair it. The implication of that for the polity is that if any democratic situation in the polity would not serve their interest, they would look for an undemocratic means to scuttle it. Indeed the embarrassing political situations we have seen in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers partly flow from this undemocratic mood.
“The APC must learn to subject its internal activities to democratic processes so as to be able to affect the polity positively.”

Suicide bomber detained in Cameroon says she’s one of Chibok girls

Fidelis Soriwei and Jesusegun Alagbe
A suspected female suicide bomber who was intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up claimed to be one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, North-East Nigeria in April 2014, military and local government sources said.
According to a Reuters report on Friday, two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in the village of Limani in northern Cameroon.
They were then handed over to Cameroonian soldiers belonging to a multi-national force set up to take on Boko Haram.
Boko Haram militants raided Chibok, Borno State in April 2014, abducting about 300 schoolgirls, who have since been in their captivity.
Despite several promises by former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari, the girls have yet to be found.
“One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls,” a local government administrator, Raymond Roksdo, told Reuters.
Two military sources, who asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the press, also confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok abductees.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything,” one of the military sources said.
Meanwhile, the troops of the Nigerian Army have killed two female suicide bombers who were allegedly planning attacks in Borno State.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that soldiers of the 7 Division Garrison, Maiduguri, on Friday intercepted the two female suicide bombers around 1.20 am south of Umurari village on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Usman said that while one of the female suicide bombers detonated the explosives strapped to her body and killed herself on sighting the soldiers, the other was taken out by one of the snipers of the garrison.
He said that the combined team of the army and the Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal detonated the explosive device that was strapped to the body of the late female suicide bomber.
He said the troops and the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force were combing the area to prevent a further breach of peace there.
He said, “The ever alert and vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison based in Maiduguri, in conjunction with Civilian JTF, averted yet another suicide attack on the innocent citizens of Borno State today.
“The troops intercepted two female suicide bombers at about 1.20am this morning, almost 100 metres south of Umurari village, outskirts of Maiduguri.
“However, one of the suicide bombers, on sighting our troops, detonated her explosive device, killing herself instantly, while the second bomber, in an attempt to escape, was gunned down by one of the garrison snipers.
“The combined team of the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices strapped on the gunned down suicide bomber.
“It is important to state that there was no casualty beyond the two suicide bombers. Presently, the troops and the Civilian JTF deployed in the village are now combing the general area to forestall further breach of security.”

Missing American siblings confirmed dead in the Brussels terror attack

Missing New York siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski whose cell phone went dead while they were talking to their mom at the airport when that terror bomb blast went off on Tuesday have been confirmed dead on Friday. They were named as part of the 31 killed in the Brussels terror attacks.
The heartbreaking news ended a desperate search that started the moment their cell call from the airport to their mom in Holland sounded like it “went underwater” and then went dead, James Cain, whose daughter Cameron was engaged to Alexander, told the Daily News.
“It’s agonizing beyond any parent’s worst nightmare,” said Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark.
“They had no other children,” Cain said of parents Edmond and Marjan. “They are strong Dutch fiber, but you can only imagine how devastating this is for them.”
Cain said that the Belgian authorities met with the families of missing people and shared the names of the remaining survivors late Thursday.

“Then Friday morning authorities and the ambassador came to visit the family and confirmed that overnight the remains of Sascha and Alexander had been positively identified,” he said.

He said the siblings only comfort was knowing that they are together.

“The parents and Cameron were able to visit with them one last time this afternoon,” he said Friday after flying with Cameron to Brussels.
Funeral services are expected next week near the family’s home in Lanaken, Belgium, outside Maastricht, Holland, he said.

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Woman sues hospital for removing wrong rib and trying to cover it up

doctor at Yale Hospital in Connecticut is being sued by a patient for not only removing the wrong rib from her body, but also allegedly trying to convince her that no mistake had been made.
According to the NY Daily Mail, Deborah Craven, a 60 year old woman from Milford Connecticut, was scheduled to have her eighth rib removed last May due to a lesion. However, after the operation, Craven reportedly still experienced pain in the same area, so her doctor ordered her to have an x-ray exam to find out why she was still in pain after the successful surgery.


According to the scan, not only had doctors removed the wrong rib, but the metal coils used in the operation had also been left inside of her.

Craven’s suit explained that Dr. Anthony Kim, who did not take part in the surgery, told her of the mistake and booked her in for a follow-up surgery the next day. The doctor who made the mistake of removing the wrong rib, Dr. Ricardo Quarrie, a resident at the hospital, told Craven that her surgery was not due to the wrong rib being removed but that not enough of the rib had been removed.

Craven believes that Quarrie lied “to cover up the removal of the wrong body part” in an effort to prevent her from accusing him of incompetence and negligence.
According to Craven’s lawyer, Joel Faxon, Craven said if Quarrie hadn't tried to cover up his mistake by lying to her, she would have never even initiated the lawsuit.

Yale-New Haven Hospital acknowledged that an error had been made and announced their plans to “immediately report it to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.”


The case is in court and investigations are underway.

More photos from Omotola Jalade Ekeinde's anniversary getaway


Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her husband, Capt. Mathew, are still having fun & celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in Hawaii...see another photo after the cut...

Fuel scarcity: This truck is conveying people from Abuja to Lokoja for 500 Naira


According to Uchola Godwin who shared the photo on Facebook today:
"What a change we in! Dat truck is taking pple from Abuja to Lokoja for #500. See how pple are running to enter kos of fuel scarcity

Graphic photos: Nigerian army intercepts two female suicide bombers in Borno State


The ever alert and vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison based in Maiduguri, in conjunction with Civilian JTF averted yet another suicide attack on the innocent citizens in Borno State today.


The troops intercepted 2 female suicide bombers at about 1.20am this morning, almost 100 metres south of Umurari village, outskirts of Maiduguri.
However, one of the suicide bombers on sighting own troops detonated her explosive device, killing herself instantly, while the second bomber in an attempt to escape was gunned down by one of the Garrison snipers.

The combined team of Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army’s Explosive Ordinance Device team safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices strapped on the gunned down suicide bomber.

It is important to state that there was no casualty beyond the two suicide bombers. Presently, the troops and the Civilian JTF deployed in the village are now combing the general area to forestall further breach of security.
The situation in the area is calm and law abiding citizens are going about their normal activities without fear.

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Throwback photo of Bishop David Oyedepo and his family


Pictured here is the founder of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, his wife Faith Abiola and four children, Love Ogah, Joyce, David Jnr and Isaac. Nice!

Drake shares throwback pic


 
He's always been such a cutie!

My failed marriage left me ashamed to talk about relationships... not anymore - Toke Makinwa


While introducing her new vlog for the week titled "Before you say I do", Toke Makinwa said her marriage crisis with her estranged husband, Maje Ayida, last year, left her ashamed to talk about relationships but she has however overcome the shame‎. See what she wrote above.

Real Madrid star, James Rodriguez, shares cute pic with his daughter


The 24 year old football star posted the picture on his instagram page. Really cute!

Photos: DG of NYSC pays condolence visit to family of corps member who was killed during Rivers rerun


 
The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, has paid a condolence visit to the family of Samuel Okonta, a youth corper who was killed during the rerun election in Rivers state last Saturday. He also paid a condolence visit to Obi Akazue Gbemudu II, the paramount ruler of Illah town in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State where Samuel hails from. More photos after the cut.


 

More adorable photos of Wizkid's son with Binta Diamond Diallo


Binta Diallo shared more photos of her son with Wizkid on her Instagram page. Another photo after the cut...

Bangladeshi Islamists threaten violence if Supreme Court drops Islam as the country's main religion


Thousands of Muslims rallied in Bangladesh's capital on Friday to denounce a court petition seeking to remove Islam as the country's official state religion.
About 3,000 Muslims protested outside the national mosque in Dhaka against the petition, filed by a group of prominent citizens, which is to be taken up by the High Court on Sunday.
The Hifazat-e-Islam Bangladesh group called for a mass strike on Friday, warning that "Millions of Muslims will come out of mosques against the Supreme Court” and punish the judges. The Islamic fundamentalist group Hifazat-e-Islam Bangladesh has threatened retaliation and a general strike if the Supreme Court seriously considers dropping Islam as the state religion.
“Bangladesh is a country where 92 per cent of the people are Muslim. If anybody removes our religion from the constitution, we shall oppose them. If the government and the Supreme Court do it, they will offend our religious sentiment,” said the Hifazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi. Huge mass protest and people will follow with dire consequences.
"We are here to give a message to authorities that we will not tolerate any move to cancel Islam as state religion," said Abdur Rahim, a participant. "We will resist such moves at any cost."

The judges are currently holding public hearings to decide whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which makes Islam the state religion.
“We abide by the court, but we hope it will not take any decision which will force religious people to take to the streets and cause chaos in the country,” Islamabadi noted.
Military dictator H.M. Ershad declared Islam the state religion in 1988 to win support during a campaign by major political parties to oust him from power. He resigned amid large protests in 1990.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina brought back secularism as a pillar of the constitution in 2011, but retained Islam as the state religion.



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Photo: Does he use waist trainer?


I wonder... Source: @Lammiblaq/twitter

Kim K flaunts her post baby bod


Kim K looked really nice as she flaunted her post baby body as she was pictured running errands in LA, California. More photos after the cut..

These photos of Nigerian football fans in a 25,000-seat stadium are scary


Nigeria hosted Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Friday and a lot of fans turned out to watch it live. So many in fact, that they crammed into every nook and cranny of the stadium. In ways that seem incredibly dangerous. The scenes look incredibly dangerous, but fortunately it looks like everyone made it out of the stadium safely. No casualty reported. James Fielden shared the photos on tweeter, someone made a comment as to why Nigerian princes couldn't afford a bigger stadium and the convo went South, lol. More photos and tweets after the cut...




Peter Okoye claps back at fan who criticized his sexy bedroom photo & caption


Peter Okoye who is currently in Rotterdam for a show with his brother, shared this hotel room photo with the caption: "Chilaxing! Relaxing! But sexual at the same time #Rotterdam". A fan made a comment about the photo and Peter clapped back. Read the convo after the cut..

Missing American siblings confirmed dead in the Brussels terror attack


Missing New York siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski whose cell phone went dead while they were talking to their mom at the airport when that terror bomb blast went off on Tuesday have been confirmed dead on Friday. They were named as part of the 31 killed in the Brussels terror attacks.
The heartbreaking news ended a desperate search that started the moment their cell call from the airport to their mom in Holland sounded like it “went underwater” and then went dead, James Cain, whose daughter Cameron was engaged to Alexander, told the Daily News.
“It’s agonizing beyond any parent’s worst nightmare,” said Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark.
“They had no other children,” Cain said of parents Edmond and Marjan. “They are strong Dutch fiber, but you can only imagine how devastating this is for them.”
Cain said that the Belgian authorities met with the families of missing people and shared the names of the remaining survivors late Thursday.

“Then Friday morning authorities and the ambassador came to visit the family and confirmed that overnight the remains of Sascha and Alexander had been positively identified,” he said.

He said the siblings only comfort was knowing that they are together.

“The parents and Cameron were able to visit with them one last time this afternoon,” he said Friday after flying with Cameron to Brussels.
Funeral services are expected next week near the family’s home in Lanaken, Belgium, outside Maastricht, Holland, he said.

Woman sues hospital for removing wrong rib and trying to cover it up


doctor at Yale Hospital in Connecticut is being sued by a patient for not only removing the wrong rib from her body, but also allegedly trying to convince her that no mistake had been made.
According to the NY Daily Mail, Deborah Craven, a 60 year old woman from Milford Connecticut, was scheduled to have her eighth rib removed last May due to a lesion. However, after the operation, Craven reportedly still experienced pain in the same area, so her doctor ordered her to have an x-ray exam to find out why she was still in pain after the successful surgery.


According to the scan, not only had doctors removed the wrong rib, but the metal coils used in the operation had also been left inside of her.

Craven’s suit explained that Dr. Anthony Kim, who did not take part in the surgery, told her of the mistake and booked her in for a follow-up surgery the next day. The doctor who made the mistake of removing the wrong rib, Dr. Ricardo Quarrie, a resident at the hospital, told Craven that her surgery was not due to the wrong rib being removed but that not enough of the rib had been removed.

Craven believes that Quarrie lied “to cover up the removal of the wrong body part” in an effort to prevent her from accusing him of incompetence and negligence.
According to Craven’s lawyer, Joel Faxon, Craven said if Quarrie hadn't tried to cover up his mistake by lying to her, she would have never even initiated the lawsuit.

Yale-New Haven Hospital acknowledged that an error had been made and announced their plans to “immediately report it to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.”


The case is in court and investigations are underway

More photos from Omotola Jalade Ekeinde's anniversary getaway


Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her husband, Capt. Mathew, are still having fun & celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in Hawaii

Friday, 25 March 2016

Congolese president wins third term after 32 years in office, opposition cries foul

Congo president Denis Sassou Nguesso was on Thursday declared the winner of presidential elections, extending his 32 years in power in a vote the opposition says was marked by "massive fraud".

 
Interior Minister Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou announced the results at 3:30am (0230 GMT) on national television, saying Sassou Nguesso had secured 60 percent of the vote in the tense weekend poll held under an ongoing communications blackout. Sassou Nguesso has ruled Congo for all but five years since 1979, having lived in Paris in exile from 1992 to 1997.

The official count gave runner-up Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas 15 percent of the vote, while General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko came in third with 14 percent.
Sassou Nguesso hailed the victory at his campaign headquarters, saying the Congolese people had "taken their destiny into their own hands" and adding that the campaign had produced a "very open" democratic debate in the former French colony.
Both of his main rivals had already rejected the partial results released Wednesday, with Kolelas' spokesman Vivien Manangou saying there had been "massive fraud".
Mokoko, who until February was Sassou Nguesso's security advisor, added: "I knew beforehand that the dice were loaded, but we had agreed to play the game."
He called for a recount, saying: "How do you want us to accept such a result?"
With telephones and the Internet cut off, neither candidate was immediately reachable after the official results were announced.
Oil- and timber-rich Congo has been on edge since an October constitutional referendum that ended a two-term limit on presidential mandates, allowing Sassou Nguesso, a 72-year-old former paratrooper colonel, to run for office again.
Critics accuse him of rampant corruption and nepotism, blasting the referendum result as a "constitutional coup".
Authorities imposed a communications blackout during the election to prevent opposition candidates from publishing "illegal results". A government source said they blackout would remain in place until after the official results.

Most shops in the south of the capital Brazzaville, an opposition stronghold, had stayed shut on Wednesday amid fears of unrest.
Kolelas' spokesman Manangou said security forces had stormed the candidate's campaign offices on Tuesday, hurling tear gas cannisters and causing a stampede that left one person dead.
A French journalist was present but was unable to confirm the death.
Mokoko and Kolelas, along with the three other opposition candidates, have urged people to "exercise their sovereignty" in the event of a Sassou Nguesso victory.
They created their own parallel "technical commission" to monitor the vote and compile information from polling stations to compare it to the official results.
They said they could say "with certainty" that the opposition had beat Sassou Nguesso in the first round and that a second-round election should be held.
The European Union refused to send election observers to monitor the polls, saying conditions had not been met for a transparent and democratic vote.
The international community has since expressed concern over the fairness of the vote and called for the opposing sides to resolve their differences calmly.
"This vote took place in a worrying context, particularly due to the cut in communications," said France's foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal.



Source: AFP

Woman pays for a Cinderella and Snow White tattoo, see what she got


Sarah Blackley from Christchurch, New Zealand, said on Facebook that she had paid $400 for a Cinderella and Snow White tattoo but the artist drew Cinderella clutching a knife and Snow White with no eyeballs.
She shared photos of the botched tattoo work on Facebook, asking people to share and help get the business shut down. She wrote:
'I recently got this "tattoo" and I am so utterly disgusted and embarrassed. $400 for what?! I refuse to wear short sleeves.
I am a tattoo lover as most of you know, this is on my skin forever,' she wrote.'I put my trust in him to give me Cinderella and Snow White. I have tried to contact him [the tattooer] prior to this post but no reply. I know how bad this is all I ask is no snarky comments please just share and help these guys get shut down.'
The spokesperson also said she had requested a 'zombie princess' sleeve tattoo - not a 'standard Disney-themed' one.
Sarah Blackley later took to her Facebook to apologize about asking for people to help her shut the business down. She wrote:
 “it was not my intentions to ruin the business and even though I said it, I regret it and apologise for what has happened to the business. I mean I'm still upset about my arm but they're losing business which isn't fair." A staff member at the studio says Ms Blackley's partner made contact with him.

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