td – Volume 3 – EVENTS FOR THOUGHT-At Home & Abroad
Illustration copyright: John D. Batten; English Fairy Tales; Wikipedia
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EVENTS FOR THOUGHT – At Home & Abroad; UPDATE;
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015.
FOUR MONTHS OLD BABY RESCUED FROM NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RUBBLE 22 HOURS AFTER.
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Nepal quake toll could reach 7,000
London Times; APRIL 28, 2015
Angry crowds gathered outside aid distribution centres in the Nepalese capital yesterday to demand food and shelter, three days after a devastating earthquake that rescuers believe killed more than 7,000 people.
“We need help,” said Ram Pauden, who like thousands of others was living outdoors under a plastic sheet in one of Kathmandu’s main parks, fearful of another earthquake. “There is no shelter — nothing. We are desperate. The prices are going up for everything”
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Buhari bars AIT from covering his activities
THE CABLE NEWS ONLINE; NIGERIA; APRIL, 28, 2015
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has barred the African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities, citing issues of “ethics and standard” that need to be sorted out with the broadcast medium.
Acting on orders on Monday, security operatives at the Defence House, where Buhari is currently resident, would not let the AIT crew into the building.
Buhari received the Cuban and Switzerland ambassadors as well as other guests, but AIT was denied coverage.
Speaking on the issue Garba Shehu, spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, said: “AIT has been asked to step aside based on security and family concerns.
“In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.
“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside because, like I said, there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.
“You can quote me that I said that we have asked them to step aside and that we are resolving the the issues of ethics and standards with them.”
Prior to the March 28 presidential election, AIT aired a series of documentaries considered to have disparaged Buhari, his late wife and late daughter, as well as other prominent faces in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
AIT free to cover Buhari’s activities, says APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says all accredited media organisations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
On Monday night, Garba Shehu, spokesman of the Buhari campaign organisation, announced that Buhari had barred AIT from covering his activities, citing issues of “ethics and standard” that need to be sorted out with the broadcast medium.
“AIT has been asked to step aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics,” Shehu said.
“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside… You can quote me that I said that we have asked them to step aside and that we are resolving the the issues of ethics and standards with them.”
However, Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of APC, issued a statement to say the incoming Buhari administration would not discriminate against any media organisation, irrespective of its role during the electioneering leading up to the recent polls.
It enjoined all media organisations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.
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Bali To Execute Two Australians Today
Seven others waiting to die “soon”
Monitored in Lagos, Nigeria; TUESDAY, 28th. APRIL, 2015
Nine prisoners, including two Australians, are to be executed by firing squad in Bali later today.
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart on Monday advising her there would be no reprieve for smugglers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
“They gave no indication that (Indonesian) President (Joko) Widodo would change his mind and grant the clemency that we have sought,” she said.
Family members paid their final visit to the pair and wailed in grief as empty white coffins arrived at Besi prison.
Crosses to be used for the coffins, inscribed with the date 29.04.2015, have also been made. The dates on the crosses were later covered up.
Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, are among nine mainly foreign prisoners scheduled to be killed at 6pm BST.
Four Nigerians, an Indonesian, a Brazilian and a Filipino have also been told they will soon face the firing squad.
Indonesia has harsh punishments for drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.
Chan and Sukumaran – ringleaders of a group of Australian smugglers who became known as the Bali Nine – were arrested at the main airport on the holiday island in 2005 for trying to smuggle 8kg of heroin to Australia.
They both face being tied to wooden planks in a field and shot by a firing squad of 12 police officers aiming at the heart.
They will be given the signal to fire by a commander dropping a sword.
However, only three of the squad will fire live rounds, so as not to identify the executioners.
According to the execution procedure, which is laid down in Indonesian law, if the first round of bullets does not kill them, they will be shot in the head.
Medical staff will then pronounce death before their bodies are handed over to their families.
Chan married his Indonesian girlfriend at the jail in Nusakambangan prison island with family and friends on Monday – his final wish.
Death row convicts in Indonesia can request spiritual counsellors in their final hours, but Australian media said Chan and Sukumaran had seen theirs rejected.
“Last bit of dignity denied,” Chan’s brother Michael told Fairfax Media in a text.
In Australia, celebrities including Oscar-winning Geoffrey Rush have lobbied for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fly to Indonesia to help save the two.
Protests have also taken place outside the Indonesian embassy in Manila.
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‘Spirit’ Warned Woman Her Husband Was In Danger, She Rushed Home To Find Him Crushed Under Their Car
The Huffington Post UK
A woman saved her husband’s life after getting an inexplicable feeling that something bad had happened.
Nicole Mayhew, from Utah, was at work when she felt a strange sensation that something wasn’t right, so she rushed home to check on her husband.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Scott Mayhew had become trapped under the car he was working on in their family garage, after the vehicle had fallen off the jack.
Scott Mayhew had been trapped under the car for an hour and a half crying for help, but nobody had heard him.
“He said he remembers he could barely breathe and he kept thinking he could hear the cars go by,” his wife, Nicole Mayhew told Fox 13. “He didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Nicole believes that a “spirit” alerted her to her husband’s danger.
As soon as she pulled up onto their driveway, she knew she’d been right to come home.
“I got out and I heard my husband say, ‘help me love,’ and he was in the garage,” she said. “I thought, ‘it’s on him, it’s got to be on him, the car,’ that’s what’s in my head, so I knew immediately.”
“When I came in he knew I was panicking and he just slowly said, ‘I’m OK,’ but I knew he was in a lot of pain,” said Nicole. “He said call 911 and when he said that I knew it was not good.”
With the help of a neighbour, Nicole managed to lift the vehicle off her husband using the jack.
She added: “He was still talking a little, he couldn’t breathe that well at all, it just freaked me out. He said he kept praying for me to come home.”
When paramedics arrived, they flew the father-of-five to the University of Utah Hospital as they were concerned he might have internal bleeding.
He came away with six broken ribs and, luckily, his life – all thanks to his wife’s intuition.
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